Changi airport launches CEIV pharma community for air cargo firms

Changi Airport Group (CAG) has revealed plans to launch an IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Pharmaceutical Handling (CEIV Pharma) community that will work together to achieve the certification.
Under the community programme, companies will have to undergo training, as well as an assessment of their facilities and processes by independent, IATA-certified auditors to satisfy the strict requirements on pharmaceutical handling before receiving the certification.
The airport claims to be the first airport in Asia to launch a community of this ilk.
CAG will support six companies from different parts of the air cargo supply chain to undergo this certification programme, through cost support measures and the coordination of training sessions.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency will also co-fund the costs for these companies through the provision of assistance grants.
The group of companies in the Changi CEIV Community consists of: SIA Cargo, dnata Singapore, Global Airfreight International, Expeditors Singapore, CEVA Logistics Singapore, and Schenker Singapore.
Yam Kum Weng, executive vice president, air hub & development, Changi Airport Group, said: “Pharmaceutical cargo is one of the fastest growing cargo segments in Changi Airport, and one that CAG is actively promoting.
“Through the IATA CEIV Pharma certification programme, CAG and our partners go one step further by taking a proactive approach in enhancing our cold chain handling capabilities to better serve the pharmaceuticals industry, further strengthening Changi’s position as a major cargo hub in the world.”
The airport has been doing its utmost to support its air cargo community of late. Last month, it offered a S$14m support package for cargo partners.

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