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Communicable Diseases Branch Queensland Infection Prevention and Control Unit - QIPCU Email update

Dear Colleagues,

 Welcome to this week's QIPCU Newsletter.

 Message from Queensland Chief Infection Control Nurse


  1. Standards update

Please find further standards update for your information.


While the remit of the newly established QIPCU is to provide IPC advice, we acknowledged that sterilising is a highly specialised area, and we are not subject matters experts for sterilising.


The Standards Australia AS 5369:2023 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices has been released. This updated Standard combines and supersedes both 4815:2006 and 4187:2014. It is likely that the changes will largely relate to those implementing 4815:2006.


The Commission is reviewing Standard AS5369 to identify key changes and will consider timeframes and if transitions arrangements will be required. This will be communicated to the system.


In the meantime, Advisory AS18/07: Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations remains current and describes the minimum requirements and timeframes for health service organisations  to comply with Action 3.17 in the NSQHS Standards.


Where the requirements for segregation and storage cannot be met by 31 December 2024, extensions can be sought from the Commission. These will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


As part of the submission process, regulator support will be sought, and organisations are encouraged to check licensing agreements to establish if applications and approvals for capital works are also required.


If you have any follow-up questions or require clarification, please contact the Commission’s Safety and Quality Advice Centre via reply email or call 1800 304 056.





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