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International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Earlier in October, Ronald Schaefer, from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) met with Edmonton International Airport (EIA) community members pursuing Center of Excellence of Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification. Ronald reviewed the certification process, including:

  • CEIV Program updates
  • Training
  • Benefits of community approach
  • Challenges / rewards of the certification
  • Certification networking opportunities
  • Project organization, roles, meetings, reports
  • Project timelines and dates

The formal presentation was followed by followed by a question and answer period and stakeholder one on one sessions with IATA.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Ronald SchafferAssistant Director at International Air Transport Association (IATA) recaps CEIV Certification Process at EIA

As part of the EIA’s contribution to the CEIV pharma program, EIA will be opening a “Fresh Cargo Centre” cooler facility that will be used jointly by CEIV certified cargo carriers. With 5000 sq. ft. of refrigerated warehouse space and direct airside access, the facility will be Ideally suited for the handling of perishable cargo such as pharma, meat, fruit and produce.

Four of EIA’s partner companies are already pursuing CEIV Pharma certification; Swissport, Flying Fresh Air Freight, Braden Bury Expediting (BBE) and Canadian North. Each of the companies sees their own benefits from participating in the community certification.

“Swissport is proud to be participating in the CEIV certification process for YEG. This designation will allow Swissport to better serve the needs of the Edmonton market, customers,  and our partners at EIA. With growing concern globally for supply chain protocols with respect to pharma and perishable cargo, it is important to attain the benchmark for certification and ensure shipments are handled safely”.

“We are excited to see EIA become the first airport community in Canada, who will be pharma certified. IATA standards are well known in the industry and across the globe. It is important to be a part of the first airport community to become a hub for pharmaceuticals because this will have long-term benefits economic benefits for the community and for the region we serve.”

“CEIV is the leading global accreditation for handling and shipping, time and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. BBE's investment in obtaining this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the highest standard of handling for our partners lifesaving shipments.”

“We were wanting to ensure the quality and integrity of our pharmaceutical shipments were being maintained during the entire transport process. As we work with a number of different partners at EIA, the community approach to certification presented an ideal opportunity to work together and coordinate efforts to meet our mandate. Additionally, translating the CEIV Pharma principals into the handling for all of our perishable shipments will enhance the service commitment to our clients.”

Now that the certification program is officially started, EIA and IATA will work with community members to resolve any issues on the road to certification. The four phases are Preparation, Assessment, Validation and additional training. It is expected that successful partner organizations should receive their official validations mid to late 2019, with recertification every 3 years.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

EIA Community members beginning the start of IATA CEIV Pharma Certification. Left to right - Alex Lowe, EIA Manager, Cargo Business Development, Roy Klopstra, Ramp Manager Swissport, Teresa Gibson, Passenger Service Manager SwissportChristina Forth, VP Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba, FFAF CargoRonald Schafer Assistant Director at IATATrevor Caswell, EIA Account Manager, Cargo Demand & Resource Sector and Cory Martin, GM Swissport Edmonton


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