Uni­for­mity is essen­tial for growth

The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal lo­gis­tics in­dus­try has re­lied heav­ily on air trans­port due to its speed and ef­fi­ciency, but it has been de­clin­ing over the past decade due to lack of com­pli­ance, stan­dard­i­s­a­tion, ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency. IATA CEIV Pharma cer­tifi

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Trans­port­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals from one point to an­other is equiv­a­lent to han­dling pre­cious lives. Hence, it is cru­cial to as­sure the prod­uct’s in­tegrity. Adding to the com­plex­i­ties of the prod­uct; lo­gis­ti­cal or­deal such as tem­per­a­ture ex­cur­sions, cus­toms de­lays, pack­ag­ing break­downs, in­cor­rect ship­ping, and pack­ing choice are all risks al­lied to pharma ship­ments.

Trans­port­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals by air is even com­plex, de­mand­ing and of­ten chal­leng­ing, as tem­per­a­ture shall be main­tained con­stant. At ev­ery step of the sup­ply chain, stake­hold­ers are re­spon­si­ble to en­sure com­pli­ance with reg­u­la­tions that the prod­uct reaches their des­ti­na­tions with­out any com­pro­mise.

Trans­parency and co­op­er­a­tion is essen­tial to safe­guard pa­tient safety. And, here lies the need of global stan­dard­i­s­a­tion for air trans­porta­tion of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. To over­come such in­ter­na­tional fail­ures and to help or­gan­i­sa­tion and the en­tire air cargo sup­ply chain gets on the right track to achieve phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal han­dling ex­cel­lence, In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) launched the Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence for In­de­pen­dent Val­ida­tors (CEIV) Pharma Lo­gis­tics pro­gramme in 2014. The goal is to up­lift in­dus­try know how and bring trans­parency en route.

Ex­plain­ing what CEIV Pharma is and why it is re­quired, Vi­pan Jain, Chair­man, BAR (I) Cargo Com­mit­tee – N.R, says, “A con­cen­trated ef­fort to im­prove the level of com­pe­tency as well as op­er­a­tional and tech­ni­cal pre­pared­ness is ur­gently re­quired to main­tain cer­tain stan­dards in air cargo’s mar­ket for global phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­uct trans­port. The in­dus­try iden­ti­fied a need to build a net­work of cer­ti­fied phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal trade lanes that meet con­sis­tent stan­dards and as­sure prod­uct in­tegrity. As a re­sult, IATA has taken a lead­ing role in sup­port­ing the air trans­port in­dus­try to com­ply with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers’ re­quire­ments.” “The busi­ness re­lies on air trans­port for its speed, consistency and ef­fi­ciency in de­liv­er­ing high­value, time-sen­si­tive, tem­per­a­ture­con­trolled prod­ucts. CEIV Pharma en­sures that fa­cil­i­ties, equip­ment, op­er­a­tions and staff com­ply with all ap­pli­ca­ble stan­dards, reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines ex­pected from phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers. The over­all goal is to el­e­vate the in­dus­try know-how and achieve global stan­dard­i­s­a­tion,” he added.

IATA has taken a lead­ing role in sup­port­ing the air trans­port in­dus­try for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers

Talk­ing about the is­sues that have got solved with this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, Jain said, “Air cargo’s share of the global pharma prod­uct trans­port has de­clined from 17 per cent in 2000 to 11 per cent

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