Rhenus successfully obtained the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its Istanbul Airport branch, becoming a leading logistics service provider in the Turkish market for Life Sciences & Healthcare.
The CEIV certification ensures that Rhenus meets the compliance requirements for the handling of pharmaceutical products, such as Good Distribution Practices (GDP) by the European Union, World Health Organization Pharmacopeia standards and IATA temperature control regulations. Rhenus also benchmarks the activities in Turkey towards domestic, international and IATA conditions while mitigating the impact and the risks, with technological improvements such as customised IoT solutions, real-time tracking and monitoring.
“The IATA CEIV certification is a big milestone in serving the Turkish Life Sciences & Healthcare community and also acting as a regional hub with comprehensive industry solutions,” says Stephan Dülk, Global Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare at Rhenus Air & Ocean.
“At Rhenus, we are building a global Life Sciences & Healthcare network that fully meets the regulatory requirements of the pharmaceutical Industry, setting highest standards in terms of service, quality, product integrity and patient safety.”
Rhenus obtained the certification in only 16 months, with rigorous preparations across pharmaceutical product handling and transportation, staff competency, procedures, risk assessment and infrastructure, directly involving a team of experts among the Air Freight and Road Freight, Sales, Quality, HR and IT Departments.
“Our goal is to ensure service excellence for pharmaceuticals,” says Mert Gedikçi, Director of Rhenus Turkey. “This is also a source of motivation for us, because we fulfill our human responsibility towards society.”
Thanks to this achievement and its global presence, Rhenus expects to increase its shipping volumes in Turkey by 25 percent, with a 24/7 service offered at Istanbul Airport and a strategical position that connects the Far East and Europe.