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National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)

Introducing the new National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)

 

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Updated: 24th December 2015

Water systems for healthcare premises (HTM 04-01)

Health technical memorandum 04-01: the design, installation and testing of water supply, storage and distribution in healthcare premises.

 

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Updated: 7th August 2015

Prevention and control of infections: code of practice

This is the latest update.

 

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Updated: 7th August 2015

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance

Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections, and related guidance: replaces the edition published in 2010. This is the latest update.

 

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Updated: 7th August 2015

NHS Pay Review Body

Enabling the delivery of healthcare services every day of the week – the implications for Agenda for Change

 

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Updated: 21st July 2015

Do you know the new recognition and requirements for education, training and job descriptions for your CSSD staff?

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Updated: 14th July 2015

Master Indemnity Agreement

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Updated: 14th July 2015

Guidance - Minimise transmission risk of CJD and vCJD in healthcare settings

Prevention of CJD and vCJD by Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens' Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (ACDP TSE) Subgroup.

 

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Updated: 2nd June 2015

Case study on the orientation of phaco hand
pieces during steam sterilization processes

 

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Updated: 2nd June 2015

Managing Medical Devices

Guidance for healthcare and social services organisations

 

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Updated: 28th May 2015

ACDP Updates

 

Please view the updated information below:

 

Annex_C_v3.0.pdf

 

Annex_F_v3.0.pdf

 

Infection_controlv3.0.pdf

 

Updated: 28th May 2015

MRRS 4101: Synoptics – ProReveal

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Updated: 12th March 2015

Rapid Review Panel: recommendation listing

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Updated: 12th March 2015

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) biannual update (August 2014), with updated guidance on decontamination of gastrointestinal endoscopy equipment

 

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Updated: 16th February 2015

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) biannual update, (Feb 2014)

with briefing on novel human prion disease

 

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Updated: 16th February 2015

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) biannual update (February 2015)

 

This six-monthly report provides an update on the enhanced surveillance of potential iatrogenic (healthcare-acquired) exposures to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). The data is correct as at 31st December 2014. For numbers of CJD case reports, readers should consult data provided by the National CJD Research and Surveillance Unit (NCJDRSU, http://www.cjd.ed.ac.uk/data.html).

 

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Updated: 16th February 2015

UNISON HEALTHCARE - BRANCH UPDATE

 

UNISON, NHS Employers and the Institute of Decontamination Sciences have been working collaboratively to raise national standards and training for staff working in Sterile Services roles.

 

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Updated: 5th February 2015

Conformity assessment and the CE mark

 

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Updated: 19th January 2015

Design strategy for low-energy ventilation and cooling of hospitals

 

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Updated: 8th January 2015

WHTM 01-06
Welsh Health Technical Memorandum
Decontamination of flexible endoscopes
Part D: Testing methods

 

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Updated: 5th January 2015

Autoclave explodes

Corporate manslaughter: waste firm fined £500K

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http://www.shponline.co.uk/corporate-manslaughter-waste-firm-fined-500k/

 

Updated: 13th November 2014

Endoscope rinse water scheme: sample instruction sheet

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/endoscope-rinse-water-scheme-sample-instruction-sheet

 

Updated: 11th November 2014

Tray Weights

 

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HSE - Getting to grips with manual handling

 

National Decontamination Programme - Theatre Support Pack

 

Updated: 22nd October 2014

Government's response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on UK blood safety and vCJD.

 

Government's response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on UK blood safety and vCJD.

 

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Updated: 20th October 2014

CQC new regulations consultation

 

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CQC 20140725 Fundamental Standards and Enforcement Consultation

 

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http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/consultations-our-guidance-help-services-meet-new-regulations

 

Updated: 11th August 2014

House of Commons - Science and Technology Committee

 

After the storm? UK blood safety and the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

 

Second Report of Session 2014–15

 

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Updated: 28th July 2014

Job Profiles and Training and Education for Decontamination Technicians

 

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Updated: 17th July 2014

Guidelines for Decontamination of Equipment for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

 

Guidance on Decontamination of Equipment for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: 2014 Edition

 

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Updated: 15th July 2014

Director of Technical Services Role

 

Following the resignation of the current Director of Technical Services the IDSc are looking to appoint a replacement for this crucial role.

 

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Updated: 1st May 2014

Calls for fresh guidance on re-use of disposable surgical equipment

 

http://www.buildingbetterhealthcare.co.uk/news/article_page

 

Updated: 14th April 2014

Managing medical devices

 

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Publications/Safetyguidance/DeviceBulletins/CON2025142

 

Updated: 14th April 2014

MHRA website will soon be moving to GOV.UK

 

MHRA website will soon be moving to GOV.UK, the best place to find government services and information.
Together with Government Digital Service, we are working to give you the latest information and guidance in the best way to meet your needs, and are now in the final stages of transferring our content to GOV.UK.
We have already started publishing consultations and publications, and will soon be publishing regulatory guidance.
To find out the latest information on how this will affect you, please read the Moving to GOV.UK page on our website. We also welcome your questions about our move to GOV.UK. You can get in touch with us by email at webupdates@mhra.gsi.gov.uk or through Twitter, using #mhraongovuk.

