Assessment of Refrigerated Vehicles in Ethiopia in collaboration with Imperial Health Sciences (IHS) Public Health, North America.

Cold Chain

Industry:

 Pharmaceutical and Health Care.

Objective:

To qualify two (2) different sized refrigerated vehicles according to World Health organization (WHO) guidelines and to assess vehicle performance in terms of maintaining the required acceptance criteria of 2 °C – 8 °C.

Overview:

As part of NGO Cold Chain Vehicle Management Strategy a compliance assessment was required specifically with regard to vehicle performance in maintaining the cold chain during transportation. This assessment was executed in the structure of a formal validation process comprising of three (3) essential validation phases; namely Installation Qualification (IQ), Operational Qualification (OQ), and Performance Qualification (PQ). Structuring findings in this manner combined with temperature mapping techniques allowed for validation of the refrigerated vehicles as well as the identification and documentation of gaps to be corrected in order to further improve process and performance.

Outcomes:

  • Validation of two vehicle types according to World Health organization (WHO) guidelines and principles.
  • Findings apply as proof of principle for the remaining fleet comprising of a total of 20 of the two different type vehicles thereby optimizing the cost of compliance.
  • Static Temperature Mapping of each vehicle type established thermal trends in terms of loading and unloading patterns thereby streamlining operations.
  • Route-based Temperature Mapping of each vehicle type established vehicle performance parameters effectively illustrating the risk associated with transportation at high ambient external temperatures in Ethiopia, specifically.

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