Checklist for time & temperature sensitive healthcare shipments will be mandatory
Effective 1 July 2013, the Acceptance Checklist Requirements for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Shipments will become mandatory for the transportation of healthcare cargo shipments.
To assist shippers, agents and airlines to prepare shipments for air carriage, the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB) has developed a basic “IATA Acceptance Check List for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Shipments”(pdf)
The purpose of the IATA Standard Acceptance Check List is to inform airlines and ground handling agents of the minimum checks that must be performed when temperature sensitive healthcare shipments are presented to ensure that the requirements have been met. Discrepancies should follow the appropriate internal escalation procedure.
The check requirements listed on the IATA Standard Acceptance Checklist can be integrated into an existing airline and ground handling agent’s checklist, if these are not already included. In the case there is no checklist for temperature sensitive healthcare shipments available, then the IATA acceptance checklist for time and temperature sensitive healthcare shipments can be used as a basis to establish one.
The decision to implement the new checklist resulted from a collective recommendation supported by the Time and Temperature Task Force and Working Group members, and was endorsed by the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board.
The requirements will be included in the 13th edition of the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR). A six month transitional period, ending 31 December 2013, will be established to allow the industry to implement, execute and comply with the requirements.
Standard “Time and Temperature Sensitive” label
The mandatory use of the Time and Temperature Sensitive label came into force on 1 July 2012. It’s a shipment label, specific to the healthcare industry that must be affixed to shipments booked as time and temperature sensitive cargo.
Using the Time and Temperature Sensitive label requirements in conjunction with a Standard Acceptance Checklist for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Shipments will ensure consistency and full completion of the process.
Working towards international standards
IATA’s aim is to ensure the integrity of the time and temperature sensitive healthcare shipments and that the air cargo supply chain is prepared to handle the demands of these healthcare shipments. To achieve this, IATA has followed a supply chain approach and has listened to the healthcare industry requiring a standalone healthcare regulation.
IATA has developed the first edition of the “Temperature Control Regulations” (TCR), which is based on the requirements of the current IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR), an industry recognized standard for the efficient and adequate shipping of time and temperature sensitive products. The TCR replicates the chapter dealing with the packaging, labelling, handling of pharmaceutical products and the chapter on healthcare logistics (PCR Chapter 17) and will be made available at the same time as the PCR.