As of July 1st 2012, all healthcare cargo shipments must be affixed with the IATA Time and Temperature Sensitive label to be in compliance with Chapter 17 of the Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR).
What is an IATA Time and Temperature Sensitive label?
It is a 100mm x 100mm sticker which indicates that a shipment is time and temperature sensitive and has a space to identify the external threshold temperature range of the products in the shipment.
When does it need to be used?
On all temperature controlled pharmaceutical air cargo/freight shipments, both domestic and international. The PCR regulations do not apply to airmail, parcel or courier bags.
Who is responsible for using the label?
The shipper, or (if one is being used) a shipping agent, is responsible for affixing the labels prior to shipment.
Why do you need to comply?
The IATA represents 240 airlines. If your healthcare industry temperature-shipment is not appropriately labeled, these airlines can refuse to accept the shipment.
How can Timestrip® help your healtcare industry shipments?
The IATA label will help improve the awareness of temperature safe products, but Timestrip® can complete the supply chain with visual confirmation that the shipments have been kept at safe temperatures.
We offer a variety of time and temperature monitoring systems for the healthcare industry that can be used in conjunction with the IATA label for complete temperature monitoring solution. Our Timestrip Plus™ ascending temperature breach indicators come in a variety of threshold temperatures, while our Timestrip Minus™ indicators can visually indicate when your shipment has been frozen.
For those needing the ultimate supply chain management product, try Timestrip Complete™ which combines the best of Timestrip Plus™ and Timestrip Minus™ and can be customized to your shipments needs.
For more information on the IATA labels please visit their site.