This is the first edition of CAN/CSA-Z15883-4, Washer-disinfectors — Part 4: Requirements and tests for washer-disinfectors employing chemical disinfection for thermolabile endoscopes, which is an adoption without modification of the identically titled ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standard 15883-4 (first edition, 2008-05-01).
This Standard was reviewed for Canadian adoption by the CSA Technical Committee on Sterilization, under the jurisdiction of the Strategic Steering Committee on Health Care Technology, and has been formally approved by the Technical Committee. This Standard has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada.
This part of ISO 15883 specifies the particular requirements, including performance, for washer-disinfectors (WDs) that are intended to be used for cleaning and chemical disinfection of thermolabile endoscopes.
This part of ISO 15883 also specifies the performance requirements for the cleaning and disinfection of the washer-disinfector and its components and accessories which may be required to achieve the necessary performance.
The methods, instrumentation and instructions required for type testing, works testing, validation (installation, operational and performance qualification on first installation), routine control and monitoring and re-validation, periodically and after essential repairs, are also specified.
NOTE 1 In addition, Annex A gives guidance on an appropriate division of responsibility for the range of activities covered by this part of ISO 15883.
NOTE 2 WDs complying with this part of ISO 15883 can also be used for cleaning and chemical disinfection of other thermolabile re-usable medical devices for which the device manufacturer has recommended this method of disinfection.
WDs complying with the requirements of this part of ISO 15883 are not intended for cleaning and disinfection of medical devices, including endoscopic accessories, which are heat stable and can be disinfected or sterilized by thermal methods (see ISO 15883-1:2006, 4.1.5).
The specified performance requirements of this part of ISO 15883 may not ensure the inactivation or removal of the causative agent(s) (prion protein) of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.
NOTE 3 If it is considered that prion protein might be present, particular care is needed in the choice of disinfectants and cleaning agents to ensure that the chemicals used do not react with the prion protein in a manner that may inhibit its removal or inactivation from the load or washer-disinfector.
This part of ISO 15883 can be used by prospective purchasers and manufacturers as the basis of agreement on the specification of WD manufacturers of endoscopes, cleaning products, disinfecting products, and also by users.