IATA’s manager of cargo standards, Andrea Gruber, comments on its CEIV Pharma certification programme, an initiative aiming to harmonise GDP compliance and standardise audit formats by introducing a globally recognised pharma logistics and handling certification standard. The programme has now been successfully piloted, and is rapidly gaining acceptance as a universal, independent and comprehensive compliance and training scheme.
“The global nature of the pharma industry and its markets means that there needs to be a harmonised approach to distribution practices if costs and timescales are to be kept to a minimum, and the ultimate goal of greater patient safety achieved,” says Gruber. “The goal is to build a network of IATA- certified trade lanes that have been independently assessed to a consistent and legally-compliant standard by qualified staff.”
The CEIV Pharma programme is based around IATA’s existing CEIV (Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators), a network of independent, IATA-certified, auditors, and aims to provide a universally accepted auditing framework to ensure consistency of compliance. IATA will manage a database of validated locations and operators, as well as the necessary audit schedules and records.