Menzies Aviation’s cargo operations in Sydney – Menzies Cargo Sydney – has received the Center of Excellence of Independent Validators for Pharmaceutical Logistics accreditation (CEIV Pharma).
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) accreditation endorses the company’s ability to safely and securely handle pharmaceuticals transported from all over the world into Sydney.
Menzies Cargo Sydney becomes the first handling agent in the Oceania region to achieve CEIV Pharma accreditation. The company has been working towards the accreditation for almost two years, in a multi-stage process of independent audits, validation and training.
The CEIV Pharma programme aims to not only elevate staff levels of competency but also ensure that participating companies upgrade their procedures, processes, risk assessment methodology and infrastructure to meet the very specific and delicate handling requirements for time and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products.
“It has been a very thorough and rewarding process for our team in Sydney who have spent almost two years working to understand the criteria, develop processes, invest in infrastructure and train the staff which resulted in us being able to be assessed and validated for the CEIV Pharma accreditation,” said Menzies Aviation’s executive vice president, OSEA Alistair Reid.
“Our adopted learnings about pharmaceutical products are invaluable, enabling the team to play a major part in serving the greater community through the improved handling of products that are now more important than ever.
“On a larger scale, the Sydney Cargo team has created a business standard that can be adopted by many of our other stations around the globe which may open the door to new partnerships between Menzies Aviation and other key players in the critical supply chain.
“Through what has been a difficult time for the industry due to Covid-19, our cargo division has remained strong and retained its focus on continuous improvement, enhancing its service offering, to enable our customers to compete effectively. Our business continues to grow as a result, most recently with the successful start-up of cargo operations for United Airlines at Sydney and Melbourne.”
[Pictured above is Menzies Aviation’s general manager cargo Kayla Moa.]