According to ASTM International member Ralph Basile, the guide is an important step in the process of validating cleaning instructions that healthcare workers perform to prepare a device for the next patient.
Device manufacturers, testing laboratories, and regulatory agencies will be the primary users of the new standards. Basile notes that healthcare facilities might also find the new standard helpful in understanding how manufacturers validate their cleaning instructions.
Basile notes that the committee is now developing a fourth standard in this series, aimed at detecting and quantifying cleaning markers for validating cleaning methods for reusable medical devices (WK63284). The previous two standards are F3208 and F3293.
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