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Turkish Cargo Has Been Awarded With The IATA CEIV Pharma Certificate

18/08/2016

Titled as the airline flying to the highest number of destinations in the world, Turkish Airlines' success in all processes of the air transportation of healthcare products during the cargo operations it carries out under Turkish Cargo brand has been crowned by IATA with the IATA CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) Pharma certificates.

In the pharmaceuticals and similar products market growing year by year, Turkish Cargo does not only try to enlarge its market share but also acts as aware of the importance of human health and by considering the producers' concerns, and adopts this approach in all processes of such shipments, which take place within Turkish Airlines. All personnel are made aware of the severity and importance of the problems possible to occur in such transports. In the transportation process of the consignments that are extremely important for health and extremely temperature- and time-critical, such as pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biotechnological products, diagnostic samples, precision healthcare devices, organs, tissues, etc., Turkish Cargo acts extremely cautiously to preserve the integrity of the cold chain and the products, and gives the utmost priority to this issue. Performing its operations as per the IATA CEIV Pharma certificate that covers the requirements of the international GDP guides (EU and WHO), IATA PCR (Perishable Cargo Regulations) Section 17 and TCR (Temperature Control Regulations), and targeting excellence in air cargo transportation and cargo handling services, Turkish Cargo has been entitled to IATA CEIV Pharma certificates for Istanbul Hub.

Turkish Cargo has totally 3000 m² special storage areas cover four different temperature ranges (from -20 °C to +25 °C) in an indoor area of 43.000 m² on a total area of 71.000 m². The healthcare products are stored in a dedicated area of 1030 m². All storing and handling processes are carried out as specified in the relevant regulations. Temperatures are monitored with the telemetry system, and all cargo movements are tracked with COMIS, Turkish Cargo's IT software in real time. For the special cargo operations, a dedicated team ensures smooth continuation of the process. The temperature- and time-critical consignments are the last cargoes prepared for loading and the first ones loaded into the aircraft in order to minimize their exposure to outer environment. With its thermal blanket and active container services, Turkish Cargo aims to minimize the risk to highly sensitive healthcare products. As an indication of the importance it gives to such consignments, Turkish Cargo is planning to commission the “Thermal Dolly” service and using it for the temperature- and time-critical consignments soon. Giving services up to high-quality standards in terms of the facility, equipment and transportation processes, Turkish Cargo receives services up to high standards thanks to its agreements with its service provider business partners, and takes pride in offering its customers the best service in transportation of healthcare products. It also meets the needs of its business partners, consignors and producers through standard operational procedures (SOP) and special agreements prepared specifically for transportation of the time and temperature sensitive healthcare products.

That the temperature changes pose serious threats to integrity of these sensitive products of the healthcare products market that has a-trillion-dollar annual volume has required to establish more complex but more reliable methods in air transportation. To that end, special equipments, storage facilities, compatible handling procedures, and above all, strong harmonized among all elements of the entire cold chain is very important. From this approach, IATA has developed the IATA CEIV Pharma certificate that meets the sectoral needs with the joint work of the regulators and the co-operators. In this context, Turkish Cargo management seeks for strong and long-lasting co-operations in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare products transportation, and adopting the approach that all elements of the cold chain will win, it gives priority to such transports in all aspects. Turkish Cargo is happy to be an important actor in the healthcare products and airline transportation sectors, and to certify this with the IATA CEIV Pharma certificates.