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CSC News Bulletin – February/March 2023

Happy February well early March by the time you receive this!

Here is your monthly dose of what CSC has been pondering and exploring.

Please feel free to forward this along to colleagues who may not have heard about us yet!

What we’ve been doing

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ASM 2023 decontamination under the microscope

This month’s activity has focused on preparations for the 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting, our first educational event of the year. This two day event promises to provide thought provoking sessions and a lively debate around key challenges in the decontamination of medical devices world. Read the March issue of the CSJ to get a great overview of the topics being discussed.

In the January bulletin, Corporate member speaking slots were closed as all places had been booked. Unfortunately one of the speakers has opted out and therefore we have 1 slot available. If you are interested or know of someone that might be, then please contact our treasurer Mike Bowden by sending an email to [email protected]

There is still time to BOOK your place If you haven’t already. We will be closing the bookings on the 26th March so be sure to get in before then and remember if it’s too far to travel why not join the live stream?

If you didn’t get a chance to go to the Autumn study in October 2022 with the theme ‘Is Decontamination Sustainable’ then you may be interested in purchasing the recordings from the day which you can do by clicking this link

What we’re listening to

DeconVersations podcast has a number of interesting conversations to be listened to. It’s great to see the passion and desire to share knowledge and help people in this field develop their understanding and skills. Although this podcast “Trevor Garcia talks about education and the plans for the future workforce”  was recorded in July 2021 it remains as relevant today as it was then.

If you have any recommendations for a good listen please share with us. Send your podcast suggestions to [email protected]

What we’re reading

Deasy EC, Scott TA, Swan JS, O’Donnell MJ, Coleman DC

Effective cleaning and decontamination of the internal air and water channels, heads and head-gears of multiple contra-angle dental handpieces using an enzymatic detergent and automated washer-disinfection in a dental hospital setting.

J Hosp Infect. 2022 Oct; 128: 80-88

Smith A, Bancroft R, Ingle D, Kirk B, McDonnell G, Smith S

Misinterpretation of medical device cleaning standards.

J Hosp Infect. March 06, 2023;

David C Coleman, Emily C Deasy, James S Swan, Mary J O’Donnell, Tracy A Scott

Direct evidence for effective cleaning and decontamination of the internal air and water channels, heads and head gears of multiple contra-angle dental handpieces using enzymatic detergent and automated washer-disinfection in a dental hospital setting.

J Hosp Infect. March 09, 2023

The Kilmer Regulatory Innovation Team article “ Microbiologically Controlled Products: Regulatory Management of Postapproval Changes” which helps to clarify words and terminology around regulatory requirements and microbiological quality. This is part of their publication “Words Matter: A Commentary and Glossary of Definitions for Microbiological Quality”

What quote we’re pondering

“Believing it can be, even though it isn’t, so it can be.”

– Emmanuell Acho; “Illogical” ISBN-13 978-1250836441

An example of this is that Richard Bannister believed he could run a mile under 4 minutes where no one had done it before. After he did it others followed…

Where are our beliefs limiting potential developments and improvements in the decontamination world?

What other events are upcoming

BeyondClean UK – Online event 31st March 2023

DECON UK 2023 – Hilton Birmingham Metropole, 18th April 2023

Infection Prevention and Control 2023 – National Conference Centre, Birmingham, 25th -26th April 2023

IHEEM 2023 Wales Regional Conference “Confronting the Estates Challenges of the Future”– Cardiff City Stadium, 11th – 12th May 2023

British Infection Association, Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, 16th – 17th May 2023

Federation of Sterilizing research and Advisory Councils of Australia (FSRACA) National Conference, Centrepiece at Melbourne Par, Victoria Australia, 9th – 11th August 2023

WFHSS Congress 2023, Brussels, 17th-20th October 2023

Thank you to IHEEM ( and Health Estate Journal (HEJ) (Jonathan Bailey) for supporting the club with their write up of our events and to the HEJ’s sister publication “The Clinical Services Journal” (Louise Frampton) (  for picking up the clinically led articles.

Thank You to all our Members for your continued support. Without you this club would not be as successful and thriving as it is. We always welcome more members so please feel free to share our News and help us spread the love.

We welcome any suggestions for content and any questions you would like answering that would aid continuous education – please let Becky have your ideas via email at [email protected]

Remember to BOOK your tickets for the Annual Scientific Meeting before the 26th of March when bookings will be closing. We look forward to seeing you all in April.

Have a wonderful month.

The CSC Committee

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