Healthcare Textiles Processing Facility Certification Scheme Launched in India
On the occasion of World Health Day on 7 April, the triple A partnership of AMTZ LTD, Association of Healthcare Providers – AHPI (India) and Association of Indian Medical Device Industry – Aimed India, launched Healthcare Textiles Processing Facility Certification Scheme (HTPFCS) to ensure the quality of healthcare textiles, including personal protective equipment (PPE), by certifying the facilities or laundries that process them for reuse
While the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of healthcare textiles and PPE in protecting healthcare workers and patients from infection, the quality of these products depends not only on the materials used but also on the processing facilities where they are sterilized, cleaned, and packaged.
The Healthcare Textiles Processing Facility Certification Scheme will help ensure that these facilities meet international standards for quality and safety. It aligns with international standards and guidelines, including those of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Under the scheme, healthcare textiles processing facilities can apply for certification by undergoing a rigorous evaluation process that includes site visits, documentation reviews, and testing of samples.The certification will be valid for three years, after which the facility will need to undergo a recertification process.
The Certification would be carried out by independent third party certifying agencies to be accredited as per applicable international standard, ISO 17065, and approved by AMTZ to assure their competence, impartiality and consistent implementation of certification process.
The Healthcare Textiles Processing Facility Certification Scheme is open for applications from healthcare textiles processing facilities in India and abroad.