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Safety - Regional news 16 January 2019

Etihad Cargo: First carrier in ME to achieve CEIV Pharma

​Etihad Cargo has become the Middle East’s first carrier to be awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceutical Logistics.

The airline is one of 17 carriers worldwide to hold CEIV Pharma certification, a regime which demonstrates an airline's ability to manage high-value, temperature-sensitive shipments for the pharma and life sciences industries.

The certifications cover both the airline operations of Etihad Cargo, as well as cargo handling and warehousing at its hub in Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Successful completion of the certification process allows Etihad to strengthen its promise to exceed the high standards set by the pharmaceutical industry. Etihad has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and processes over the last few years to ensure the safe handling and transportation of high-value and temperature sensitive cargo.  

The Middle East freight market is the fastest growing in the world. Having Etihad Cargo, one of the region’s largest cargo operators, achieve CEIV Pharma certification is a significant boost not only for the airline’s customers but also the region. 

A number of other airlines in the Middle East are currently in the process of CEIV Pharma certification. We look forward to the region’s airlines helping take the industry one step closer to having a global standard for transporting pharmaceuticals in place.

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