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Healthcare Associated Infections

Decontamination of Reusable Medical Devices (Local and Endoscopy)

The e-learning programme has been designed to support the education of all staff who are involved in some way with the decontamination of reusable medical devices.

This programme is part of the intermediate layer of the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway.  Further information about the pathway is available on the pathway webpage.

Who should undertake the programme?

How do I register and gain access to the programme?

Further information and Support Guide


The e-learning programme comprises 9 modules:

1. Overview
2. Acquiring Medical Devices
3. Microbiology
4. Protecting Yourself and Others
5. Cleaning and Disinfection
6. Inspection and Packaging
7. Sterilization
8. Transport Storage and Waste
9. Ensuring Quality

The programme is available as 3 options. Depending on your role, you may not require to complete all of the modules. The options are as follows:

Decontamination 1

Full programme (all 9 modules) for staff working in or with responsibility for decontamination. Should be completed by:

  • Staff in endoscopy e.g. Nurse Endoscopists, Healthcare Support Worker/ Operative/Technician
  • Staff in dental, podiatry or other areas e.g. Operators, Users, Managers
  • Undergraduate students (medical, dental, podiatry)

Other groups of staff e.g. Infection Control Nurses and Microbiologists who wish to learn more about decontamination may benefit from completion of the 9 modules that make up the programme.

Decontamination 2

Part programme (6 modules) for staff who use instruments processed in EDU, LDU, CDU or single use instruments. Should be completed by:

  • staff working in endoscopy e.g. theatre, ICT, ENT
  • Staff working in dental, podiatry or other areas

Decontamination 3

One module only for staff involved in or responsible for procurement of reusabe medical devices.

Learning Outcomes

The full learning outcomes for each module can be downloaded by clicking on Decontamination of Reusable Medical Devices module learning outcomes (pdf)

Registration and Access

This programme is available for self registration on learnPro NHS and Turas Learn.

NHS board staff can access the programme on learnPro NHS.

Students and staff from Scottish universities can access the programme on Turas Learn (via IPC Zone). The programme is now part of the SIPCEP intermediate layer.

We have developed a support guide to creating a Turas account and locating the programme.  Please down the guide from the link below:

Account creation, sign in and locating SIPCEP (pdf) (last updated 09/08/2018)

We are currently in the process of setting up access for the general dental service.

Assessment and Certificate

It is estimated that each module will take one hour to complete.  Each module contains an  assessment comprising multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. 

At the end of each module you can print a completion certificate as a record of learning as evidence for your portfolio or training record. 

Verifiable CPD

Dental staff can claim one hour per module of verifiable CPD hours for the purposes of the General Dental Council.

Further Information

If your question please contact


Other infection control and decontamination training

Framework to Support Staff Development in the Decontamination of Re-usable Medical Devices - find out more on the framework web page. 

Programme launched October 2015, reviewed 2018