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Top ten tips on endoscope decontamination - poster

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Type: Publication
Series No: N/A
Audience: Healthcare professionals
Published: August 2012
Format: Electronic only
Size: A4/A3
Pages: 1
Price: free
Author: MHRA
Copyright: Crown

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We have reviewed the types of incidents reported to us over the last two years and have revised this poster.
It is similar to the previous edition - quality and training have prime position at the top of the new poster as many of the incidents we see may not have occurred if formal procedures and appropriate training had been in place.

We make reference to the Department of Health’s document ‘Choice Framework for Local Policy and Procedures 01-06 – Decontamination of flexible endoscopes’ (external link). We would encourage you to familiarise yourself with these documents and take action where appropriate. 

If you work in one of the devolved administrations you will need to consider the relevant documentation for your country.

We hope you will find this poster helpful and will bring it to the attention of all members of staff that need to be aware.

The topics addressed are:

  • Quality
  • Staff training
  • Compatibility
  • Identification
  • Channel connection
  • Manual cleaning
  • Chemical compatibility
  • Process validation
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Incident reporting


We have produced it in an A4 format and an alternative A3 format, both of which you can download and print.

Reviewed and reissued with amendments August 2012. First published October 2005. 

Page last modified: 20 December 2013