Edmonton to pursue IATA CEIV Pharma certification

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Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) will be the first airport community in Canada to pursue IATA CEIV Pharma certification.

The International Air Transport Association Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (IATA CEIV Pharma) certification provides consistent standards for shipping pharmaceuticals using airfreight by working alongside industry stakeholders and regulators to harmonise the supply chain, and establish a common baseline from existing standards and regulations to safeguard product integrity while addressing air cargo’s needs.

The airport says achieving certification will ensure the highest global standard for transporting pharmaceutical products by air and is a vital step in building cargo connectivity from the Edmonton Metro Region to the rest of the world by providing shippers with the confidence that EIA can handle pharmaceutical products safely.

EIA president and chief executive officer, Tom Ruth says: “With the emerging pharma and bio-pharma development and clustering we continue to see in our region, EIA and our key air cargo stakeholders are looking to continuously improve the quality of how pharma cargo is handled, while connecting our airport to the global pharmaceutical network.”

IATA senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, Nick Careen says: “IATA congratulates Edmonton International Airport on its important decision to pursue CEIV Pharma certification, and to be the first airport community in Canada to do so!

“Pharmaceutical products not only enhance lives but can actually save them, so it is critical that all participants in the cold chain adhere to these global industry standards to ensure recognised pharma handling at every step of the process.”