Reprocessing Medical Devices in Office-based Practice

Terry McAuley1

1 STEAM Consulting Pty Ltd, PO BOX 2249 Greenvale VIC 3059,


AS/NZS4815:2006 is still a current Australian Standard for reprocessing of reusable medical devices in office-based practices. However, hospital based and publicly funded community health services are expected to meet requirements in AS/NZS4187:2014 for accreditation purposes.

As AS/NZS4815 is now over 10 years old, the time has come to either revise this Standard or consider consolidation of both AS/NZS4187:2014 and AS/NZS4815:2006 into one nation-wide Standard. The way forward was recently the topic of a Standards Australia Scoping Workshop where stakeholders were asked to voice their opinions on the future of these Standards.

This presentation will examine the key principles for safe and effective reprocessing of reusable medical devices contained within AS/NZS4187 and look at how these principles can be applied in an office-based practice setting.

About the College

The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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