Pharma certification for Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines has received IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification. Photo: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines has received IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification as an airline and for ground handling.

The airline said it is the first airline in Africa to receive the CEIV pharma certification. The milestone is anticipated to aid it in providing efficient & effective transportation of pharmaceuticals throughout its global pharma network.

Ethiopian, in recent years, has invested heavily in infrastructure, equipment, people, system and processes to enhance its pharmaceutical core handling capabilities throughout its pharma network.

Cold storage areas in these freight facilities are dedicated to the handling of pharmaceuticals & healthcare products and equipped with dedicated climate control ranging between -30OC to +25OC.

These facilities are monitored through a smart web-based system that allows real-time management of all zones and is capable of triggering SMS, phone call & email actions in case of an emergency.

The strategic and geographical location of the home base airport of Ethiopian Airlines located at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia makes it highly preferable for the transportation of highly temperature-sensitive products with year-round natural temperature stability ranging between +15OC to +25OC, which will play an important role to minimise potential temperature deviation through the value chain.

In addition, Ethiopian has also deployed smart cool dollies to ensure smooth transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products from the warehouse to the aircraft & vice versa with a capability to maintain an internal temperature between -29OC to +27OC.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “We are delighted to receive this important global certification, IATA CEIV Pharma Certificate, which is a strong assurance of one of the highest global standards in the aviation and logistics industries.”

In August, Ethiopian Airlines Group has teamed up with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to launch a B767-300ER freighter conversion line in Ethiopia.


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New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]