Kenya Airways Cargo has been awarded the Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification by IATA for the KQ Pharma Facility. This positive accreditation formally endorses the airline’s sustained ability to safely handle high-value, time-sensitive, and temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceuticals, with the speed and consistency expected by shipper requirements.
The KQ pharma facility is a leader in safe handling of temperature control requirements of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products. CEIV Pharma certification addresses the industry’s need for more safety, security, compliance, and efficiency by creating a globally consistent and recognized pharmaceutical product handling certification.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Roads and Transport said, “It is evident that the CIEV certification for Kenya Airways Cargo will unlock huge potential in the market and provide a mechanism for tapping into this potential. It is our belief that with the right support, these exports will drive the growth of Kenya’s pharmaceutical industry and place the country at the apex of pharmaceutical export.”
“This certification demonstrates the strength of our customized solutions and services, giving our customers, freight forwarders, and supply chain partners greater confidence in our Pharma capability. We will continue to improve our premium product verticals, offering long-standing standards of temperature-controlled and time-sensitive cargo transport. With this certification, we join a select group of international operators in reaffirming our diligence in transporting temperature-controlled and time-sensitive products via our pharma network,” stated Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways Group Chief Executive Officer.
The positive certification indicates that Kenya Airways’ pharmaceutical product shipment complies with IATA Temperature Control Regulations and continues to adhere to international standards and best practices in cold chain and pharmaceutical movements.
“Pharmaceutical shipments are extremely challenging and necessitate maximum dependability from airlines. It is critical to maintain the required temperature so that medication can be used as planned after shipping. Being one of the first African airlines to receive IATA’s international certificate is the result of the work we’ve done over the last few years to strengthen our product,” said Dick Murianki, Kenya Airways’ Director of Cargo.
The CEIV Pharma program was created by IATA to help the global air freight supply chain by providing universal criteria based on current regulations and standards.