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AFKLMP Awarded IATA’s CEIV Pharma Certification

[ February 15, 2016   //   ]

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) became the first major airline group to be awarded the IATA CEIV Pharma certificate for its hub operations in at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, as well as for Air France and KLM airline processes.  The award was issued on February 11.

“Pharma is a top priority for our airline group,” remarked Bram Gräber, AFKLMP executive vice president. “In an increasingly demanding environment for – time and temperature sensitive – shipments, this certification reconfirms our commitment to offering the highest possible quality standards in support of our customers’ business activities.”

AFKLMP opted to meet the standards of the IATA CEIV Pharma program as it provides an excellent translation of industry regulations into air transport practice. With this certification, the Air France KLM Group sets a recognized industry standard for pharmaceutical logistics by air.

“The IATA CEIV Pharma program surpasses the Good Distribution Practice guidelines by adding explicit air transport requirements, aiming for high-end transportation in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry,” said Renate de Walle, product market group director for Pharmaceutical Logistics at AFKLMP.

Transporting and handling pharmaceuticals presents both challenges and opportunities for stakeholders in the logistics industry. Recognizing this, IATA has created CEIV Pharma, to help airlines, handlers and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations, and make airfreight the modal choice for the transportation of pharmaceutical products.

“After successfully undergoing a rigorous assessment against national and international standards, we are delighted to recognize Air France Cargo and its CDG station as well as KLM Cargo and its AMS station as CEIV Pharma Certified,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Head of Cargo. “AFKL is the first airline group to complete this process at two different hubs at the same time. From its state-of-the-art facilities, excellent quality management system, well-trained workforce, and certifications, AFKL has certainly raised the bar high for the rest to follow. We congratulate them on this achievement.”

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