Just in – Endoscope reprocessing guidelines, updates:

A listing of a number of infection control guidelines that focus on instrument reprocessing:

ANSI/AAMI Guidelines:

APIC Guidelines:

  • “APIC guideline for infection prevention and control in flexible endoscopy, 2000.”

ASGE Guidelines:

  1. Guidelines for safety in the gastrointestinal endoscopy unit, 2014.”
  2. Multi-society guideline on reprocessing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes” — 2011.
  3. Multi-society guideline for reprocessing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes” — 2003.

CDC Guidelines:

  1. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008.”
  2. Management of multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings, 2006.”
  3. 2007 Guideline for isolation precautions: Preventing transmission of infectious agents in healthcare settings.”

FDA, CDC, and VA safety communication (2009): 

  1. Preventing cross-contamination in endoscope processing. Safety communication from FDA, CDC, and the VA.” Issued: November 19, 2009.

SGNA Guidelines:

  1. Standard of Infection Prevention in the Gastroenterology Setting” — 2015.
  2. Standards of Infection Prevention in Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes” — 2015.
  3. Standards of infection control in reprocessing of flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes” — 2012.
  4. Guideline for Use of High Level Disinfectants & Sterilants for Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes” — 2013.
  5. Water and irrigation bottles used during endoscopy” — 2014.
  6. Guidelines for Documentation in the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Setting” — 2013.


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2.  The Importance of Bronchoscope Reprocessing Guidelines: Raising the Standard of Care. [Muscarella LF. Chest 2004;126;1001-1003.]  (Click here)

3.  Evidence-based Guidelines for Best Practice in Health Care Transrectal Ultrasound Guided Biopsy of the Prostate. The European Association of Urology Nurses. March, 2011. (Click here)

Posted 4-14-2013; updated 03-07-2017. This page is subject to significant revision and the addition of germane guidelines.

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