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IDSc - Institute of Decontamination Sciences

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IDSc
Institute of Decontamination Sciences

http://www.idsc-uk.co.uk
United Kingdom


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Introduction to IDSc

The Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc) is the UK's largest professional body for the decontamination of reuseable medical devices.

It aims:

  • To maintain a learned body, implement and sustain an education programme for its members, and those aspiring to membership, with the object of achieving and maintaining high professional standards within the decontamination professions.
  • To verify academic attainments of those practising or desiring to practice the professions of Decontamination and Decontamination Management in accordance with the membership criteria detailed in the Constitution and Regulations.
  • To provide, through regional branches, a forum for members to consider and discuss matters relating to the provision and improvement of decontamination services, and the educational career development and interests of staff.
  • To promote and encourage research and development in matters relating to decontamination services.
  • To establish and monitor the high professional standards expected of decontamination services personnel. To actively encourage the maintenance of such standards.
  • To actively work towards Membership of the Institute being the main criteria for employment in the field of Decontamination Management.

IDSc members work in all areas of medical device decontamination, from the NHS to the Private Sector, and from Sterile Services Departments to Primary Care, Endoscopy and Dental Services.

Membership is open to anyone. Click here to join and gain access to the latest news and developments in medical device reprocessing.

Our members include: Sterile services personnel at all levels, endoscopy staff, microbiologists, infection control, theatre staff, engineers, corporate members and members from the NHS and Private Sector.


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About IDSc

In the UK, Sterile Services Departments (SSDs) were pioneered and developed in the late 1950s following the successful supply of pre-sterile sets of surgical instruments and dressings by the Royal Army Medical Corps to support the Suez crisis.

As part of the early development of the service, Superintendents managing the departments formed the Association of Sterile Supplies Managers (ASSM). This was the predecessor to the Institute of Sterile Services Management (ISSM), which evolved in 1984.

In November 2004, the ISSM changed its official name to The Institute of Decontamination Sciences (IDSc). This name change reflects, acknowledges and encompasses all decontamination professionals, allied professions, clinical services and the challenges of safe healthcare provision. From the inception of the ASSM, the IDSc has continued to develop and grow in strength, and is now recognised as a key professional body in the UK framework, managing all of the risks associated with Health Care Acquired Infections (HCAI) in medical devices reprocessing.

The control and reduction of Health Care Acquired Infection (HCAI) is fundamental to effective patient outcomes. Patients have the right, enshrined in UK law, to expect professional competence in the decontamination process, and that the medical devices used in any intervention are fit for purpose and decontaminated to the highest standards.

The IDSc embraces the challenges faced in helping to reduce the risks of infection and is committed in ensuring the provision of competent staff that can meet the technical and operational challenges of medical device decontamination.

The risks associated with medical device reprocessing has a very high public profile following the emergence of Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease. The requirement for prion deactivation during the decontamination process has led to a major review of traditional standards and practice in all areas of decontamination from acute SSDs to GP Practices, Endoscopy and Dental Services. The IDSc remains the biggest UK professional body for medical device reprocessing and at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field.


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IDSc Publications

Please feel free to visit the following page for information about IDSc publications and how to obtain them:


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IDSc Events

Upcoming Conferences and Seminars

...to be announced...

Past Conferences and Seminars

IDSc Study Day 12 March 2014
12 March 2014 / 09:00 - 15:30
Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
[ Study Day Programme (PDF File) ]
Annual IDSc Conference and Exhibition 2012
26 November 2012 to 28 November 2012
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom
[ More information: http://www.idsc-uk.co.uk/events.php ]
Annual IDSc Conference and Exhibition 2010
29 November 2010 to 01 December 2010
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom
[ More information: http://www.idsc-uk.co.uk/events.php ]
[ Conference Report ]
Annual IDSc Conference and Exhibition 2009
23 November 2009 to 25 November 2009
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom
[ Conference Programme and Application Form (PDF File) ]
[ More information: http://www.idsc-uk.co.uk/events.htm ]
Annual IDSc Conference and Exhibition 2008
23 November 2008 to 26 November 2008
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom
[ Conference Programme and Application Form (PDF File) ]
[ More information: www.idsc-uk.org ]
IDSc Chemistries Study Day
18 March 2008 / 10:00 - 16:30
Eastwood Park Training Centre, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
[ Study Day Info/Flyer ]
[ Study Day Registration Form ]
IDSc Course: Anatomy & Physiology
11 March 2008 / 10:00 - 16:00
Eastwood Park Training Centre, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
[ Course Info/Flyer ]
[ Course Registration Form ]
IDSc Course: Basic Microbiology & Infection Control
10 March 2008 / 10:00 - 16:00
Eastwood Park Training Centre, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
[ Course Info/Flyer ]
[ Course Registration Form ]
IDSc Chemistries Study Day
18 March 2008 / 10:00 - 16:30
Eastwood Park Training Centre, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
[ Study Day Info/Flyer ]
[ Study Day Registration Form ]
IDSc Course: Basic Microbiology & Infection Control
10 March 2008 / 10:00 - 16:00
Eastwood Park Training Centre, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
[ Course Info/Flyer ]
[ Course Registration Form ]
IDSc Course: Basic Microbiology & Infection Control
10 March 2008 / 10:00 - 16:00
Eastwood Park Training Centre, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
[ Course Info/Flyer ]
[ Course Registration Form ]
Annual IDSc Conference and Exhibition 2007
26 November 2007 to 28 November 2007
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom
[ Conference Programme and Application Form (PDF File) ]
[ More information: www.idsc-uk.org ]
IDSc Pre-conference Symposium 2007
26 November 2007 / 10:30 - 13:30
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom
[ Flyer / Invitation (PDF File) ]
Decontamination Sciences Congress 2006
27 November 2006 to 29 November 2006
St Andrews Bay Hotel, Scotland
[ More information: www.idsc-uk.org ]
Institute of Decontamination Sciences Annual Conference 2005
28 November 2005 to 30 November 2005
Blackpool, United Kingdom
[ More information: www.idsc-uk.org ]
DSc 2005
30 March 2005 to 01 April 2005
Business Design Centre, London, United Kingdom
[ Conference Details ]
[ Conference Report ]
ISSM Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004
29 November 2004 to 01 December 2004
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom
ISSM Annual Conference and Exhibition 2003
Validation, Evaluation & Monitoring

24 November 2003 to 26 November 2003
St. Andrews Bay Hotel, Scotland
ISSM Annual Conference and Exhibition 2002
25 November 2002 to 27 November 2002
Hilton Hotel, North Shore, Blackpool, United Kingdom
ISSM Annual Conference and Exhibition 2001
26 November 2001 to 28 November 2001
Hilton Hotel, North Shore, Blackpool, United Kingdom
ISSM Annual Conference and Exhibition 2000
27 November 2000 to 29 November 2000
Hilton Hotel, North Shore, Blackpool, United Kingdom
ISSM Annual Conference and Exhibition 1999
15 November 1999 to 17 November 1999
Stakis Hotel, Blackpool, United Kingdom

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IDSc Contact

Address:
IDSc - Institute of Decontamination Sciences
c/o Fitwise Management Limited
Drumcross Hall
Bathgate
West Lothian
EH48 4JT
United Kingdom
Tel:
+44-(0)1506-811077
Fax:
+44-(0)1506-811477
Email:
Web:
www.idsc-uk.co.uk

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