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FlyPharma Conference Europe concludes its fourth successful year in Brussels

Published on 07/06/18 at 11:25am

The FlyPharma Conference Europe wrapped up for another year on 6 June, returning with an expanded roster of speakers who provided insight into all aspects of the pharmaceutical supply chain.

The event was once again hosted at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel and the Host Partner, Brussels Airport, as always provided speakers and insight into its own experiences working directly with a number of supply chain stakeholders.

FlyPharma always aims to instigate discussions on key industry topics, such as temperature excursions or security challenges, but also aims to expand attendees’ knowledge regarding newer and more unfamiliar territory, which appeared in the conference during debates over data sharing and innovative means of encouraging this, for example through blockchain technology.

Behind all of these discussions was a real desire to push the industry forward and to rectify the issues that are still existent within the developing supply chain. As in previous years, the event took place over two days (5-6 June) and featured a range of speakers from across the industry.

The insight that drew the greatest applause during the event came from Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo & Logistics at Brussels Airport Company. He recounted, during the setting up of the IATA CEIV Pharma certification, how there had been some doubt from a number of companies about the importance of achieving accreditation: “Until one gentlemen stood up, I still thank you for this Eddy [Eddy Weygaerts, Senior Manager for Logistics Delivery ELC & ES EU for Pfizer], and said to the whole of the room: ‘If you do not do this and if you do not change, then you’re not going to have my cargo in future and that is what is going to happen.’ By the end of meeting, we had our ten companies to launch because suddenly everyone was interested. So, if tomorrow the shippers would sit together and then say, ‘this is the standard’, you would be surprised by how quickly we can move as an industry”.

The reason the response drew such a strong reaction is due to the understanding that the supply chain is able, when encouraged, to rise successfully to whatever new challenges it is faced with. It was indicative of the sense of positivity and energy that all stakeholders have in the industry to move forward, and quickly, to secure the pharma supply chain.

If you would like to participate in future discussions and learn from a select group of speakers and audience members, make sure to visit for information about FlyPharma’s upcoming events. This now includes FlyPharma US, launching its inaugural event in Miami on 11-12 September 2018, and FlyPharma Asia, which will take place for the second year in Hong Kong on 9-10 April 2019.

FlyPharma Europe returns to Brussels for its fifth event on 4-5 June 2019, so visit the website now to secure your place at the next event. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about FlyPharma conferences, including your potential for being involved, please contact Angela Cottrell, Events Director ( or Rhian Goldsbrough, Events and Marketing Assistant (

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