ISO/TS 15883-5:2005 includes the test soils and methods that can be used to demonstrate the cleaning efficacy of washer-disinfectors (WD) according to the ISO 15883 series of standards.
The inclusion of the test soils and methods in ISO/TS 15883-5:2005 does not indicate that they are of equivalent sensitivity in their determination of cleaning efficacy.
Acceptance criteria are included, based on visual inspection and/or a microbiological end-point as stated for each method. Where chemical detection of residual soiling is required/sought, methods can be complemented by the specific determination of a residual component of the applied test soil.
NOTE 1 The test soils and methods included in ISO/TS 15883-5:2005 are sourced from national standards and published documents submitted by member bodies of the Technical Committee preparing ISO/TS 15883-5:2005. They have been edited only to provide a uniform format within ISO/TS 15883-5:2005.
NOTE 2 An example of this is the use of the peroxidase test to detect residual blood (haemoglobin) from the test soil applied to surgical instruments or flexible endoscopes (e.g. using the method described in ISO/TS 15883-5:2005). See also ISO 15883-1:2005, Annex D.