Cold Chain

*NEW* 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 produced on behalf of the Ministry of Health and serve as an interim measure for District Health Boards and other immunisation providers to help with the purchase of chilly bins for off-site immunisation services. The were developed following a limited literature review and should be used in conjunction with the National Guidelines for Vaccine Storage and Distribution 2012 (Ministry of Health) that is under review. This review is expected to take most of 2016, further advice on purchasing chilly bins will not be available until the review is complete.

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 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 data logger that is able to measure, record and download data from the previous month for an immunisation provider to achieve Cold Chain Accreditation.

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 0800 226 440.

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.

 ESR Cold-chain Monitor Quick Reference Guide (updated March 2014)

Vaccine Register

Download a template for an easy to use  Vaccine Register.

For Cold Chain enquiries contact:

Bernadette Heaphy  ph: 027 292 4174