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BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006 specifies requirements for the development, validation and routine control of a moist heat sterilization process for medical devices.

NOTE Although the scope of this part of ISO 17665 is limited to medical devices, it specifies requirements and provides guidance that may be applicable to other health care products.

Moist heat sterilization processes covered by this part of ISO 17665 include but are not limited to:

a) saturated steam venting systems;

b) saturated steam active air removal systems;

c) air steam mixtures;

d) water spray;

e) water immersion.

BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006 does not specify requirements for development, validation, and routine control of a process for inactivating the causative agents of spongiform encephalopathies such as scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Specific recommendations have been produced in particular countries for the processing of materials potentially contaminated with these agents.

BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006 does not apply to those sterilization processes that are based on a combination of moist heat with other biocidal agents (e.g. formaldehyde) as the sterilizing agent. 1.2.3 This part of ISO 17665 does not detail a specified requirement for designating a medical device as "sterile."

NOTE Attention is drawn to national or regional requirements for designating medical devices as "sterile." See, for example, EN 556-1 or ANSI/AAMI ST67

BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006 does not specify a quality management system for the control of all stages of production of medical devices.

NOTE It is not a requirement of BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006 to have a complete quality management system during manufacture, but the elements of a quality management system that are the minimum necessary to control the sterilization process are normatively referenced at appropriate places in the text (see, in particular, Clause 4).

Attention is drawn to the standards for quality management systems (see ISO 13485) that control all stages of production of medical devices, including the sterilization process. Regional and national regulations for the provision of medical devices might require implementation of a complete quality management system and the assessment of that system by a third party.

BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006 does not specify requirements for occupational safety associated with the design and operation of moist heat sterilization facilities.

NOTE Requirements for operational safety are specified in IEC 61010-2-040. Additionally, safety regulations exist in some countries.

Cross References:
ISO 10012
ISO 11138-1
ISO 11138-3
ISO 11140-1
ISO 11140-3
ISO 11140-4
ISO 11140-5
ISO 11607-1
ISO 11607-2
ISO 11737-1
ISO 11737-2
ISO 13485:2003
ISO 17664
ISO 9000:2005
ISO 9000-3:1991
ISO 9001:2000
ISO 9004:2000
ISO 10993-1
ISO 10993-17
ISO/TS 11139
ISO 14001
ISO 14040
ISO 14161:2000
ISO 14937:2000
ISO 14971
ISO 15882:2003
ISO 15883-1
ISO 15883-2
ISO 15883-4
ANSI/AAMI ST 67:2003
EN 285
EN 556-1
EN 868-1:1997
EN 868-2:1999
EN 868-3:1999
EN 868-4:1999
EN 868-5:1999
EN 868-8:1999
EN 868-9:2000
EN 868-10:2000
EN 12442-1:2000
EN 12442-2:2000
EN 12442-3:2000
EN 13060
IEC 61010-2-040
ISO 18472
ISO 22442-1
ISO 22442-2
ISO 22442-3

Document History

  1. BS EN ISO 17665-1:2006


    Sterilization of health care products. Moist heat

    • Most Recent
  2. BS EN 554:1994

    Sterilization of medical devices. Validation and routine control of sterilization by moist heat

    • Historical Version