Advisory Statement A19/02 - New Reference for Disinfection Requirements in Standard 1.6, Healthcare Associated Infection (PDF 299 KB)
To advise practices of a new reference document relevant to the requirements in Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) Standard 1.6 - Healthcare Associated Infection
(Standard 1.6), following the cessation of Therapeutic Goods Order No.54 – Standard for Disinfectants and Sterilants (TGO54)
on 1 April 2019.
This Advisory Statement should be read in conjunction with Advisory Statement 18/06 – Requirement for High Level Disinfection of Ultrasound Transducers
and also the requirements of DIAS Standard 1.6, in its entirety.
Standard 1.6 requires a practice providing ultrasound services to have a documented infection control policy setting out the requirements for disinfecting ultrasound transducers which is consistent with the requirements of TGO54 or its equivalent.
As TGO54 is no longer in force, it is no longer the correct reference document for the purposes of demonstrating compliance with Standard 1.6. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has confirmed that the relevant sections of the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Disinfectants
(the TGA Guidelines) are considered equivalent to TGO54 for the purposes of informing practices about the requirements for high level disinfection of semi-critical medical devices.
Semi-critical medical devices must be subject to high level disinfection. The requirements for high level disinfection in the TGA Guidelines are the same as those previously in TGO54. Practices which are currently disinfecting semi-critical ultrasound transducers in accordance with the high level disinfection requirements of TGO54, are therefore meeting the high level disinfection requirements of the TGA Guidelines. Practices should, however, update their infection control policy documents by deleting references to TGO54 and replacing them with the reference to the TGA Guidelines. This will ensure that future accreditation applications include the correct information.
For more information
Practices should refer to the TGA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Disinfectants1
for further information about the requirements for high level disinfection methods.
Additionally, practices should refer to and consider advice in the DIAS Advisory Statement 18/06
regarding the requirements for high level disinfection of ultrasound transducers.
The DIAS User Guide for Practices Applying for Accreditation
provides practices with further clarifying information about the evidentiary requirements for Standard 1.6, and practices should contact their Accreditor for further information and advice.
|Title||New Reference for High Level Disinfection Requirements for Standard 1.6, Healthcare Associated Infection|
|Date of publication||July 2019|
|Approved by||Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee|
|Review date||July 2021|
|Information in this statement applies to||DIAS Accreditors|
Providers of Medicare-funded ultrasound services
|Relevant standard||Standard 1.6 - Healthcare Associated Infection|
|Prepared by||Secretariat, Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee|
|Contact details||Phone: 02 6289 8859|
|Links to other statements or advisory documents||User Guide for Practices Applying for Accreditation|
DIAS Advisory Statement A18/06 – Requirement for High Level Disinfection of Ultrasound Transducers.
|Notes (if applicable)||N/A|