Infection prevention and control standards consultation survey

 
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Introduction

Draft infection prevention and control (IPC) standards for health and social care settings consultation survey


Healthcare Improvement Scotland is currently developing IPC standards for health and social care settings.  A key element of our standards development process is public and staff consultation and we would like to hear your views and comments.

We would particularly appreciate your comments on the following aspects of the IPC standards:
  • Standard statements
  • Rationales
  • Criteria
To help you complete this survey, we have included text from all the standard statements, rationales and criteria throughout.

The consultation will close on 7 December 2021, and all comments submitted will be anonymised. A consultation report will be available when the final IPC standards are published in spring 2022.

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Should you have any questions regarding the draft standards or the consultation, including requests for a Word copy of the survey, please contact:
Rebecca McGuire
Project Officer
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
his.standardsandindicators@nhs.scot
 

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Standard 1: Leadership and Governance

Standard statement

The organisation demonstrates effective leadership and governance in IPC.

Rationale

Leadership in IPC underpins an organisation’s commitment to, approach and activities to reduce the risk of infection. Effective governance provides assurances that organisations have robust IPC measures in place. These measures include risk and adverse event management, escalation procedures and data monitoring and response. Governance arrangements should adhere to the organisation’s statutory Duty of Candour responsibilities.

A transparent IPC assurance and accountability framework with clearly defined roles and responsibilities is required to support strategic and operational decision making. It is important that staff are aware of their organisation’s accountability and reporting structures, including which teams to seek IPC leadership and expertise from.

All staff working in health and social care have a responsibility to apply IPC measures. Effective IPC requires a strategic and coordinated approach and consistent action at all levels within an organisation. This is underpinned by high quality role-specific education and training.

Assessment, monitoring and assurance of IPC is fundamental to reducing the risk of infection. Organisational commitment to a culture of quality improvement encourages teams to continuously assess their performance, identify areas for improvement and measure the results to achieve and maintain improvements.
 

1. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

2. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 1.1 Appropriate and responsive governance and accountability mechanisms are in place.

(a) NHS boards have:
  • an executive lead with accountability for IPC and responsibility for overseeing and providing assurances on IPC within their NHS board area
  • an IPC manager with responsibility for leading local IPC teams and reporting IPC issues to the executive lead, and
  • local IPC teams with the necessary expertise, leadership skills and resource to support the NHS board area.
(b) Social care organisations have:
  • a registered service provider with accountability and responsibility for the overall management of IPC within the organisation
  • an appropriately trained lead person to coordinate IPC within the organisation, and
  • access to appropriate health and social care teams for IPC expertise, advice and support.
Criterion 1.2 The organisation has an IPC assurance and accountability framework which specifies, at a minimum:
  • defined roles and responsibilities
  • quality monitoring and assurance arrangements
  • reporting and escalation structures, and
  • an IPC risk management strategy with clear lines of responsibility.
Criterion 1.3 The organisation has clear systems in place to ensure that it takes a strategic and coordinated approach to IPC. This includes, at a minimum:
  • compliance with IPC policies, procedures, guidance and standards
  • access to specialist IPC advice, guidance and support
  • implementation of staff induction, role-specific education and training programmes
  • ongoing and consistent data assurance and monitoring with improvement plans
  • prompt identification of people who are colonised or are at risk of developing an infection
  • accountability and responsibility arrangements for reporting adverse events, in line with the national adverse events framework
  • adherence to Duty of Candour regulations and responsibilities, and
  • continuous engagement with staff and people that use services and their representatives to capture feedback and inform service improvements.
Criterion 1.4 There are well-defined and locally agreed processes to enable:
  • an effective multidisciplinary and multi-agency approach to IPC
  • cross-organisational support including access to specialist advice when indicated
  • compliance with mandatory HAI reporting
  • staff to implement, monitor and improve their compliance with IPC policies, procedures, guidance and standards
  • accurate and prompt communications and information exchange, following consent (where applicable) from the individual and within, and between services and settings, and
  • communication and engagement with people that use services, staff, visitors and the public on matters related to IPC, including reducing specific risks.
Criterion 1.5 The organisation demonstrates effective management of outbreaks, including:
  • preparedness
  • assessment of a person’s care and safety
  • reporting, and
  • remedial improvement plans.
Criterion 1.6 The organisation communicates and engages with the public on matters related to IPC, including information on reducing specific infection-related risks.

