The essential cold chain
The essential cold chain fact sheet sumarises the most important requirements for maintenance of the vaccine cold chain. More in-depth information is available through the document links on this webpage, Ministry of Health National Immnunisation Programme cold chain management webpage, current Immunisation Handbook and Cold Chain Management Policy for your service.
Cold Chain Accreditation
Cold Chain Accreditation (CCA) is a Ministry of Health initiative for practices/providers to demonstrate effective management of vaccine stocks in the cold chain, as required by existing national standards.
The CCA Provider Self-assessment Form and CCA Immunisation Provider Review Form are available on the Ministry of Health National Immunisation Programme cold chain management webpage.
Annual Cold Chain Management Guide and Record
The Ministry of Health is printing the 2013 Annual Cold Chain Management Guide and Record as a clinic based quality tool to support providers in maintaining high cold chain standards. The guide enables you to:
- Have instant access to temperature-recording charts at the refrigerator site
- Use the trouble shooting tips for cold chain problems
- Have a self audit tool to check your clinic is on target for excellence
- Keep track of your clinic’s cold chain history
- Use as an orientation guide for new staff
The 2013 Annual Cold Chain Management Guide and Record can be downloaded and/or ordered from the Ministry of Health website or ordered by phoning Wickliffe on 04 496 2277.
Download a copy of the National Guidelines for Vaccine Storage and Distribution 2012
Download a copy of the 2013 Annual Cold Chain Management Guide and Record
Download a copy of The Vaccine Cold Chain poster (large file 4.55MB)
Cold Chain Management Policy Template
The Ministry of Health has created a Cold Chain Management Policy template to assist immunisation providers and clinics develop their individualised policy, an essential requirement for Cold Chain Accreditation.
Download a copy of the Cold Chain Management Policy Template 2013
National Cold-chain Audit
The National Cold-chain Audit (NCCA) is resuming. A new digital monitor. TagAlert®, will be randomly included with schedule vaccine deliveries ftom the end of April/early May. The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) has produced a pictorial guide to reading the TagAlert® monitor and recording the results and provided quick answers to frequent questions about this change to the NCCA.
Download a Vaccine Register example.
For Cold Chain enquiries contact:
Karen Green ph: 0272 324 567