The much anticipated and long awaited AS 5369 – Reprocessing of reusable medical devices and other devices in health and non-health related facilities was released late in 2023. The updated standard superseded AZ/NZS 4187:2014.

The Standard’s over-arching objective is to ensure that Reusable Medical Devices (RMDs) are adequately cleaned, disinfected and/or sterilised by Health Service Organisations (HSOs) during reprocessing – to protect patient health.

The Standard details a pathway to compliance . The first milestone is a gap analysis of compliance to AS 5369, including baseline water quality testing. The second milestone is a documented implementation plan for achieving compliance to the Standard. The third and final milestone is full compliance to AS5369.

HydroChem are helping their clients meet their water quality testing requirements for baseline sampling, ongoing monitoring, and resampling after remedial actions as outlined in their implementation plan. This includes final rinse water for manual and washer disinfectors, and feed water to steam sterilisers.

The HydroChem compliant sampling service includes:

      • Sample collection equipment, materials, and bottles, with compliant PPE
      • Aseptic sample collection and transportation
      • Accurate chain of custody
      • NATA accredited testing
      • Specific testing for atypical Mycobacterium
      • Immediate out-of-specification alerts
      • Laboratory report

Our proactive and responsive approach within the 24/7 health service environment is highly valued by our clients. We provide water disinfection services for Legionella and pathogen control to over 700 health facilities across Australia, from major tertiary hospitals to private aged care homes.

We are proud of our ability to meet the stringent key performance measures and documentation standards required for compliance in high-risk health environments.

Download our AS/NZS 5369  brochure here.