Article by Air Cargo News

Pharma.Aero has added Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and Alha Group as members of the pharma supply chain association.

Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero, said: “In the past year we have expanded our global network, created awareness and facilitated the collaboration within the industry.

“The open internal dialogue, underlined by our pharma shipper members, allows us to further improve the handling of pharmaceutical shipments.”

Ian Kwok, assistant general manager, aviation logistics, HKIA, said: “Being an IATA Center of Excellence for Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) partner airport and part of Pharma.Aero are key milestones in collaborating with industrial partners sharing our experience and building pharma corridors connecting to the fellow Pharma.Aero members”

Fedor Novikov, global director of ABC, said: “AirBridgeCargo has been consistently developing its Pharma ABC product, understanding the value and importance of healthcare and life-science products’ transportation.”

ABC became last year the first carrier in Russia to be awarded CEIV Pharma certification, passing the audit process “within the shortest period of four months”.

Added Novikov: “IATA CEIV nowadays is the ‘entrance ticket’ for the pharma cargo community and we are honoured to be included in Pharma.Aero platform. This narrow-focused initiative will navigate our efforts in pharma sector, giving access to cutting edge technologies, latest innovations, supply chain expertise and peer review.

“We hope that Pharma.Aero membership will enable us to develop pharma services in the interests of our customers and give a boost to our cargo volume in this sector.”

Nicola Caristo, audit & compliance manager, pharma manager, at Alha Group said: “Pharma.Aero is a powerful tool for the whole air cargo industry by creating a unique environment where CEIV certified companies, shippers and airport authorities share excellence, set the new standards and analyze data.”

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