Korea to be the First to Independently Achieve CEIV Pharma Certification in the Country

February 13th, 2018

On January 31st, 2018, Bolloré Logistics Korea became the first transport and logistics company in South Korea to independently achieve the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma).

The certification is a globally recognized and standardized certification for healthcare airfreight shipments. It is meant to train all the air cargo industry operators on the proper Cold Chain handling of pharmaceutical products requiring temperature control.   

Bolloré Logistics Korea began the certification process according to the IATA CEIV Pharma standard in the third quarter of 2015. The CEIV committee has worked with dedication to bring the internal processes to required expectations.

"We are proud to be the first CEIV Pharma logistics company independently certified in Korea. The certification reinforces our commitment to provide the highest standards of professionalism in handling the transportation of high-value pharmaceutical products under strict temperature and time-sensitive conditions," said Thibault JANSSENS, Managing Director of Bolloré Logistics Korea.

The CEIV certification will allow Bolloré Logistics Korea to have a competitive/strategic advantage in the healthcare logistics market with a stronger, more competitive and enhanced air cargo service.  

This is a new success which shows our commitment to achieve the highest international quality standard in the global pharmaceutical supply chain for its customers, by continually improving our processes and infrastructures to be compliant with IATA CEIV Pharma standards. With Australia, Singapore and now South Korea certified, the aim of Bolloré Logistics is to deploy this action throughout its global network with on-going certifications on other sites in the Asia-Pacific region such as in Hong Kong and Japan.

With its modern and innovative facilities, the excellence of its quality management system, the expertise of its teams and its multiple certifications, Bolloré Logistics is a major global player in the supply chain of pharmaceutical products.


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) created Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) in 2015. It aims to set the industrial standard for air cargo supply chain in pharmaceutical handling excellence. It addresses industry's need for more safety, security, compliance and efficiency, by the creation of a globally consistent and recognized pharmaceutical product handling certification. CEIV Pharma encompasses, or even supersedes, many of the existing pharmaceutical standards and guidelines, such as IATA Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), European Union Good Distribution Practices (EU GDP), World Health Organization Annex 5, United States Pharmacopeia Standards.

More on IATA's CEIV Pharma: www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/pharma/Pages/ceiv-pharma.aspx   


Picture (From left to right): James NAMGOONG, Healthcare Sales Manager at Bolloré Logistics Korea; Soo Hyun CHOI, Pharmacist at Bolloré Logistics Korea; Thibault JANSSENS, Managing Director at Bolloré Logistics Korea; and Maria MOON, QHSE Manager at Bolloré Logistics Korea.

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