Standards and Best Practices

Click on the links below to visit websites where you can find the most current standards, best practices, and guidelines for reprocessing of medical devices. Please note this list is not all inclusive.

Accreditation Canada (website)

  • Qmentum Program – Reprocessing and Sterilization of Reusable Medical Devices

Alberta Health Services (website)

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) (website)

  • AAMI TIR63: Management of loaned critical and semi-critical medical devices that require sterilization or high-level disinfection
  • ANSI/AAMI ST79: Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities
  • ST91: Comprehensive guide to flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities
  • Sterilization, Part 1: Sterilization in Health Care Facilities

Ministry of Health – Province of British Columbia (website)

  • Best Practice Guidelines for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Critical and Semi-critical Medical Devices

Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA) (website)

  • Use of Reusable Medical Devices in Endoscopy Settings

Canadian Standards Association (CSA) (website)

  • Z314.0-13 Medical device reprocessing – General requirements
  • Z314.3-14 Effective sterilization in health care facilities by the steam process
  • Z314.8-14 Decontamination of reusable medical devices
  • Z314.10.1-15 Selection and use of gowns and drapes
  • Z314.10.2-15 Laundering, maintenance, and preparation of reusable gowns, drapes, and wrappers
  • Z314.14-15 Selection and use of packaging (sterile barrier systems) in healthcare settings
  • Z314.15-15 Storage, transportation, and distribution of single use and reusable medical devices
  • Z314.23-12 Chemical sterilization of reusable medical devices in health care facilities
  • Z8000-11 Canadian Health Care Facilities
  • SPE 1112-14 User Handbook for Medical Device Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (website)

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Canada (website)

Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) (website)

  • Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices in All Health Care Settings

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) (website)

  • Hand Washing, Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization in Health Care
  • Infection Prevention and Control Guideline for Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Flexible Bronchoscopy
  • Recommended practices for the prevention of endoscopy-related infections

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Inc. (SGNA) (website)

  • Guideline for Use of High Level Disinfectants & Sterilants for Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes
  • Standards of Infection Control in Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes

Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) (website)