The conference was introduced by the chair of the club, Val O’Brien with the news that next year’s conference dates had already been set and that it would be in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 30th to the 31st March 2020. As part of her opening address she relayed some interesting facts about Manchester although given the that it was April fool’s day, some delegates seemed unsure as to which facts were true and which were made up. But indeed, it is true that William Cowherd from Salford near Manchester is credited with first advocating the theory of vegetarianism in the UK!
Wayne Spencer reported on a study with process challenge devices (PCDs). Four detergents were tested in four machines straight from the factory. First, Edinburgh Test Soil as per ISO 15883-5 was used, combined with a commercially available swabbing method, in each case with a full and half-full load. Spencer explained that the Edinburgh Test Soil
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) held its annual conference April 27 – May 1, 2019 in Anaheim, California. A record-breaking total of 1,540 Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) professionals attended the five-day event. The conference theme was “A Fresh Perspective” and attendees were provided with information to enhance existing skills, develop new skills and network with the goal of developing a fresh perspective on the field of sterile processing.
IDSc Conference, 27 – 29 November 2017 in Blackpool
Like every year at the end of autumn, the members of the Institute of Decontamination Sciences met for their annual
conference in Blackpool. This year, however, the event was special, because the IDSc celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Annual Conference of the Infection Prevention Society, Manchester, England, 18 – 20 September 2017 The British Infection Prevention Society held its jubilee conference in Manchester. The delegates were able to choose from a varied block of topics in accordance with their professional background and level of knowledge. For example, there were special sessions on domiciliary care and for dentistry personnel, and as always also talks aimed at those who were “New to Infection Prevention”.
18th World Sterilization Congress in Bonn, Germany organized by the DGSV and the World Federation WFHSS
The 2nd annual Infection Control, Sterilization & Decontamination in Healthcare Congress was held on 21 and 22 March in London with some 150 delegates in attendance. Graham Stanton spoke about the new English HTM guidance. He said the CFPP document title was causing confusion and needed changing. When discussing protein detection, he said that traditional methods of detection were not sensitive enough. Referring to the TSE guidance and in particular Part 4, he stated that para's C3 and C4 were the driver for change. He also stated that the protein level should not be seen as absolute and that continuous improvement is required.