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Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings

Following best practices in cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical equipment/devices helps prevent the transmission of infection to health care providers and clients/patients. It is essential for anyone responsible for reprocessing in community health care settings to be aware of the consequences of inadequate reprocessing practices. Community health care settings include clinics, clinical office practice settings, family health teams, and community health care centres.

If you have questions about reprocessing reusable medical equipment/devices in settings other than community health care, such as home care, contact your Regional IPAC Office for more information.

The Reprocessing in the Community course is based on Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee's (PIDAC) best practices. 


This course is geared to health care providers who reprocess reusable medical equipment/devices in community settings such as clinics, clinical office practice settings, family health teams, community health care centres and other community health care settings.

Course Description

This course provides you with:

  • general concepts, basic knowledge and skills for safely reprocessing reusable medical equipment/devices
  • knowledge related to the importance of following best practices and the consequences of inadequate reprocessing
  • best practices in reprocessing reusable medical equipment/devices to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious agents to health care providers as well as clients/patients
Course Content

This interactive course has 9 modules:

  • Introduction to Reprocessing
  • Personal Protective Equipment for Reprocessing
  • Pre-cleaning, Cleaning and Post-cleaning
  • Disinfection
  • Packaging for Sterilization
  • Loading a Sterilizer
  • Steam Sterilization
  • Unloading a Sterilizer
  • Transportation and Storage
Course Requirements

It is recommended that health care providers complete the Public Health Ontario IPAC Core Competencies Online Learning Course (Routine Practices) prior to enrolling in the Reprocessing In The Community Online Learning Course. Registration and login is required. Please read the following for further information:

Course Duration

The length of the modules can vary from 15 to 25 minutes depending on how you progress. You can stop and resume your learning anytime.


A certificate is available upon successful completion (100%) of the scored test at the end of each module.

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To install this online learning course in your organization’s Learning Management System (LMS) please visit LMS file download page.

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The PHO Reprocessing in the Community Online Learning Course provides an overview of the reprocessing process for health care providers who are required to perform tasks related to the reprocessing process of reusable medical devices in community health care setting.

This course does not provide certification in medical device reprocessing.

The content for the modules is based on the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee's (PIDAC) best practice documents which are current at the time of publication. This course is intended for the sole purpose of educating front-line staff about important information to assist them in protecting themselves, their patients, and co-workers from the transmission of infections.

Taking this course does not provide certification in medical device reprocessing nor does it constitute evidence of having any minimum level of required skills or expertise. PHO assumes no responsibility for your use of or reliance on the information in the Course.

The Course materials may be used without permission for non-commercial purposes only and provided that appropriate credit is given to Public Health Ontario. No changes and/or modifications can be made to the Course materials without explicit written permission from Public Health Ontario. 

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