Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) has gained the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification.
The carrier is the first in Asia Pacific to attain the certificate and SIA Cargo president, Chin Yau Seng says: “We are acutely aware of the important role that these shipments play in serving the broader community, and hope that this certification will give our ultimate customers additional assurance and comfort that these shipments, which are often life-saving, are in good hands.”
Last year, six air cargo operators at Singapore Changi Airport became the first airport community in the Asia region to undertake CEIV Pharma.
In December, IATA’s senior manager for special cargo, Andrea Gruber said 43 companies are now certified at CEIV, 82 are in the process of attaining CEIV and around 99 are in discussion to gain the certficate.
SIA Cargo and Changi are also members of Pharma.aero, an independent association focusing on growing and improving air pharma standards and developing pharma business. It was started by Brussels Airport and Miami International Airport in May 2016.