Criterion 1.7 The organisation uses information, data and learning from a variety of internal and external sources to support good practice and continuous quality improvement in IPC.
 

3. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

4. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

5. Do you have any other comments about standard 1 – Leadership and governance?

 
 
Standard 2 Education and Training

Standard statement

Staff are supported to undertake IPC education and training, appropriate to role, responsibilities and workplace setting, to enable them to minimise infection risks in care settings.

Rationale

All staff play a vital role in minimising the risk and spread of infection in health and social care settings. High quality IPC education and accessible training enables staff to develop and maintain their knowledge, skills and competencies in delivering safe, effective and person-centred care. Access to role-specific resources is available to staff, as required, to support staff to further develop in areas essential to their role and responsibilities.

Organisational promotion of positive working and learning environments supports staff to continuously develop and improve their IPC knowledge and skills as part of their role. This includes evaluation of the effectiveness of the education and training programme and assessment of staff knowledge and competence, including how knowledge and skills are embedded into everyday practice.

Empowerment of staff to act autonomously, confidently and skillfully within their professional and organisational codes, with opportunities to feed back on their experiences, underpins high quality health and social care.

6. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

7. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 2.1 The organisation implements a comprehensive IPC education and training programme, in line with role, responsibilities and workplace setting, which includes:
  • mandatory staff induction and training
  • information on current IPC policies, procedures and guidance in line with and including the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual
  • assessment of staff education and training requirements
  • tailored education and training, for example, infection-specific management and insertion and maintenance of invasive devices, where required
  • allocation of appropriate time and resources for staff to access and undertake relevant IPC education and training
  • learning and sharing of IPC best practice across settings and sectors
  • application of quality improvement methodology for IPC
  • evaluation of the provision, uptake and effectiveness of IPC training, including providing staff with opportunities to feedback.

Criterion 2.2 The organisation has a training plan in place to ensure that staff, in line with role, responsibility and workplace setting:
  • are supported to maintain role appropriate levels of skill, knowledge and competency in IPC, and
  • have access to continuous professional development in IPC.

Criterion 2.3 Staff have access to clear guidance and support:
  • on their role and responsibilities in relation to IPC
  • to identify and address their own ongoing continuous professional development, education and training needs
  • on career frameworks and development opportunities in IPC, where relevant, and
  • on infection-specific management, including outbreak management.

Criterion 2.4 Organisations use local and national IPC-related data and information to:
  • evaluate staff knowledge, skills and competency in IPC
  • identify areas for improvement in relation to staff IPC practice, and
  • improve staff IPC practice through further provision of education and training.

8. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

9. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

10. Do you have any comments about standard 2 – Education and training?

 
Standard 3 Communication

Standard statement 

The organisation implements robust communication systems and processes to enable person-centred decision making, continuity of care and effective IPC throughout a person’s care experience.

Rationale

Effective communication underpins safe, effective and person-centred care. People receiving health and social care are vulnerable to contracting infections and some present an infection risk to others, including staff and visitors. A person’s care experience can involve multiple services and settings which can increase infection risks. Robust communications within and between health and social care providers and with the person receiving care, and their representative where appropriate, is fundamental to effective IPC and continuity of care. 

Communication of high quality, accessible and timely information regarding IPC supports informed choice, person-centred decision making and encourages people and their representatives to have meaningful discussions about their care which can enhance their care experience. 

11. Do you agree broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

12. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 3.1 All IPC-related communications with people, and/or their representatives where appropriate, are documented in the person’s care record and used to inform their plan of care.

Criterion 3.2 Staff are provided with clear, timely and responsive information and guidance on IPC to enable them to provide safe and effective care.

