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Quality of Cold: What it Means and Why it Matters

Vaccine cold chain management

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only the use of purpose-built or pharmaceutical-grade refrigerators and freezers are recommended for the storage of vaccines and other pharmaceuticals. The guidelines do not, however, extend to the performance standards of products marketed as purpose-built or pharmaceutical-grade. 

To fill this gap and ensure that storage products meet the qualifications for safe vaccine storage, the CDC-sponsored NSF/ANSI standard (NSF 456) was released in 2021. The standard outlines the importance of ensuring protection from freezing, tight temperature uniformity, rapid recovery following door openings, and other requirements essential to continued vaccine viability. Though storage is one small part of the vaccine cold chain, proper end storage and handling is crucial to the continued efficacy of vaccines.

Download this eBook now to learn how to ensure vaccine potency through proper storage at every level of the cold chain. 

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