 

Updated: 11th April 2014

Results of the Orthopaedic Instruments Questionnaire

 

Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to be able to release the results of the Orthopaedic Instruments Questionnaire.
The aim of the questionnaire, whilst many of the questions were process related, is for the benefit of all parties, SSD, Users and Manufacturers, in an attempt to improve the management of orthopaedic trays overall.
This is the first stage of the process and the Technical Group will review the information and then look to work with the relevant bodies to influence further developments and design of future sets.
Can I thank all those who participated in the process to date and Karen Tweed for putting the information together.
I look forward to receiving any further comments from Members and working to positive out come
Alan Clark
Interim Director of Technical Support.

 

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Updated: 2nd April 2014

MHRA and NHS England in initiative to simplify adverse incident reporting

 

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/CON395245

 

Updated: 25th March 2014

MHRA guidance on medical device stand-alone software (including apps)

 

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Howweregulate/Devices/Devicesregulatorynews/CON395239

 

Updated: 25th March 2014

FDA Commissioner calls for collaborative approach to health regulation at Annual Lecture

 

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/CON392821

 

Updated: 14th March 2014

Explanation of medicines and medical devices regulatory systems is published

 

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Updated: 4th March 2014

Health Technical Memorandum 00: Policies and principles of healthcare engineering

 

To comment on this document please download the comments form below and submit to Val O'Brien at val.obrien@synergyhealthplc.com by Monday 27th January.

 

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Comments Form

 

Updated: 16th January 2014

Rapid Review Panel seek new members - applications sought

 

The Panel is currently looking for a new Chairperson and 3 members to strengthen and broaden its expert independent knowledge base.

 

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Updated: 24th October 2013

Decontamination Alert

 

EWD/AER Manufacturer approved detergents and disinfectants for use in automated endoscope decontamination

 

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Updated: 4th October 2013

Professional Expert Communications Forum: Decontamination of Medical Devices

 

Find the latest news and updates from the Professional Expert Communications Forum: Decontamination of Medical Devices in our members area.

 

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Updated: 24th August 2013

MHRA - Guidance on legislation
Borderlines with medical devices

 

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Borderlines with medical devices

 

Updated: 4th August 2013

IDSc endorsed Getinge courses

 

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY AND BASIC MICROBIOLOGY IDSc Approved courses!

 

To apply for both and for further details,
visit: http://www.getinge.com/healthcare/education/getinge-uk-academy/

 

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Updated: 9th July 2013

A survey of exposure to enzymes in cleaning solutions used to clean endoscopes

 

Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory for the Health and Safety Executive 2013. Click the link below to download the document.

 

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Updated: 23rd June 2013

Health Technical Memorandum 01.05 Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices

 

Please be advised a new 2013 version of Health Technical Memorandum 01.05 Decontamination in Primary Care Dental Practices has been issued 31st March. This document supersedes the 2009 Version. This document is a guide for those conducting decontamination in primary care dental practices in England.

 

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Updated: 14th April 2013

THE REVISION OF EUROPEAN LEGISLATION ON MEDICAL DEVICES
The response to the public consultation - April 2013

 

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Updated: 14th April 2013

PRE-PURCHASE DECONTAMINATION QUESTIONNAIRE

 

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Updated: 19th March 2013

Research Opportunity

 

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Research Opportunity Guidance

 

Updated: 28th February 2013

Transmissible Spongioform Encephalopathy Agents
- Safe working and the prevention of infection

 

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Annex F - Endoscopy

 

Annex J - Pre-surgical assessment

 

Annex M - Managing vCJD risk in Liver Surgery and Liver Transplants

 

Infection Control

 

Updated: 18th February 2013

CFPP Update from IDSc National Chairman

 

A copy of the article from Medical Device Decontamination incorporating the IDSc Journal November 2012 - January 2013.

 

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Updated: 18th December 2012

Guidelines for transoesophageal echocardiographic probe cleaning and disinfection from the British Society of Echocardiography

 

To access the document please log in to the members area, go to the Document Library and click on the Technical section.

 

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Updated: 26th November 2012

The never events policy framework - update to policy

 

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Updated: 31st October 2012

Disposition of comments on ‘CFPP 01-01 Part A’ GS - VOB

 

Now Available for Reference in our Members Area Document Library under Department of Health

 

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Updated: 8th March 2012