Criterion 3.3 Staff communicate with IPC and Health Protection Teams (HPT) as appropriate, including:
  • when information and specialist advice for people receiving care is required
  • when there is a known or suspected outbreak or incident, and
  • throughout the outbreak management process.

Criterion 3.4 Staff communicate and work collaboratively within, and between, health and social care settings in line with relevant governance arrangements and with consent, where applicable, to:
  • support continuity of care, and
  • minimise harm associated with infection, including when people are transferred between services.

Criterion 3.5 People who are at risk of developing an infection, and/or their representatives where appropriate, are provided with high quality and timely communication and information in a format that is right for them. This supports people to:
  • understand the impact, consequences and risks of having an infection
  • implement IPC precautions, where appropriate
  • understand what actions they can take to minimise the risk of developing an infection
  • understand what action the organisation is taking to minimise infection risks, and
  • make informed decisions and ask questions about their care.

Criterion 3.6 People that have developed an infection, and/or their representatives where appropriate, are:
  • promptly notified of their infection in a timely manner
  • provided with information, in a format that is right for them, and provided with support on IPC-related care issues and procedures
  • informed about any impact their infection may have on their care
  • given accessible and relevant information about minimising the infection risk to others, and
  • provided with opportunities to ask questions about their care.

Criterion 3.7 Where there is an IPC-related adverse event, the person, and/or their representatives where appropriate, are informed about this in line with organisational Duty of Candour

Criterion 3.8 There is continuous quality improvement of all IPC-related communication systems and processes. This includes:
  • monitoring the effectiveness of communications, and
  • evaluating and using feedback from people receiving care and/or their representative.

13. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

14. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

15. Do you have any other comments about standard 3 - Communication?

 
Standard 4 Assurance, monitoring and response

Standard statement

The organisation uses robust assurance and monitoring systems to ensure there is a coordinated and rapid response to reduce the risk of infections and to drive continuous quality improvement in IPC.

Rationale

Infection risks can be continually monitored and reduced and people’s outcomes can be improved when organisations:
  • systematically collect, monitor, analyse and interpret data on an ongoing basis, and
  • act on the findings appropriately.

It is important that organisations understand the risk factors associated with the different groups of people they care for and support to ensure that this response is appropriate to an individual’s needs. Organisations can drive continuous quality improvement and reduce infection risks using monitoring results to:
  • inform and reinforce staff practice, for example, clinical, care and support service staff
  • analyse the effectiveness of responses
  • monitor trends and identify areas for target improvement
  • review the impact that responses and interventions have on reducing infections
  • share learning across the organisation and with partners, and
  • report and communicate infection rates to the public.

16. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

17. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 4.1 The organisation has robust assurance and monitoring systems and processes in place, with appropriate triggers:
  • to carry out mandatory national and local surveillance of infections and alert organisms, in line with national guidance
  • that enable access to multidisciplinary support from professionals and teams with specialist IPC knowledge and expertise, where required
  • that enable prompt detection, response and ongoing monitoring of any variance from normal local infection limits, including incidents and outbreaks, in line with national guidance
  • to respond to all infection-related incidents and outbreaks, in line with the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual, and
  • to help identify and plan areas for focused learning and improvement.

Criterion 4.2 The organisation reviews and evaluates assurance and monitoring activity to ensure that:
  • information from assurance and monitoring systems is used to help reduce infection risks, and
  • appropriate action is taken, where required, to further reduce infection risks.

Criterion 4.3 Assurance and monitoring information and interpreted data is communicated, in an accessible format, to:
  • relevant health and social care teams, and
  • people in receipt of care, and/or their representatives and visitors, as appropriate.

Criterion 4.4 Staff that use assurance and monitoring systems:
  • undertake relevant and up-to-date training on the organisations system, and
  • have their training needs assessed, in line with career and development frameworks, appropriate to their role, responsibilities and workplace setting.

Criterion 4.5 NHS boards report performance against local and national measures:
  • through internal reporting structures
  • to external stakeholders, for example ARHAI Scotland, and
  • publically at board meetings.

