Lufthansa Cargo awarded CEIV certification for pharmaceuticals transport

IATA honours the cargo airline – pharmaceutical sector to be further developed Lufthansa Cargo has been awarded the CEIV seal by airline association IATA. Over recent months, as part of a complex procedure, independent specialists have reviewed the airline’s processes when transporting pharmaceuticals using the Cool/td Active and Cool/td Passive products and have assessed Lufthansa Cargo as exhibiting superior reliability and expertise.

 

 

 

As such, Lufthansa Cargo is now one of only six airlines worldwide to have received this certification for processes throughout the global route network. The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center in Frankfurt was also successfully certified. With the 4500 sq. metre-building, Lufthansa Cargo ensures that pharmaceutical shipments are handled reliably and quickly at its home airport.

“Pharmaceutical shipments are extremely challenging and demand maximum reliability from
airlines. Adhering to the required temperature is crucial to ensure medication can be used as
planned following shipping”, comments Alexis von Hoensbroech, Board Member Product and
Sales at Lufthansa Cargo. “Being one of the first airlines worldwide to receive IATA’s new
international certificate is the fruit of the work we have done on our Cool/td product over the last
few years”.

With CEIV Pharma (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics),
the IATA airline association has developed a global standard for pharmaceuticals transport for
the very first time. “In achieving IATA CEIV Pharma certification across its global network,
Lufthansa Cargo joins an elite group of six airlines whose customers can have even more
confidence that their pharmaceuticals will be delivered in impeccable condition”, said Glyn
Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo. “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.”

Temperature-controlled shipments are becoming an ever more important segment of the air
cargo market for special products. But the demands placed on airlines are high. The
temperatures required must be adhered to and documented throughout the entire transport
chain. Because of this, Lufthansa Cargo has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and
processes over the last few years. Together with Dokasch, the company even developed the
Opticooler – a refrigerated container, which functions exceptionally reliably due to compressor
technology (with no need for dry ice). The Lufthansa Cargo Cool Center, which opened in 2011
offering direct access onto the apron, is one of the most innovative hubs for handling
temperature-sensitive cargo across the world. Four cold-storage rooms kept at different
temperatures as well as a deep-freeze room ensure that the required temperature is guaranteed
for each and every piece of cargo.

“We continue to see good growth opportunities in pharmaceutical shipping”, Alexis von
Hoensbroech clarifies. “CEIV certification by IATA – combined with further innovations and
product improvements – will help make us an even more attractive proposition to our customers
from the pharmaceutical industry. That’s why we will continue to invest in our infrastructure and
processes.”

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