Kenya Airways Cargo has achieved the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for its KQ Pharma Facility. This certification recognizes Kenya Airways’ consistent ability to safely transport high-value, temperature-controlled, and time-sensitive pharmaceuticals in line with the requirements of shippers.
The KQ Pharma Facility is known for its safe handling of temperature control requirements for pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products. The CEIV Pharma certification is a globally recognized certification for pharmaceutical product handling that addresses the industry’s need for safety, security, compliance, and efficiency.
Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Roads and Transport, said, “It is evident that the CEIV 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.”
Kenya Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka, expressed his confidence in the airline’s capability to offer customized solutions and services, which will provide customers, freight forwarders, and supply chain partners with greater confidence in Kenya Airways’ Pharma capability. Kilavuka stated that the airline would continue to enhance its premium product verticals, offering long-standing standards of temperature-controlled and time-sensitive cargo transport.
The CEIV Pharma certification confirms that Kenya Airways’ pharmaceutical product shipments adhere to international standards and best practices in cold chain and pharmaceutical movements, in line with IATA Temperature Control Regulations.
According to Dick Murianki, Kenya Airways’ Director of Cargo, pharmaceutical shipments are challenging and require maximum dependability from airlines. The certification is the result of the airline’s efforts to strengthen its product over the last few years.
The CEIV Pharma program was established by IATA to improve the global air freight supply chain by providing universal criteria based on current regulations and standards. Kenya Airways is one of the first African airlines to achieve the certification, reaffirming its commitment to transporting temperature-controlled and time-sensitive products via its pharma network