Standard Update: New Changes to Cytotoxic Drug Safety Cabinets
Cytotoxic Drug Safety Cabinets are the primary barrier against exposure to aerosols that are produced in the preparation, manipulation and dispensing of cytotoxic drugs.
There are now new changes to the Cytotoxic Drug Safety Cabinets standards which are defined in Australian Standard AS2252.5.
- Several key aspects of room design is now a requirement for a capture exhaust within the cytotoxic suite and certification requirements surrounding room pressures, air change rates and temperatures. The standard draws these requirements from a number of source documents including ISO 14644 parts 1 & 3, AS 1668.2, HEPA standards and 1807 test method standards.
- CDSC’s have carbon filters fitted in order to reduce the risk to the environment and personnel of potential gaseous contamination that could be generated within the work zone of a CDSC. It has been determined that the carbon filter, due to the nature of its use, is required to be replaced annually, at point of service.
- An ISO Class 5 cleanliness rating is required within the work zone of the CDSC. This test requires a technician to undertake particle counting within the work zone of the CDSC while the unit is ‘at rest’, the validating technician will be responsible for the reporting of the results.
- Minor changes include a relaxation of sound level tests and lighting intensity tests. With the sound level range moving higher, to allow for a greater operating sound level and the lighting intensity reducing, to allow for lower lighting levels.
CG2010 Cytogard drug safety cabinets are designed and manufactured in Australia in three nominal widths – a 900mm, 1200mm and 1800mm – and fully comply with all requirements of Australian Standard AS2252.5.
Each cabinet is factory-certified by a NATA Accredited laboratory to meet the specified performance requirements.
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