Centre of Excellence

Implementing Sterilisation Best Practices

APSIC and 3M come together to further the cause of maintaining sterilisation best practices across the Asia-Pacific region to reduce the rate of surgical site infection in healthcare facilities.

  • The Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC)

    APSIC was established in 1998 and is a multinational, voluntary organisation dedicated to the advancement of infection control practices to reduce hospital-associated infections, monitor and control emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and improve patient outcomes.

    APSIC aims to bring together multidisciplinary infection control professionals in the region to share their knowledge, experience, skills, and quality improvement and research findings by facilitating the exchange of information through training courses, seminars, congresses and conferences in the Asia Pacific region. APSIC is working toward establishing collaborative partnerships in the region to facilitate and encourage quality improvement initiatives and infection control research to promote cost effective evidence-based practices throughout the Asia Pacific region.

  • 3M Health Care

    3M Health Care is committed to providing the health care community with innovative solutions, leveraging 3M diversified technologies to help improve the quality of life.

    No matter what your role is, in helping to prevent healthcare- associated infections in your facilities – from Sterile Processing, to the OR, to Infection Prevention or Administration – 3M has innovative solutions designed to help you do your job better.

    In the area of infection prevention, a continuous focus on education is critical for success. 3M Health Care has long been respected for the breadth and depth of its investment in education. You can depend on our dedicated experts, with their knowledge of technology, product application and best clinical practice, to support you with practical advice that addresses your everyday challenges.

About CSSD Centre of Excellence (CoE) Award

Offers CSSD staff across the Asia-Pacific region to share their experiences, best practices, be audited by a panel of experts and participate in a APSIC and 3M Education Event.

  • What is CSSD Centre of Excellence (CoE)?

    CSSD Center of Excellence (CoE) is a team of people (CSSD, Infection Control, Operating Room) that promotes collaboration, use of standards/guidelines (AAMI ST79) and best practices to deliver quality disinfection and sterilisation services for those served.

    At APSIC and 3M, we define a CSSD as a Center of Excellence (CoE) when it fulfils the following strategic criteria:

    • Delivers quality disinfection and sterilisation services
    • Committed to education and research
    • Takes a leadership role to help and support other CSSD institutions in their implementation of CSSD education programs
    • Follows the APSIC Self Assessment Framework, APSIC Sterilisation Guideline and AAMI ST79: 2010/A4:2013 (Comprehensive guide to steam sterilisation and sterility assurance in health care facilities)

    The winner will be invited to the next APSIC Congress to receive the CSSD Center of Excellence Award.


  • How to Participate


    1. Submit the registration form below.
    2. Chosen participants are offered a complimentary COE education event organised by APSIC and 3M. The education event will be organised at participant’s country.
    3. Participating institutions must be willing to open their CSSD for a visit and audit.
    4. Upon receipt of submission, further instructions will be provided regarding the education event and hospital visit.
    5. Participants will be required to fill in a self-evaluation form and submit supporting documents demonstrating checklist compliance.
    6. After the closing date, the Expert Panel will review all submissions and select finalists. Two experts from the panel will arrange to pay an audit visit to the selected finalists. During the visit, the expert delegation will discuss and provide advice on areas for improvement. Winners will be chosen after the audit assessment.
    7. CSSD manager or representative from the winning hospitals (COE Gold Award) will be honoured during APSIC congress. Sponsorship of a return economy class air ticket, hotel accommodation and registration for APSIC Congress will be awarded.
    8. Follows the APSIC Self Assessment Framework, APSIC Sterilisation Guideline and AAMI ST79: 2010/A4:2013 (Comprehensive guide to steam sterilisation and sterility assurance in health care facilities)

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