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Increased Quality Standards for Life Sciences and Healthcare Shipments Continues Through IATA CEIV

The life sciences and healthcare sector faces challenges of increasingly stricter regulations and the need for smart cold chains that can secure product integrity and patients’ safety. IATA's Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) Certification helps organizations and the entire air cargo supply chain get on the right track to acheive pharmaceutical handling excellence through uniform processes and a compliant network. Following independent audits by third parties and training courses for employees on site, the DHL Air Thermonet stations will receive the quality label. Thereby DHL Global Forwarding enhances transportation and storage quality levels of pharmaceutical goods and the DHL Air Thermonet stations exceed usual quality standards.  

DHL Global Forwarding is set to certify seven U.S. stations of 11 across the Americas according to the CEIV Pharma Standard of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). In the Americas, DHL received certification starting with Bogota, Colombia and globally it will certify the remaining stations by the end of the second quarter of 2017. 

“Through the IATA CEIV certification, DHL is setting itself apart by meeting the highest global third party air freight regulatory standards,” said David Goldberg, U.S. CEO for DHL Global Forwarding. “Through a targeted approach, we have selected stations in some of our key U.S. hubs to undergo the rigorous audit certification process in order to further solidify our leadership position in these markets.”  

DHL started to certify its global stations according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard in the third quarter of 2016. By the end of the second quarter of 2017, the following DHL Global Forwarding stations will have received this highly acclaimed certification: 

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  •  Chicago, Illinois
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Los Angeles, California 
  • Miami, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico  


At each location, the umbrella association IATA examines the station’s correspondence to the Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), the GDP (Good Distribution Practices) guidelines of the European Union, the Annex 5 of the World Health Organization and the United States Pharmacopeia Standards. Apart from this they also set the industry standard for the transportation of dangerous goods and live animals in addition to sensitive pharmaceutical products. 

With its international network, DHL Global Forwarding is committed to offering a wide-ranging product portfolio at all of its Air Thermonet locations, covering all client needs for time and temperature sensitive air freight shipments. DHL express service “Medical Express” offers a fixed delivery time, while the “DHL Clinical Trial Logistics” is a logistics solution specifically designed for clinical studies such as the transportation of trial medication, auxiliary materials and lab kits. Please contact your sales representative with questions.