Vaccine providers and program administrators face significant challenges as they navigate the selection and purchase of effective vaccine storage equipment. It is not always clear whether a refrigerator or freezer will meet a provider’s needs. Providers should take great care when selecting vaccine storage equipment as proper storage is critical to ensure the safety and viability of life-saving vaccines.
A new vaccine storage standard, NSF/ANSI 456, that ensures storage units are tested against a protocol designed to reflect real-world use conditions will serve to demystify the selection process for end-users. This new vaccine standard was developed through collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Sanitary Foundation (NSF), end users, equipment suppliers, vaccine manufacturers, and stakeholders in public health.