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 is currently under review. The 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.
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The Interim Guidelines for Purchase of Chilly Bins for Off-Site Immunisations have been replaced by the National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for Immunisation Providers 2017.
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 provides the 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.
The National Guidelines for Vaccine Storage and Distribution 2012 have been replaced with the National Standards for Vaccine Storage and Transportation for Immunisation Providers 2017.
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 template for an easy to use Vaccine Register.
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.