ITALY: UL’s laboratory in Gavirate, Varese, has received accreditation from the World Health Organization (WHO) as a third-party testing laboratory for vaccine storage refrigerators and freezers.
Additionally, WHO accreditation allows UL to perform comprehensive quality assurance testing – on-site installation and commissioning – of solar-powered refrigerator systems.
UL accreditation is part of the WHO Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) process, which prequalifies products and devices for WHO Member States and United Nations purchasing agencies to ensure the ‘suitability of products and devices for use in immunization programs. A manufacturer certified under the WHO program is included in the WHO database, a resource used by those who need refrigeration equipment for an immunization campaign.
UL will now perform the necessary tests to verify whether the products meet PQS performance and quality.
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, producing and storing enough vaccines is one of the greatest medical manufacturing efforts in history. Some vaccines require storage in an environment as low as -70 ° C, while adequate refrigeration levels must be maintained throughout manufacture, storage and distribution to ensure their integrity.
With WHO accreditation, UL will test solar powered refrigeration equipment based on new WHO product standards. Solar-powered refrigeration equipment is considered essential for vaccine effectiveness in developing countries without a reliable power grid.