EuroAirport is to implement the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification programme.
The Swiss gateway will work to achieve it in co-operation with other stakeholders of the airfreight industry operating at the gateway. This certification it says will help reinforce EuroAirport’s position as one of the major airports handling pharmaceutical shipments in Europe.
EuroAirport will be one of the first airport authorities to be certified, following the likes of Brussels Airport. Swissport, Fiege, Swiss WorldCargo, Worldwide Flight Services and Fischer Road Cargo will participate in the programme.
IATA’s head of cargo, Glyn Hughes says: “Since Basel has the world’s highest density of successful life science companies, IATA welcomes the decision of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse Freiburg to adopt IATA’s global certification program CEIV Pharma as the main standard for transporting pharmaceuticals.
“IATA has created CEIV Pharma to help airlines, handlers and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and to create one global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals.”
EuroAirport’s head of cargo, Carlo Alessi explains: “Our decision shows our long-term commitment to the Life Science industry. Thanks to our new 21,000 square metre state-of-the-art Cargo Terminal which is completely temperature controlled and other advantages like the possibility of real-time temperature monitoring and fast and efficient processes, we are able to answer the requirements of the Life Science Industry.”
The certification process will start in June 2016 with most of the participating companies acquiring individual certification by the end of the year. Based on a community approach, the program participants will work closely together to fine tune and align stakeholder interfaces with the joint objective of ensuring the delivery of high quality standards and services at EuroAirport, located near Basel.