SAS Cargo set for CEIV Pharma at three hubs

Scandinavian carrier SAS Cargo has commenced the CEIV Pharma certification process of its cool chain and expects the first hub – Oslo – to be certified this summer, with the Copenhagen and Stockholm facilities to follow soon after.
SAS Cargo, with its head office near Medicon Valley, one of Europe’s strongest life science clusters, is also set to launch a pharma air cargo product.
In all three major Scandinavia hubs, SAS Cargo is investing in cooling and controlled room temperature facilities to meet the IATA standards for becoming fully CEIV certified and in meeting the highest standards demanded by the pharma industry.
Erling Kirkeby, head of handling & quality management at SAS Cargo, said: “The IATA CEIV certification includes procedure training of staff at all stations, an upgrade of all facilities as well as quality management.
“In addition to making sure our services meet global regulations, we are launching a new pharma product which is developed to offer our customers the ideal environment for handling temperature-sensitive cargo across the entire supply chain in a safe and secure manner.”
SAS said that its new product for the life sciences sector – SAS Pharma Cargo – offers an additional feature to the pharma shipment, “allowing the customer full transparency through the SAS Cargo active GPS monitors”.
This active tracking device enables SAS Cargo to monitor the shipment, assuring accurate temperature is kept in order to safeguard correct handling. Alarms will be triggered in case of any temperature deviations.
Leif Rasmussen, president and chief executive of SAS Cargo, said: “The pharmaceutical industry rightly expects high standards and performance when transporting their temperature sensitive goods.
“We intend to add real value to the needs of the industry. The CEIV certification confirms SAS Cargo’s commitment to continue to develop and offer the highest possible standards to our customers.”
Rasmussen continued: “With up to 1,100 daily flights, of which 30 are intercontinental, fully CEIV certified hubs in Scandinavia, a dedicated pharma service and a 24/7 available advanced on-line booking system, SAS Cargo offers full transparency and handling excellence.”

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