AAMI Announces Launch of Quality Systems for Device Reprocessing Working Group

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is seeking volunteers to help with the creation of a new standard: AAMI ST90: Reprocessing of reusable medical devices -- Quality management systems for reprocessing for healthcare delivery organizations.

AAMI is seeking participation from users (sterile processing professionals, nurses, clinicians), healthcare technology managers, device manufacturers, independent service organizations, quality systems experts, hospital leadership, purchasing organizations, regulatory agencies, and any other interested parties. Applications are invited both from current standards committee participants and from new participants.

In addition, AAMI invites nominations for user/general interest and industry co-chairs for both groups. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominations can be sent to sgillespie@aami.org.

This document will specify minimum requirements for quality management systems where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to effectively, efficiently and consistently reprocessing (clean, decontaminate, disinfect, sterilize) reusable medical devices in order to prevent infections, pyrogenic reactions or other adverse patient events.  

This standard will be developed by ST/WG 86, Quality systems for device reprocessing working group, under the auspices of the AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee. To apply to this working group, visit: http://www.aami.org/CommitteeCentral/Committee/ShowMembershipForm.cfm and select AAMI/ST/WG 86 from the drop down menu in item No. 5.

Note AAMI membership requirements for participation, detailed at http://www.aami.org/membership/categories.html.