Qatar Airways Cargo has been awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification in pharmaceutical logistics.

This achievement certifies the airline’s expertise and efficient handling of pharmaceuticals and life science products. The certification covers Qatar Airways Cargo’s operations, its robust quality management system and supplier management processes in Doha.

Qatar Aviation Services Cargo, the airline’s ground handling partner also received the IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its pharma handling standards within industry compliant warehouses at Hamad International Airport in the State of Qatar.

Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways said, “We are glad to be awarded IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification for our capability in handling pharmaceutical and life science shipments with reliability and efficiency, compliant with international standards. Since we launched the product in 2014, significant investment and enhancements have been made to the QR Pharma product and our world-class hub, which ultimately benefits our customers. The validation by IATA is a milestone achievement and an award for all the hard work done over the past years since the QR Pharma product launch.”

CEIV Pharma is an industry-wide standard, addressing the industry’s need for more safety, security, compliance and efficiency, by the creation of a globally consistent and recognised pharmaceutical product handling certification.

Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security stated, “The pharmaceutical industry relies heavily on air cargo for its speed and efficiency. As an industry, we have a duty to ensure that global standards and best practices are in place so that life science and pharmaceutical products are handled and transported accordingly and in cooperation between business partners to provide the high-quality services that customers demand, to ultimately safeguard patient safety. We are delighted to recognise Qatar Airways Cargo and Qatar Aviation Services as CEIV Pharma certified in Doha, raising the bar in the industry with a commitment to quality and continuous improvements. I congratulate both on this achievement.”

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