Criterion 4.6 NHS boards review and report assurance and monitoring system data, including new, emerging and re-emerging infection-related risks.

18. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

19. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

20. Do you have any comments about standard 4 - Assurance, monitoring and response?

 
Standard 5 Optimising antimicrobial use

Standard statement

The organisation demonstrates reliable systems and processes for antimicrobial stewardship to support optimal antimicrobial use.

Rationale

Antimicrobial resistance is a significant threat to public health. Overuse and misuse of antimicrobials drives the development of drug resistant pathogens. An organisational approach to optimising antimicrobial use, in the form of a coordinated antimicrobial stewardship programme, ensures that antimicrobial use is safe, clinically-effective and person-centred.

21. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

22. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 5.1 All organisations can access appropriate antimicrobial expertise.

(a) NHS boards have a core multi-professional Antimicrobial Management Team, with defined roles and responsibilities, for the oversight and coordination of all aspects of antimicrobial use within the board.

(b) Social care organisations access antimicrobial expertise through the local NHS boards to ensure that there is optimal antimicrobial use for people receiving care.

Criterion 5.2 All organisations support optimal antimicrobial use.

(a) NHS boards implement and evaluate a planned programme of education for optimising antimicrobial use. The programme is provided to all staff involved in the prescribing, supply and administering of antimicrobials.

(b) Social care organisations support optimal antimicrobial use through:
  • promoting awareness to all staff involved in prescribing, supplying and administering antimicrobials, and
  • enabling all staff involved in prescribing, supplying and administering antimicrobials to access education and training.

Criterion 5.3 NHS boards support optimal use of antimicrobials by ensuring that:
  • local antimicrobial policies are produced and updated, at least every three years, or when indicated, in line with current national policy, guidance and best practice
  • local antimicrobial policies and guidance are accessible to all health and social care staff, and
  • staff who prescribe, supply, and administer antimicrobials are alerted to any changes in antimicrobial practice policy and guidance.

Criterion 5.4 NHS boards, through the Antimicrobial Management Team, maintain an annual programme for antimicrobial stewardship. This programme includes:
  • monitoring data, including all adverse events relating to antimicrobial use
  • providing feedback on prescribing practice to clinical teams
  • targeted quality improvement interventions to address poor clinical practice in the use of antimicrobials, and
  • reporting of findings, including risk assessments with improvement plans where appropriate, through internal governance structures.

Criterion 5.5 To ensure that the NHS board optimises its antimicrobial use through a quality improvement approach, the Antimicrobial Management Team:
  • works in partnership with health and social care services to deliver the local antimicrobial stewardship work plan
  • participates in the implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship programme of education for optimising antimicrobial use
  • reviews antimicrobial prescribing and resistance data in line with the annual programme for local surveillance of antimicrobial use
  • feeds back the main findings of the review to clinical and management teams, and
  • responds to data which indicate poor antimicrobial stewardship with targeted improvement interventions.

23. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

24. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

25. Do you have any other comments about standard 5 - Optimising antimicrobial use?

 
Standard 6 Infection prevention and control policies, procedures and guidance

Standard statement

The organisation uses evidence-based IPC policies, procedures and guidance.

Rationale

Implementation of evidence-based IPC policies, procedures and guidance can help reduce the risk of infection and ensure the safety of people receiving care, staff and visitors. A consistent and evidence-based approach to IPC:
  • enables staff to apply effective standard and transmission-based precautions
  • can reduce unwarranted variation by reinforcing robust IPC practice, and
  • helps to align IPC practice, monitoring quality assurance and quality improvement.

26. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

27. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 6.1 The organisation ensures that the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual appropriate for the specific care setting, is adopted, implemented and accessible for all staff.

Criterion 6.2 The organisation has, and implements, an annual IPC work programme in line with national requirements and the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual.

