Budapest Airport introduces CEIV pharma logistics standard


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Budapest Airport is introducing a quality assurance system encompassing all phases of pharmaceutical transportation in Hungary, with the management of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), according to

The aim of the project, launched together with freight forwarder, transporter and ground handling companies, is to ensure that medical supplies should reach their targets under strictly controlled circumstances, quickly and safely, assuring quality during the entire transportation process.

The airport argues that the past year has highlighted more than ever before that the pharmaceutical and medical sector relies greatly on the air freight industry. Budapest Airport has therefore decided to introduce the CEIV Pharma pharmaceutical logistics standard in Hungary, with the professional guidance of IATA. The quality assurance process will be introduced based on IATA’s developments and the GDP system used by the European Union and the WHO, in such a way that it should also comply fully with Hungarian regulations.

Budapest Airport’s partners, forwarders Agility, Airmax Cargo and cargo-partner, road transporter Prevost and ground handling companies Celebi and Menzies have also joined the CEIV Pharma quality assurance system in Hungary. As part of this, regulations include developing these companies’ facilities, assets and processes, as well as the further training of employees.

"Medical supplies – medical equipment and pharmaceutical products – have come into the focus of attention all over the world during the past year. However, pharmaceutical logistics is of key importance not only during a global pandemic; that is why we decided to safeguard it in the framework of a new quality assurance system that pharmaceuticals should get to where they are needed even faster and under stricter safe conditions," said Rolf Schnitzler, CEO of Budapest Airport. "Such a large project can only be implemented in cooperation with all those involved in the supply chain; on behalf of Budapest Airport, I would therefore like to thank IATA and our partners from the cargo community for the support."

"We are delighted to welcome Budapest Airport and select air cargo stakeholders from the local community to the CEIV Pharma program," commented Rafael Schvartzman, regional vice president Europe for IATA. "Under the current pandemic circumstances, partnerships such as this reinforce the air cargo industry’s resilience and competitiveness. As we embark on what is deemed to be the single most important logistics challenge in aviation's history – the transportation of billions of vaccine doses around the world - this initiative sends a positive signal that air cargo is mobilizing to support the sector, by adapting to the pressing need for standardization and digitization."

Mária Kellner, head of the pharmaceutical division of the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management, emphasized, "On behalf of the companies who make up the Pharmaceutical Division of the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management, we believe the introduction of the CEIV Pharma quality assurance system under the professional guidance of IATA fully ensures that the storage of pharmaceutical products during aerial transportation should comply with the requirements of the GDP throughout the entire process, as all participants receive training, while processes and documentation management are audited."

 "We would be happy to see as many companies involved in air freight as possible joining this system, as this certification provides greater assurance for us, customers ordering pharmaceutical products, that applicable regulations are always complied with during aerial transportation," she added.

CEIV Pharma is one of the most widely used systems; nearly 300 large companies, airlines and airports all over the world have chosen to utilize this certification scheme.

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