Performance Qualification

Performance Qualification provides a means for assessing the efficiency of your autoclave cycles against the actual loads being processed. A sophisticated 12 channel recorder/logger is connected to the autoclave and each of the 12 thermocouples are strategically positioned to record temperatures from the most suitable locations. It is one of the core autoclave services we offer for Priorclave customers.

During the autoclave cycle a thermal profile of the chamber and load condition is produced and this is used to establish the efficiency of many aspects of the autoclave settings in use:

  • Adequate air removal/steam penetration
  • Sterilizing temperature
  • Process time setting
  • Calibration accuracy
  • Thermal safety lock release temperature (to optimize cycle times)

Our Technician will discuss with you any improvements or changes that may be beneficial for the quality of sterilization or productivity, and will make any changes to the programming system that may be advantageous without extra charge. A sample or description of each load type to be tested will be required. Performance qualification can also be used as part of a formal risk assessment which may help you to improve your turnaround times.

Please contact our Technical Department to discuss your requirements and to estimate the number of days required for testing.

Please note: In accordance with Health & Safety Publication PM73 our Technicians are not permitted to disable or disengage the autoclave safety mechanism to expedite the performance qualification process.

Price for UKAS Performance Qualification:
Time on Site: $1,800/day, plus travel and expenses

Price includes on-site proving of the test equipment to be used (a UKAS requirement for laboratory accreditation) and preparation and supply of all necessary documentation and certificates.