The Global Standard for Remaining Fresh in the Air
The Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) manual is the leader in temperature control and cold chain management for goods from the health care and food sectors, including pharmaceutical products and non-hazardous biological materials and includes everything you need to properly prepare, package and handle time and temperature sensitive goods quickly and efficiently.
Optimize your Time and Temperature supply chain management with a important information on the transport of temperature-sensitive healthcare products as well as pharmaceutical product information based on WHO guidelines.
The PCR includes a comprehensive classification of 100's of perishable commodities and the most up to date airline information including specific rules regarding the transport of perishable cargo.
Not only will the PCR provide you with the most current and efficient practices for your perishable cargo operations, it will also includes essential content for the development of the cool-chain logistics you need to better move time- and temperature-sensitive healthcare products. To find out more about IATA’s involvement in the transport of perishable freight please visit our Perishable Cargo by Air page.
What's New in 2012?
The 12th edition of the PCR introduces new mandatory requirements for the transportation logistics of healthcare products such as the mandatory use of the time and temperature sensitive label as of July 1st 2012. The decision to implement this step resulted from a collective recommendation supported by the Time and Temperature Task Force and Working Group members and endorsed by the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board.
The new requirements emphasize on the initial booking that triggers the process and the label is only intended to support the booking. Thus, shipments requiring temperature controlled service and booked as such must be labeled with the Time and Temperature label.
In addition, a 24-hour contact telephone number(s) of a person knowledgeable about the shipment must now be provided at the time of booking and on the Air Waybill as well as in the Service Level Agreement (SLA) or Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), to allow contacting the appropriate person in the event of a significant delay or disruption to the shipment that may impact on the viability of the contents of the shipment.