E006 temperature monitoring devices

Guidelines for procurement of temperature monitoring devices used in vaccine storage and distribution.


Vaccines are biological products that can lose their potency if exposed to excessive heat and/or freezing. Different vaccines have different sensitivity to freezing and heat; it is because of this phenomenon that monitoring the temperature of vaccines during storage and transportation is vital.

Temperature monitoring devices are needed to keep track of the temperature to which the vaccines and diluents are exposed. Based on the data from these devices; important decisions may be made. This includes using the vaccine if the temperature is within the recommended excursion range, conducting a shake test if freezing is suspected or discarding the vaccine.

This document provides key information to ensure effective and efficient procurement of temperature monitoring devices for vaccine storage and distribution.