The Cold Chain

What is this cold chain thing?

In 2017 the New Zealand Ministry of Health released the latest version of their National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for Immunisation Providers.

This document sets standards for the storage and transportation of vaccines from arrival in Aotearoa to when they are removed from the fridge for dispensing. This is known as the cold chain. If you store vaccines and other cold stored medicines, you are a part of this cold chain. They (the MoH) have also made a simple video that nails it in one! See here.

Once the controlled product is in storage in your facility you are required to record the refrigerator's daily minimum and maximum temperatures. Our Haier vaccine refrigerators comply with this requirement. Our larger model Haier vaccine refrigerators include a built-in logging system to continuously record and store temperature data. This data is retrievable via USB. We also have a monitoring system to keep you fully complaint. These features ensure your compliance with the Ministry of Health cold chain requirements.

For continued compliance, your cold chain compliant vaccine, drug or pharmaceutical refrigerator requires annual re-certification, and every three years your clinics cold chain accreditation (CCA) is also reviewed. CCAT can perform your annual fridge/freezer re-certification, and assist with your CCA review. Re-certification involves an inspection, performance test and calibration check. We can assist with any repair which may also be required to maintain compliance.You can download a brochure showing the whole range of Haier pharmacy and vaccine fridges here.

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