Cold Chain

National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for Immunisation Providers 2017

This document defines the National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for all immunisation providers in New Zealand and outlines the requirements for providers to achieve the standards. These standards supersede the National Guidelines for Vaccine Storage and Distribution 2012 and the Immunisation Handbook 2014 3rd Edition. Download a copy of the  National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for Immunisation Providers 2017.

The essential cold chain

 The essential cold chain fact sheet sumarises the most important requirements for maintenance of the vaccine cold chain. More information is available through the document links on this webpage, Ministry of Health National Immunisation Programme cold chain management webpage, current Immunisation Handbook and Cold Chain Management Policy for your service.

The essential data logger

 The essential data logger fact sheet provides an introduction to the use of data loggers to ensure optimal cold chain maintenance. The vaccine refrigerator must be monitored by a digital minimum/maximum thermometer and a data logger.

Interim Guidelines for Purchase of Chilly Bins for Off-Site Immunisations 2015

The Interim Guidelines for Purchase of Chilly Bins for Off-Site Immunisations have been replaced by the  National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for Immunisation Providers 2017.

Annual Cold Chain Management Guide and Record

The Ministry of Health 2013 Annual Cold Chain Management Guide and Record is being revised in early 2017, it is used 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 0800 226 440.

Download a copy of the  2013 Annual Cold Chain Management Guide and Record

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.

The  Cold Chain Management Policy Template 2017.

Vaccine Register

Download a template for an easy to use  Vaccine Register.

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.

National Cold Chain Audit

The National Cold Chain Audit (NCCA) monitors the cold chain of National Immunisation Schedule vaccines from the ProPharma regional stores until immunisation providers have administered all doses in the vaccine box or for up to two weeks, whichever occurs first. IMAC is now responsible for the management of the NCCA on behalf of the Ministry of Health. The yellow temperature logger is attached to a box of vaccines in about 10% of vaccine orders from ProPharma.

 

 

  NCCA Logger instructions

 NCCA Flow chart

 NCCA FAQs