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Tuesday, July 14 2020 - 22:00
UL Helps Advance Vaccination Storage Technologies with New World Health Organization Accreditation
BENGALURU, India, July 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

  -- With an anticipated surge in the need for vaccine storage in preparation
     for COVID-19 vaccination release, World Health Organization accredited
     testing will help refrigeration OEMs ensure refrigeration reliability and
     temperature consistency impacting overall vaccine efficacy.

UL, a leading global safety science company, has announced that its 
Refrigeration Laboratory in Gurugram, India, has received World Health 
Organization (WHO) accreditation as a designated third-party testing laboratory 
for refrigeration equipment used for the storage of vaccines. This includes 
cold rooms, freezer rooms, solar-powered refrigerators and freezers, 
coolant-packs and related equipment. In addition, the WHO accreditation allows 
UL to carry out full quality assurance testing - on-site installation and 
commissioning - of cold room, freezer room and related equipment and coolants.  

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The accreditation for UL is part of WHO's Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) 
process. PQS prequalifies products and devices in order that WHO member states 
and United Nations purchasing agencies help assure of their suitability for use 
in immunization programs. Before a product or device can be added to the PQS 
database, it must be tested. Verification testing establishes whether a 
specific product from a specific manufacturer satisfies the requirements of 
relevant PQS performance specification. With WHO accreditation, UL will now be 
carrying out these tests to verify performance, quality and safety. UL received 
the PQS accreditation for refrigeration equipment and devices after 
demonstrating to WHO officials the UL Refrigeration Laboratory's conformity 
capabilities to appropriate internationally or nationally accepted standards or 
codes of practice.

The UL accreditation comes at a time when researchers around the world are 
addressing the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Producing and deploying 
enough immunizations to end the pandemic will be one of the biggest medical 
manufacturing efforts in history. To accomplish this, pharmaceutical companies, 
suppliers, governments and nonprofit organizations are busy readying the supply 
chain to handle a high number of needed COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine supply 
chain involves not only manufacturing the vaccine contents, but also 
temperature-controlled storage to maintain vaccine quality from production to 
patient. Failing to keep vaccinations at the correct temperatures, including 
those used for immunization programs against children's diseases, can result in 
textural degradation, discoloring, bruising and microbial growth. 

Todd Denison, vice president and general manager of UL's Appliances, HVAC and 
Lighting Division said, "As billions worldwide eagerly await a COVID-19 
vaccine, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare 
organizations globally will be scaling up vaccine cold chain capabilities.  
Maintaining large quantities in an environment that preserves vaccination 
efficacy and provides patients with intended benefit will be key to eradicating 
COVID-19 spread. UL is honored to be recognized by the World Health 
Organization as one of its accredited laboratories and play a key part in the 
overall protection of public health globally." 

With the WHO accreditation, UL will also test solar-powered refrigeration 
equipment based on new WHO product standards. Solar-powered refrigeration 
equipment is seen as critical for vaccine effectiveness in developing countries 
without a reliable electricity grid.

"The World Health Organization's approach to refrigeration products 
prequalification means that selected equipment and devices have meet specific 
performance, quality and safety standards that are appropriate for field 
conditions as well as cradle-to-grave safety characteristics to help ensure no 
harm is caused to users, patients or the environment during a product's life 
cycle," said Suresh Sugavanam, vice president and managing director of UL for 
South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. "UL's accreditation helps ensure products 
met these specifications while also strengthening the reliability of the 
world's immunization storage infrastructure."  

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Steven Brewster