Community-based physicians who identify that they reprocess reusable semi-critical and/or critical medical devices in their practice setting will be required to participate in Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA). This initiative applies to all active physicians who practise in a community-based setting whether solo, multi-physician clinic, as well as long-term and short-term locums. The goal is to assess at some point during their career every community-based physician practising in British Columbia that reprocesses semi-critical and/or critical reusable medical devices.
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.
There are two types of assessments:
- remote assessment
- on-site assessment
Physicians, and the physician office, will be asked to participate in one or both types of assessments.
Determination of assessment type will be based on factors such as the method of reprocessing used (soaking and/or steam sterilization), number of office-based procedures performed in the office and the number of physicians practising in the office.