Are you using digital data loggers? How about household refrigerator/freezers? How can you be confident that your vaccines haven’t been compromised? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit aims to provide guidance on these and other questions. Published in 2014, the Toolkit discusses Vaccine Cold Chain, Transportation, Storage and Handling Plans, Temperature Monitoring Equipment, Best Practices and more. More recently, the CDC released new requirements for all Vaccines for Children (VFC) suppliers, tightening restrictions on VFC storage.
Temperature Monitoring Equipment
The CDC will require NIST-certified calibrated probes in the center of storage units by your vaccines. For proper environment monitoring, you will be required to:
- Review and record storage unit temperature readings at least 2 times a day, and minimum and maximum temperatures once each morning.
- Use the digital data logger to store and record temperatures at regular intervals for 24-hour monitoring.
- Have a digital display for the data logger for reading outside of the storage unit.
- Maintain temperature data and document any malfunctions or outages.
Please note, as of January 1, 2017*, the following recommendations will be requirements for all VFC providers in order to maintain compliance with the CDC:
- All VFC providers must have certified calibrated digital data loggers for continuous temperature monitoring for each VFC storage unit and back-up thermometer.
- Household combination refrigerator/freezers will no longer be allowable for the storage of VFC vaccines.
*Mesa recommends checking with your state authorities for confirmation of when these requirements will be mandated at your facility.
Failure to meet these requirements may result in a citation under public record. Our Mesa representatives are available to discuss any questions you may have regarding the new requirements, and how we can help you prepare for these changes. Please contact us today.
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