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Pharma.Aero and Cool Chain Association sign MoU

Pharma.Aero and Cool Chain Association sign MoU to harmonise perishable and pharmaceutical shipping processes
photo_camera L-R, standing: Frank Van Gelder, secretary general of Pharma.Aero, Vijan Chetty, a CCA board director; sitting: Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA chairman of the board, and Trevor Caswell, chairman of Pharma.Aero (signing).

Pharma.Aero and the Cool Chain Association (CCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to harmonise pharmaceutical and perishable cold chain processes.

The MoU outlines the associations’ shared commitment to foster collaboration and enhance transparency between the life science and perishable supply chain.

Pharma.Aero is the cross-industry collaboration platform for life science logistics, and the Cool Chain Association (CCA) is an industry association specialising in temperature-controlled logistics.

Trevor Caswell, chairman of Pharma.Aero and manager, demand and product development (cargo) at Edmonton International Airport, said: “We are excited about the prospect of joint industry projects that will not only drive advancements but also set new benchmarks for industry collaboration.

“By joining forces, we aim to leverage our collective expertise to address the evolving challenges in the life science temperature-controlled logistics.”

Pharma.Aero and the CCA will collaborate on projects to review and recommend new industry processes and guidelines.

Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA chairman of the board, and head of global healthcare at Cargolux, said: “Our partnership with Pharma.Aero is born out of a shared goal to improve the quality and safety of the cool supply chain.

“We believe that we can achieve so much more through cross-industry collaboration than we ever could working independently in silos.”

The associations have stated that they are looking to compare critical control points identified in the CCA’s perishable trials with those recognised by Pharma.Aero in the pharmaceutical supply chain, using IATA’s CEIV Pharma and Fresh certifications as benchmarks to identify shared standards for improving the cold chain.

Nicola Caristo, CCA secretary general and senior quality manager at SkyCell AG, said: “By promoting harmonious processes across perishables and pharma we hope to facilitate a holistic and sustainable approach to air cargo, highlighting where the industry can simplify operations with better handling, reduce waste with improved data visibility, and increase profits with more efficient processes.”

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