Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments

Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA) is a College initiative to support, educate and assess community-based physicians on the reprocessing of their semi-critical and/or critical reusable medical devices. This quality assurance activity applies to physicians who practise in a community-based office setting whether in a solo office or multi-physician clinic, as well as long-term and short-term locums. This program is based on the requirements of the Ministry of Health Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization for Critical and Semi-Critical Medical Devices (2011)Note: POMDRA does not apply to clinical offices or outpatient clinics affiliated with a health authority or hospital; these bodies have their own process for evaluation. 

Critical itemsSemi-critical items
Includes devices that puncture the skin or mucous membrane, enter the vascular system or sterile cavity, or through which sterile fluids run. Examples include surgical instruments, suture scissors, forceps, biopsy forceps or biopsy equipment associated with endoscopy equipment, all implantable and intravascular devices.

Includes devices that contact intact mucous membranes or non-intact skin. Examples include respiratory therapy equipment, laryngoscope blades, flexible endoscopes, vaginal specula and ultrasound probes, nasal specula, pessaries and diaphragm fitting rings.