Criterion 6.3 The organisation has systems and processes in place to ensure that:
  • staff are alerted to any changes in IPC policy, procedures and guidance that may impact practice, including the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual
  • risk assessments, with mitigating actions, are put in place when staff are unable to adopt and implement the National Infection Prevention and Control Manual
  • audit data and information, including risks, are fed back to staff, leadership teams, the executive team and registered services, as appropriate
  • when an audit programme is not undertaken within the agreed timescales, the risks are discussed, agreed and recorded through internal governance structures
  • an improvement plan with clearly defined responsibilities and evidence of review is developed in response to audit data
  • data and themes emerging from audit is used to inform staff education and training and drive improvement in IPC practice, and
  • there is access to appropriate specialist clinical advice for IPC and the diagnosis, treatment and management of infections.

28. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

29. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

30. Do you have any other comments about standard 6 – Infection prevention and control policies, procedures and guidance?

 
Standard 7 Decontamination of reusable medical devices and care equipment

Standard statement

The organisation ensures that reusable medical devices and care equipment are cleaned, maintained and safe for use.

Rationale

The effective decontamination of reusable medical devices and care equipment is essential to minimise the risk transmission of infectious agents between people.

Organisations must demonstrate ongoing compliance with statutory legislation and implement national guidance and technical requirements to ensure that all reusable medical devices and care equipment are clean, maintained, free from damage and safe for use.
 

31. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

32. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 7.1 The organisation has a nominated person with overall responsibility for the decontamination of reusable medical devices and care equipment in line with national guidance.

Criterion 7.2 The organisation has, and implements decontamination policies and procedures in line with current:
  • statutory legislation, and
  • national guidance.

Criterion 7.3 The organisation has effective decontamination systems and processes in place to ensure that:
  • all reusable medical devices and care equipment is clean, maintained and safe for users at the point of use, to minimise the risk of cross-infection
  • all reusable medical devices and care equipment are stored, installed, serviced, maintained, repaired, decommissioned and appropriately disposed in line with manufacturer’s instructions, where relevant
  • decontamination of medical devices and care equipment is carried out in line with manufacturer’s instructions and current national guidance, where relevant
  • reporting and escalation of any cleanliness and maintenance issues are routinely undertaken, including evidence that issues have been addressed
  • there is specialist input and guidance where decontamination issues are identified, or existing activity does not meet requirements
  • safety notices for reusable medical devices and care equipment are responded to
  • there is accurate record keeping and documentation, where relevant, and
  • feedback from people receiving care, staff and visitors is sought on the cleanliness of reusable medical devices and care equipment and acted upon, where appropriate.

Criterion 7.4 The organisation carries out regular audit to inform risk assessment, with mitigating actions, where any part of the decontamination process cannot, or has not been followed.

Criterion 7.5 Where there is an adverse event associated with the decontamination of reusable medical devices and care equipment, the organisation:
  • uses the HIIAT tool, where appropriate
  • reviews decontamination processes during and following the adverse event or near miss in line with the national adverse events framework, and
  • reports to the Incident Reporting Investigation Centre (IRIC) and external agencies, where appropriate.

33. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

34. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

35. Do you have any other comments about standard 7 - Decontamination of reusable medical devices and care equipment?

 
 
Standard 8 The built environment

Standard statement

The organisation ensures that infection risks associated with the health and care built environment are minimised.

Rationale

The health and care built environment, the environment, can play a significant role in the transmission of infection. It is important that infection risks associated with the environment, for example water and ventilation systems, are minimised and managed through a coordinated and multidisciplinary approach. Organisational compliance with legislation, regulations and guidance, for example, HAI-SCRIBE and Scottish Health Technical Memoranda (SHTM), underpins this approach. High standards of environmental cleanliness, IPC practice and ongoing maintenance of the environment can minimise the risk of the transmission of infection. It is essential that the organisation provides a clean, well maintained and safe environment.
 

36. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

37. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 8.1 The organisation has, and fully implements, current policies and procedures to minimise the risk of infection across all areas of the environment in line with:
  • statutory legislation and regulations, and
  • national guidance including SHTM and HAI-SCRIBE

Criterion 8.2 There are clear and agreed channels of communication and prompt information exchange across all relevant teams and settings to enable early assessment of potential and existing IPC risks associated with the environment.

