Non-biological systems for use in sterilizers - Part 5: Specification for indicator systems and process challenge devices for use in performance testing for small sterilizers Type B and Type S
This European Standard specifies the performance requirements and test methods for non-biological indicator systems, including the process challenge devices within which they are intended to function, to be used for testing the steam penetration performance of small steam sterilizers, Type B or Type S where appropriate. The test systems specified are intended for use only in small steam sterilizers Type B conforming to prEN 13060-2 and having a usable chamber space greater than 10 l and for small steam sterilizers Type S conforming to prEN 13060-4 also having a usable chamber space greater than 5 l.
Non-biological indicator systems and the associate process challenge devices are specified for various types of load. The possible loads are considered in two classes: Porous loads, which can be wrapped or unwrapped, or hollow instrument loads, which also can be wrapped or unwrapped.