From left Sandra Leiva Business Process Competency Center and Quality Colombia Vicky Quintana air freight head Colombia and Spanishspeaking South America Jorge Mendez air freight product development and Catalina Mendoza air freight import specialist with their Bogota Colombia IATA CEIV certificate

From left: Sandra Leiva, Business Process Competency Center and Quality Colombia; Vicky Quintana, air freight head, Colombia and Spanish-speaking South America; Jorge Mendez, air freight product development; and Catalina Mendoza, air freight import specialist with their Bogota, Colombia IATA CEIV certificate.

DHL Global Forwarding reinforces leadership role

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, is set to certify seven US stations of 11 across the Americas, according to the CEIV Pharma Standard of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

In the Americas, DHL received certification starting with Bogota, Colombia, and globally it will certify the remaining stations by the end of second quarter 2017. The CEIV Pharma Certification of the aviation industry’s umbrella association attests the highest service and quality standards for life sciences and healthcare customers through uniform processes and a compliant network.

“Through the IATA CEIV certification, DHL is setting itself apart by meeting the highest global third-party air freight regulatory standards,” said David Goldberg, US chief executive officer for DHL Global Forwarding. “Through a targeted approach, we have selected stations in some of our key US hubs to undergo the rigorous audit certification process in order to further solidify our leadership position in these markets.”

DHL started to certify its global stations according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard in third quarter 2016. By the end of second quarter 2017, these stations will have received this certification:

•Atlanta GA

•Chicago IL

•Cincinnati OH

•Los Angeles CA

•Miami FL

•Philadelphia PA

•San Juan, Puerto Rico

After independent audits by third parties and training courses for employees on site, the DHL Air Thermonet stations will receive the quality label. Thereby DHL Global Forwarding enhances transportation and storage quality levels of pharmaceutical goods, and the DHL Air Thermonet station exceeds usual quality standards. Due to its cloud-based IT platform LifeTrack, DHL offers more transparency in comparison to conventional offers in temperature-controlled transportation.

At each location, the umbrella association IATA examines the station’s correspondence to the Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), the GDP (Good Distribution Practices) guidelines of the European Union, the Annex 5 of the World Health Organization and the United States Pharmacopeia Standards.

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