This is the first edition of CAN/CSA-Z11135-1, Sterilization of health care products - Ethylene oxide - Part 1: Requirements for development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices, which is an adoption, with Canadian deviations, of the identically titled ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standard 11135-1 (first edition, 2007-05-01). This Standard replaces CAN/CSA-ISO 11135-98, Medical devices - Validation and routine control of ethylene oxide sterilization (adopted ISO 11135:1994).
This part of ISO 11135 specifies requirements for the development, validation and routine control of an ethylene oxide sterilization process for medical devices.
NOTE 1 Although the scope of this part of ISO 11135 is limited to medical devices, it specifies requirements and provides guidance that may be applicable to other health care products. Sterilization processes validated and controlled in accordance with the requirements of this part of ISO 11135 are not assumed to be effective in inactivating the causative agents of spongiform encephalopathies such as scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeld Jacob disease. Specific recommendations have been produced in particular countries for the processing of materials potentially contaminated with these agents.