Sterilisation standards

The sterilising of reusable medical devices is a specialised area of infection prevention. Quality management of reprocessing of reusable instruments and equipment is essential in ensuring a reliable and reproducible process is performed.

The recommended guidance for reprocessing of reusable instruments and equipment is contained within Australian/New Zealand Standard 4187:2014.  All sterilising facilities should have ready access to this document. 

This standard can be purchased through the SAI Global website or accessed electronically through the SA Health library.


Staff who undertake reprocessing of reusable medical devices must be trained in the necessary procedures. There are specific courses in sterilisation available locally through tertiary institutions for example:


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