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Operational Qualification (OQ) provides documented evidence that the sterilizer operates in accordance with design specifications.
The OQ validation examines the autoclave’s ability to run the sterilization process correctly and to respond appropriately to error conditions, assuring that the sterilizer performs as intended.
Objective of this test is to ensure that the vacuum pulses applied the sterilization hold period are sufficient to remove the entrapped air so as to facilitate rapid and even steam penetration into all parts of the load and maintaining these conditions for the specified temperature holding time (17 minutes at 121 deg.
IQ involves a procedural review of the autoclave, including installation and availability of supporting services (essential utilities like steam, water, and electricity).
The IQ process revolves around documentation of all these working parts of the autoclave.
These Maximum Registering Autoclave Thermometers are a simple and inexpensive method for autoclave validation.
Most labs require some level of validation for autoclaves.