May 08, 2020: Kuehne + Nagel and IATA announced first-in-the- industry IATA CEIV re-certification of the entire KN PharmaChain GxP Compliant Air Logistics network, currently including 94 locations and covering all continents.

Development of IATA CEIV Pharma is a response to the demands of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and sets the standard for pharmaceutical shipments via airfreight. In 2017, Kuehne + Nagel was the first to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its entire KN PharmaChain Air network.

A thorough review conducted by IATA CEIV Pharma auditors has proved once again that corporately developed quality standards, operational processes, and training programmes fully comply with IATA requirements, thus confirming the highest quality, the safety of the award-winning KN PharmaChain product. A unique web-based risk assessment tool is used to complete a risk assessment at a lane level, which allows for agile and reliable risk mitigation.

Transparency and control of documentation are achieved via a validated document management system (DMS) that manages all standard operating procedures (SOPs) and working instructions. During the transportation process, KN PharmaChain customers can additionally benefit from real-time monitoring and visibility through the use of active transmitting sensors and proactive intervention via the dedicated 24/7/365 Pharma CareTeam. At each stage of the shipment, Kuehne + Nagel’s highly trained pharma experts ensure quality, end-to-end visibility, and regulatory compliance.

Reinier Danckaarts, global head of air logistics product development commented, "We are proud to be the one and only logistics service provider that has received CEIV Pharma re-certification for the entire pharma network. Achieving this milestone proves the highest standards we have set with our KN PharmaChain service offering, which translates into superior quality and compliance of our customers’ pharmaceuticals and medical equipment shipments. Together with IATA and our supply chain partners, we will keep driving this standard to ensure service excellence and first-in-class performance of our transportation service."

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