Thursday, February 2, 2017

First Freight and Logistics Group Obtains Global IATA Pharma Certification

Ever Increasing Demands on Carriers Prompts New Standards
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Kuehne + Nagel says it has become the first logistics provider to achieve full the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) CEIV in Pharmaceutical Logistics certification to cover its entire global KN PharmaChain air network, which currently includes 86 locations worldwide. As supply chains on land or by sea and air become more regulated it is ever more important for freight carriers to attain the growing list of credentials necessary to compete when major shipments are involved.

IATA introduced the CEIV Pharma Standard in 2015, as a means to improve the level of competency, as well as operational and technical preparedness of all parties in the air logistics industry, in response to increasing regulatory requirements and the demands of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Through training, quality audits and validation, the IATA CEIV Pharma standard is designed to ensure the integrity of every pharmaceutical and healthcare product in the airfreight supply chain, and ultimate certification allows shippers to identify approved providers.

Independent certification of both the current and any future expansion of the KN PharmaChain network under the IATA CEIV Pharma programme is in line with the Kuehne + Nagel strategy of utilising audits by external parties to maintain its own ‘GxP’ standard at the highest levels. Marcel Fujike, Senior Vice President Products & Services Global Air Logistics at Kuehne + Nagel, commented:

“We are delighted being the first logistics provider receiving CEIV Pharma accreditation for our entire network. Achieving this confirms the high standards we set with our KN PharmaChain offer and together with IATA we even strengthened our product further now. We will drive this standard towards our supply chain partners as well for the benefit of our customers.”

CEIV Pharma network certification confirms the quality and risk based credentials of the KN PharmaChain. A web-based risk assessment tool is used to complete a risk assessment at a lane level and all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are managed via a pharma compliant document management system. During the transportation process, KN PharmaChain can additionally provide real-time monitoring and visibility through the use of active transmitting sensors and proactive intervention via the round-the-clock CareTeam. All of this is supported by highly trained personnel and dedicated facilities. Compliance to the required WHO TRS957 standard was validated through rigorous audits at global locations around the entire KN PharmaChain network.

Kuehne + Nagel says the KN PharmaChain service is designed to provide highly reliable and efficient temperature controlled transportation. Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, said:

“Kuehne + Nagel’s strategy to join the CEIV Pharma certification demonstrates the importance of such programme for the air cargo and pharmaceutical industries. Our joint effort to certify the global KN PharmaChain network as well as the integration of the IATA CEIV Pharma Standards, like the CEIV checklist, in Kuehne + Nagel’s quality process is a key step forward to roll out this programme worldwide. We congratulate Kuehne + Nagel for this achievement meeting shippers’ expectations in terms of standardisation and transparency across the supply chain. This will lead to a stronger, more competitive and enhanced air cargo service for this vital sector of the global economy.”