Brussels Airport and Mumbai International Airport partner in Pharma.Aero initiative

Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brussels Airport (BRU) and Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) recently announce their partnership in the recently launched Pharma.Aero initiative focused on improving pharma handling and quality in the air cargo industry.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was formally inked during the first edition of Pharma Logistics Summit, organised by Indian Transport & Logistics News (ITLN) held in Mumbai on Thursday.

With the signing of this deal, MIAL is the first airport in India to embark on a community approach for the IATA CEIV (Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators) Pharma certification, thereby raising the local community’s handling standards and capability for temperature-sensitive pharma cargo.

Pharma Aero, the new umbrella organisation initiated by Brussels Airport and Miami International Airport, was officially kicked off at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum in Paris. One of the prerequisites for Pharma.Aero membership is a certification and full endorsement of the standards set out in the IATA Pharma CEIV scheme.

PHARMA.AERO is a collaboration of pharmaceutical shippers and airport community stakeholders that embrace the IATA CEIV Pharma program and that are focused on further building on the expertise gained in the program. Members of this organization will share a common goal of strengthening pharma certified trade lanes and extending pharma cold supply chains to reach new international markets.

While Brussels Airport and Miami International Airport led the foundation of Pharma.Aero,other stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain soon joined the initiative to give it globalidentity. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) is the first airport in Asia to join Pharma.Aero as a strategic member. Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) became the first airport in the Middle East to join the initiative. Other members include Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Brinks Life Sciences and Johnson & Johnson.