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Automatic Control Test Stopwatch

For performing the Automatic Control Test manually.
Supplied as a stopwatch with a single line display.

Isopharm recommend that if your machine has a printer or data logger attached you don’t need to complete manual Automatic Control Test daily, however we advise you give reference to the automatically acquired data by retrospectively completing the Automatic Control Test table in the logbook, once a week using the data from the first cycle of each day. For the purposes of audit, this shows you are monitoring and paying attention to the automatically acquired data.

For the purposes of Quarterly or Annual engineer validation this test should be completed manually via the engineer.

Scroll down for further information on product features, how to use the item in accordance to HTM 01-05 and what may cause a fail in the test

Product Code Description Pack Size 1 2+ Quantity
STOPW001
Standard Digital Stopwatch
Each 1
£11.60
£9.80

Automatic Control Test Stopwatch

A single line display stopwatch for use within the Automatic Control Test for ultrasonic cleaners, washer disnfectors and sterilisers.

HTM 01-05 Testing Ultrasonic Cleaners

How this product helps you comply with HTM 01-05 (2013 Edition)
  • HTM 01-05 states that for a Steriliser the Automatic Control Test should be completed Daily, Weekly, Quarterly and Annually. (HTM 01-05 2013 edition. Section 12.5)
  • HTM 01-05 states that for a Washer Disinfector and an Ultrasonic Bath the Automatic Control Test should be completed Quarterly and Annually. (HTM 01-05 2013 edition. Section 13.3 Washer Disinfector. Section 14.3 Ultrasonic Cleaners)
Document Specific Title Reference Periodic Testing
D W Q Y
HTM 01-05 Automatic Control Test 15.3
   
CP(D)
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CP(D)
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D=Day | W=Weekly | Q=Quarterly | Y=Yearly | CP(D)=Competent Person (Decontamination) | ENG=Engineer

 

HTM 01-05 Testing Washer Disinfectors

Document Specific Title Reference Periodic Testing
D W Q Y
HTM 01-05 Automatic Control Test 15.3
   
CP(D)
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ENG

CP(D)
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ENG
D=Day | W=Weekly | Q=Quarterly | Y=Yearly | CP(D)=Competent Person (Decontamination) | ENG=Engineer

 

HTM 01-05 Testing Benchtop Sterilisers (All Types)

Document Specific Title Reference Periodic Testing
D W Q Y
HTM 01-05 Automatic Control Test 15.3

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USER

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CP(D)
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D=Day | W=Weekly | Q=Quarterly | Y=Yearly | CP(D)=Competent Person (Decontamination) | ENG=Engineer

HTM 01-05 Steriliser Automatic Control Test Manual Method Using a Stopwatch

1. To perform the test manually, start a routine cycle.

Make sure that the door locking mechanism is initiated.

2. Be ready with your stopwatch. You will need to time the length of the sterilisation holding time. This will be indicated by your steriliser.

When the sterilisation cycle starts begin your stopwatch.

3. During the sterilisation holding time, record the minimum and maximum temperatures, and the pressure displayed.

4. As with the start of the sterilisation holding time, your steriliser will also inform you when this has completed. When the holding time has elapsed, stop your stopwatch.

In order to pass the test the holding time must have been for a minimum of 3 minutes between a temperature of 134°C and 137°C.

The display must also provide an indication of 'Cycle Complete'.

4. You will need to record in the steriliser log book the cycle number, the length of the holding time, the minimum and maximum temperatures and pressure noted during that period. A record of who carried out the test is also required.

Reasons Why the Test May Fail

Should the test fail a re-test should be performed. If the test fails a second time, a diagnosis of the sterilisation process is required.

The compliance team at Isopharm is also available to discuss the test and test method.

Possible fail reasons for the Automatic Control Test are:

Diagnosing the Process

Every machine in the decontamination process has what is known as an 'automatic controller'.

The automatic controller progresses each stage of the cycle, from locking the door at cycle start, raising the temperature for the time required, to indicating a cycle complete message to the User. The automatic controller determines and initiates every aspect of the process.

During the quarterly and annual validation, an engineer will check the automatic controller, adjusting or calibrating as required.

If the machine fails a routine automatic control test by the User, this is likely due to a fault with the automatic controller.

This is not something that can be rectified by the User.

If a machine continuously fails this test then it should be removed from the decontamination process and an engineer contacted.