Worldwide Flight Services has been awarded IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its new €10m Pharma Centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

WFS’ facility opened in September last year and is the only dedicated facility at Paris CDG, which is the second largest air cargo gateway in Europe. A team of dedicated and trained experts, temperature-controlled warehousing, and a transport fleet specifically adapted to guarantee pharmaceutical shipments integrity all operate alongside the centre, used by nearly 30 airlines and freight forwarders.

This year, the facility is predicted to handle over 8,000 tonnes of products.

Four temperature ranges are accommodated at the 2,400 square metre facility, which also boasts a real-time storage capacity monitoring and management system, while a Cloud platform also collects temperature and humidity data via sensors, accessible on mobile devices. Pulse, WFS’ cloud-based global platform for incident and inspection management has also been successfully deployed.

Hugo Rodrigues, Vice President Cargo France at WFS, said: “Investing in the Pharma Centre supports WFS’ strategy to broaden our product offering by supporting the needs of both our airline and forwarding customers as well as their customers, which, in this case, are major pharmaceutical companies that demand the highest standards of compliance to protect the integrity of their products. Gaining IATA CEIV Pharma certification so soon after opening the Centre recognises our intention to meet the highest industry standards. It also adds to Paris CDG’s reputation as one of the world’s leading air cargo gateways.”