Criterion 8.3 The organisation ensures that IPC risks associated with construction, renovation, maintenance and repair of the environment are minimised by demonstrating that:
  • building, refurbishment and maintenance work is planned, appropriately risk assessed, authorised, documented and carried out in ways that minimise infections risks and disruption to staff, people receiving care and visitors
  • risks and issues are identified and communicated at the planning stage of building, refurbishment and maintenance work. A formal risk assessment with mitigation is put in place and acted on appropriately with key staff and teams involved at relevant stages
  • there is regular monitoring and audit of maintenance and repair services to ensure that this is carried out in line with an agreed schedule
  • there is robust reporting, with follow up where the environment cannot be accessed, for maintenance or repair, including associated documented decision making and derogations
  • there is robust reporting, escalation, follow up action, sign off and documentation of any IPC-related issues associated with the environment, and
  • records and reports relating to maintenance, repair and refurbishment of the environment are accessible and regularly updated and reviewed.

Criterion 8.4 The organisation ensures that the environment is safe and clean by demonstrating that:
  • environmental cleanliness is in line with the National Cleaning Services Specification
  • there is robust monitoring and audit of cleaning including an escalation plan, where required
  • there is robust reporting, including decision making, with appropriate follow up where the environment cannot be accessed for cleaning
  • records and reports relating to the cleanliness of the environment are accessible and regularly updated and reviewed, and
  • there is active engagement with people receiving care, staff and visitors for feedback on the cleanliness of the environment with an improvement plan, as appropriate.

Criterion 8.5 Staff have access to information, specialist guidance and support to minimise infection risks associated with the environment. This ensures that staff are clear on their roles and responsibilities when:
  • IPC risks and issues are identified in the environment
  • additional cleaning activity is identified as necessary
  • there is planned refurbishment or maintenance work in the environment
  • there is emergency building or repair work to be undertaken
  • known or suspected outbreaks and incidents relating to the environment are identified
  • there is an alteration in the function or purpose of an area
  • there is a change of use to an area, and
  • the area cannot be accessed.

Criterion 8.6 Learning from incidents, outbreaks and building and maintenance projects is shared throughout the organisation and across sectors to support continuous quality improvement in IPC.

38. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

39. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

40. Do you have any other comments about standard 8 – The built environment?

 
Standard 9 Equipment

Standard statement

Equipment acquired for use in the health and care environment can be effectively decontaminated to minimise any infection risks.

Rationale

Equipment (which includes reusable medical devices) for use in the health and care environment relates to all equipment that is:
  • procured
  • donated
  • loaned
  • manufactured in-house, and
  • used within a trial or for research purposes.

Infection risks to people receiving care, staff and visitors can be minimised when equipment is effectively decontaminated in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

41. Do you broadly agree with the standard statement and rationale?

 

42. Do you have any comments about the standard statement and rationale?

 
Criteria

Criterion 9.1 The organisation has, and implements, policies and procedures for acquiring equipment in line with current:
  • statutory legislation and regulations, and
  • national guidance.

Criterion 9.2 There is IPC expertise and multidisciplinary involvement in the acquisition process. This includes the acquisition of new equipment, and prior to procurement.

Criterion 9.3 The organisation has systems and processes in place to ensure that:
  • all acquired equipment is compatible with national guidance
  • all acquired equipment that cannot be effectively decontaminated is removed from use, and
  • feedback is provided to relevant teams on equipment that cannot be effectively decontaminated to support continuous quality improvement.

Criterion 9.4 All adverse events associated with equipment:
  • are reported through the organisations local adverse event system
  • are reported to IRIC, where required, and
  • are managed in line with the organisation’s adverse event policy and the national adverse events framework.

43. Do you broadly agree with the criteria?

 

44. Do you have any comments about the criteria?

 

45. Do you have any other comments about standard 9 – Equipment?

 

46. What would support you and your organisation to implement the IPC standards?

 

47. If you have any other comments about the standards, or any other feedback you would like to share with the IPC standards development group, please include it here.