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Device Life-Cycle Testing (Repeat Sterilization Cycles)

Device Life-Cycle Testing (Repeat Sterilization Cycles)

Device life cycle testing determines the functional life of any reusable medical device or tray.  The results can establish if or when the medical device exceeds its use-life.  The device is exposed repeatedly to the reprocessing procedures it would incur at a health care facility.  By executing this test, the manufacturer will have validated how many times a device can be reprocessed and still remain functional. 

The testing is performed in compliance with recommendations from AAMI TIR12 and AAMI TIR30. Nelson Laboratories has the equipment and qualified personnel to provide testing on all reusable medical devices.  Nelson Laboratories also has the expertise to deliver individualized consultation which makes us the clear choice to perform this analysis. 

Applicable Standards

  • ISO 11134
  • ISO 17665

Test Options

Standard turn around times (TAT) are listed below. Ask an expert for a specific consultation on your product.

Code Test TAT (days) Request Quote
RSC110 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Steam Add
RSC120 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Ethylene Oxide, 100% EO Add
RSC125 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): EO, 100% (hospital) Add
RSC130 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Chemical Immersion Add
RSC140 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Pasteurization Add
RSC150 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Manual Cleanings Add
RSC160 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): STERRAD100S Add
RSC165 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): STERRAD NX (hospital) Add
RSC180 Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Automatic Washer/Disinfector Add
RSC210 Repeat Reuse Cycles: Steam Sterilization and Cleaning Add
RSC220 Repeat Reuse Cycles: EO Sterilization and Cleaning Add
RSC110 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Steam
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC120 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Ethylene Oxide, 100% EO
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC125 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): EO, 100% (hospital)
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC130 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Chemical Immersion
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC140 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Pasteurization
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC150 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Manual Cleanings
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC160 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): STERRAD100S
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC165 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): STERRAD NX (hospital)
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC180 - Sterilization Cycles (Repeat): Automatic Washer/Disinfector
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC210 - Repeat Reuse Cycles: Steam Sterilization and Cleaning
Standard TAT not available for this product
RSC220 - Repeat Reuse Cycles: EO Sterilization and Cleaning
Standard TAT not available for this product

Study Outline

Life cycle testing will use validated cleaning, disinfection and/or sterilization processes on reusable devices or trays.  The number of reprocessing cycles will be based on the type of device and the desire of the manufacturer.