Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Swissport Brussels is first station worldwide to receive IATA’s new CEIV pharma certification

Zurich, 08 April 2015  - Swissport International Ltd., the world’s leading provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, is proud to announce that its station Swissport Cargo in Brussels has successfully completed the validation process for IATA’s “Center of Excellence for Independent Validators” (CEIV) on Pharmaceutical Logistics. The certificate was handed over to Swissport at the World Cargo Symposium in Shanghai in March 2015.

In 2014, IATA established the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) on Pharmaceutical Logistics in close cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry, regulators and industry stakeholders. The certification aims at helping airlines, handlers and forwarders improve their share of the $60 billion a year pharmaceutical logistics market. The program, which includes implementation planning, on-site assessment, training and validation, marks a new standard in the pharmaceutical logistics industry and raises the benchmark for compliance with industry regulation. Swissport Cargo Brussels is among the first handling agents worldwide and the first Swissport Cargo station to successfully complete the new certification process.

The pharmaceutical logistics market is the most regulated and fragile cargo business in the world. As a consequence, the CEIV certification program comprises numerous modules focusing on equipment requirements, storage facilities, pharmaceutical handling procedures and internal pharmaceutical handling know-how. By being compliant with these modules and the strict requirements of IATA’s new industry standard, Swissport Brussels is in a position to meet the high standards set by the pharmaceutical industry and legislators globally.