Edmonton to be first Canadian airport to pursue IATA CEIV Pharma

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has set its sights on becoming Canada’s first International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEIV Pharma logistics hub.

The gateway said it will works towards achieving CEIV Pharma with the goal of being the first airport community in Canada to gain the certification.

EIA said achieving this certification will ensure the airport community meets the highest global standard for transporting pharmaceutical products by air.

It is also a vital step in building the cargo connectivity of the Edmonton Metro Region to the rest of the world by providing the shippers with the confidence that the airport community can be a leader in handling and transporting temperature-sensitive products.

EIA president and chief executive officer, Tom Ruth said: “Edmonton International Airport is excited to begin the CEIV Pharma Certification with IATA and our partners in air and ground freight.

“With the emerging pharma and bio-pharma development and clustering we continue to see in our region, EIA and our key air cargo stakeholders are looking to continuously improve the quality of how pharma cargo is handled, while connecting our airport to the global pharmaceutical network.”

IATA’s senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security, Nick Careen said: “IATA congratulates Edmonton International Airport on its important decision to pursue CEIV Pharma certification, and to be the first airport community in Canada to do so.

“Pharmaceutical products not only enhance lives but can actually save them, so it is critical that all participants in the cold chain adhere to these global industry standards to ensure recognized pharma handling at every step of the process.”