Hactl gains CEIV certificate
23 / 02 / 2017
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has become the first handler in the Territory to gain full IATA CEIV Pharma certification. It is the result of an initiative sponsored by the airport authority, in which all relevant industry players undergo validation for the standard.
IATA CEIV Pharma represents a co-ordinated effort to ensure competency, as well as operational and technical readiness, for the storage and transportation of pharmaceuticals by air. It aims to help the industry develop a network of certified pharmaceutical trade lanes that meet consistent cold-chain management standards and assure product integrity.
Hactl’s certification follows an extensive independent assessment and validation, involving detailed inspections, and personal interviews with managers and supervisors at all levels, covering the quality management system and procedures, personnel, training, documentation, infrastructure and equipment, quarantine procedures, sub-contractor management, self-inspection procedures, transportation and operations.
All were found to be fully compliant, with no non-conformances and indeed the validation report praised Hactl’s preparations for the audit process, the helpfulness of its staff and its total cooperation.
IATA’s general manager, Hong Kong and Macau, Yvonne Ho, said: “I congratulate Hactl on being the first to receive CEIV certification in Hong Kong. In doing so, Hactl has achieved an internationally recognized standard for pharmaceutical handling.”
Hactl’s senior manager for quality assurance, Benny Siu added: “We are very pleased with the positive outcome of the IATA CEIV Pharma Validation, and value the cross-departmental team effort that resulted in Hactl becoming the first to obtain this important certification.”
Hactl chief executive, Mark Whitehead, concluded: “We applaud the Airport Authority’s initiative in sponsoring this drive to adopt IATA CEIV Pharma in Hong Kong. It’s an excellent example of what can be achieved through collaboration, and will benefit the entire airport cargo community and its customers.”