Please join this interactive meeting focused on examining measurement, standards, technology and data research needs to promote innovation in the effective use and implementation of ultraviolet-C (UVC) technology in healthcare settings for the reduction and prevention of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). HAIs are recognized as an important public health and patient safety issue. UVC devices are shown to reduce the incidence of many HAIs, but the adoption of the technology by the healthcare industry has been sparse. There is a lack of performance standards to help healthcare managers make informed, credible investment decisions. Measurements and standards in the light and biological sciences are needed to accelerate the adoption of UVC technology in the healthcare market.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has engaged with the International Ultra Violet Association (IUVA) to explore ways to address these challenges and help advance measures of device disinfection efficacy, reliability, and operation. NIST and IUVA are co-hosting a unique event that provides the community with an opportunity to learn about the current science in HAI prevention with UVC and to discuss standard needs in both the physical and biological performance areas for UVC disinfection devices.
Through two days of targeted programing, attendees will learn about the latest developments in UVC technology, engineering and operations, and regulatory issues related to disinfection. Current measurements, standards and data supporting UVC disinfection will be discussed in the context of innovation and implementation. Input from the event will be used by the community for the development of proposed performance standards for UVC disinfection devices.
Programming will include plenary presentations from invited keynote subject matter experts and round table engagements with representatives from industry, academia and federal agencies. There will be optional campus lab tours where attendees can view up-close NIST’s metrology R&D in the UV and biological sciences, including UV calibrations and biological measurements.
More information about the program, registration, and meeting logistics will be provided soon.