Harmonising distribution practices in the pharma industry

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.

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