IATA Time and Temperature Sensitive Label to Become Mandatory 1 July 2012
The air cargo industry relies on the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) as the essential reference guide for all parties involved in the packaging and handling of perishables for air transportation. Chapter 17 “Air Transport Logistics for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Products” in the PCR specifically addresses the temperature control management issues identified by the industry. IATA’s aim is to ensure the integrity of the time and temperature sensitive healthcare cargo shipments and that the air cargo supply chain is prepared to handle the increasing demands for these healthcare shipments.
Standard “Time and Temperature Sensitive” label
Effective July 1st, 2012 the IATA Time and Temperature Sensitive label will become mandatory for the transportation of healthcare cargo shipments. This shipment label, specific to the healthcare industry, must be affixed to shipments booked as time and temperature sensitive cargo and must indicate the external transportation temperature range of the shipment.
The initial booking is the key step to successful cargo transportation and will trigger the specific and/or appropriate handling and operational processes associated to healthcare transport and/or logistics. It is the responsibility of the shipper (or designated shipper’s agent by service agreement) to ensure the label is applied properly for time and temperature sensitive healthcare cargo shipments booked as such. In addition, a 24-hour contact telephone number(s) of a person knowledgeable about the shipment must 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.
Working towards international standards
It is imperative that airlines, ground handling agents, freight forwarders and shippers and other stakeholders in the supply chain – including terminal operators, ULD manufacturers, packaging and tracking and tracing companies – are familiar both with the regulations and the appearance of the label. To achieve this, the provisions of Chapter 17 in the existing Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) will be enhanced in its 12th edition of July 2012 to set mandatory minimum requirements and focus on the end-to-end business processes.
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