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Workshop on Ultraviolet Disinfection Technologies & Healthcare Associated Infections: Defining Standards and Metrology Needs

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.

NIST Visitor Information


Operating Room


    Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center
    204 Boardwalk Place Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

    Book Now >>> Deadline to book is December 16, 2019 Room rates from $169/night.

    The hotel will provide a complimentary shuttle to and from NIST.


    *Visitor Access Requirement:

    For Non-US Citizens:  Please have your valid passport for photo identification.

    For US Permanent Residents: Please have your green card for photo identification.

    For US Citizens: Please have your state-issued driver's license. Regarding Real-ID requirements, all states are in compliance or have an extension through October 2020.

    NIST also accepts other forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver's license, such as a valid passport, passport card, DOD's Common Access Card (CAC), Veterans ID, Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs, Military Dependents ID, Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), and TSA Trusted Traveler ID. 

    Created September 26, 2019, Updated December 19, 2019