The IATA Introduces the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators

Formally known as the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics, or CEIV Live Animals, this new regulatory authority from the IATA provides additional assurances and accountability so that every stakeholder across the air cargo supply chain is operating to the highest standards in the transport of live animals. As live animal cargo transport becomes more common and more important across a wide range of commercial industries, it was all but inevitable that the airline industry would look to create something of a universal standard to govern live animal transportation.

Fortunately, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that is introducing this certification program is already a globally-recognized and organizations. And many of the regulatory guidelines are already established in large part by the organization’s Live Animal Regulations (LAR). Perhaps the biggest change and raison d’etre for this new regulatory body is the introduction of actionable steps to for stakeholders to demonstrate their compliance with best practices. Here is the 6-part certification process that live animal air transportation providers would go through to receive and retain their certification.


1: Planning

Setup a project organization team. Within the team define the scope of work, accountabilities, and deliverables, and communication plan.

2: Training

Follow the Management of Live Animals Logistics Training destined for personnel involved in the handling and transport of live animals and working for airlines, ground handling, freight forwarding and animal shipping companies.

3: Assessment

Carry out an assessment of the handling and transport of live animals against the dedicated CEIV Live Animals Logistics audit checklist to ensure compliance with existing standards, requirements and the Live Animals Regulations (LAR).

4: Validation

Conduct a final validation to verify the findings and the gap analysis made during the assessment have been addressed to ensure that the organization meets the program’s objectives.

5: Certification

Being recognized and registered as a “Center of Excellence for Live Animals Logistics” after successful completion of the training and validation parts. The certificate is valid for 36 months.

6: Re-certification

It includes a refresher training and a re-validation to check and ensure continued compliance with the program’s objectives.


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