Process Challenge Devices

What is a Process Challenge Device?

Process Challenge Devices are required to confirm that a sterilisation or decontamination process has been adequately performed.

The Process Challenge Device is used to provide a challenge to the sterilization and decontamination processes that are equal to or greater than the challenge posed by the most challenging item routinely processed through the equipment.

PCD’s are another step-in, ensuring decontamination equipment is working correctly and assists the department by allowing its users to quantify that the equipment is working correctly and within specifications.

Process Challenge Devices

Process Challenge Devices for Healthcare

In healthcare facilities, sterile service department confidence in the sterilisation process is of utmost importance to the hospital as the departments’ work can significantly affect patient’s safety and the staff who care for them. While the Health Technical Memorandum offers guidance and regulatory compliance on what should be done, choosing the right products to monitor the sterilisation and decontamination processes is up to the department, and the facilities Authorised Engineer in Decontamination (AED).

Our Most Popular Process Challenge Device Products

Bowie Dick
Test Packs

Steam penetration process challenge device

  • Detects inadequate air removal and steam penetration in vacuum-assisted Steam sterilisers.

  • Problems will be shown as heterogeneous colour change from yellow into dark brown/black. 

  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation.

  • Ready to use – no need to construct test packs.

  • 100% Lead Free.

  • 20 packs per box.

  • Product code: BD125X.

Lumenia
SixFlow

Endoscopy process challenge device

  • Allows direct and distinct determination of external and internal successful cleaning efficacy of flexible endoscopes when using AERs.
 
  • The indicator cleaning ink formulation allows monitoring and integration of all-important parameters of the process.
 
  • Lumenia cleaning indicator use grants very simple interpretation of results, avoiding the need of special skills or training of operators.
 
  • When using Trazanto System, results can be easily registered and traced, thanks to the special design of the Lumenia cleaning indicator.
 
  • Very resistant and durable devices, thanks to the high-quality materials used.
 
  •  Product Code: LUMENIA.

Helix Process Challenge Device

Helix Kit with class 2 indicator strips

  • No need to construct test packs.
 
  • Reduces chances of misinterpretation.
 
  • Eliminates chance of exposure to lead or other heavy metals.
 
    • Traceability and recognition of expired packs at time of use.

    • 20 packs per box.

 

  • Product code: KH2X 15-3.5/M.

ChemSurf CDS47V

3D VH2O2 chemical indicator

  • Used to monitor tests of disinfection of environments and surfaces by Hydrogen Peroxide Vapour.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial colour: red, final colour: yellow.
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  • Ready to use – no need to construct test packs.

  • 100% toxic heavy metals free.
 
  • 100 units, 5 seals and 5 supports  per box.
 
  • Product code: CDS47V.

CDWU

Ultrasonic cleaning indicator

  • Used to monitor ultrasonic cavitation effectiveness of ultrasonic washing machines operating at frequencies equal to or greater than 35 kHz, at temperatures ranging from 18 °C to 70°C.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial colour: blue, final colour: yellow transparent.
 
  • A self-adhesive Record Card accompanies each vial where data about the ultrasonic washing control process can be recorded.
 
  • 30 units per box.
 
  • Product code: CDWU.

PCD-A-3.5BD

Bowie & Dick simulation test for use in Helix-PCD system

  • Used to assess air removal and steam penetration of vacuum-assisted steam sterilisers.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial color: blue  Final colour: dark grey.
  • Self-adhesive strip printed with indicator ink. Size: 77 x 6 mm. 10 strips per sheet. Size: 80 x 100 mm.
 
  • 100% toxic heavy metals free.
 
  • 250 strips in sheets of 10 units.
 
  • Product code: PCD-A-3.5.

IT27-3.5SAD STEAM

Unique point emulator indicator

  • Used in steam sterilisation processes to verify load.
 
  • Easy record of result thanks to self-adhesive support.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial colour: purple, final colour: green.
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  • Ready to use – no need to construct test packs.

  • 100% toxic heavy metals free.
 
  • 100 units per box.
 
  • Product code: IT27-3.5SAD.

CD40 VH2O2

Plasma or VH2O2 processes
chemical indicator

  • Used to control plasma or vaporised H2O2 sterilisation processes.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial colour: purple, final colour: green.
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  • Ready to use – no need to construct test packs.

  • 100% toxic heavy metals free.
 
  • 250 or 500 units per aluminium foil bag.
 
  • Product code: CD40.

IT27W-5

Thermodisinfection and cleaning indicator

  • Used to monitor moist heat disinfection processes in washer-disinfectors.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial colour: green, final colour: purple.
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  • Ready to use – no need to construct test packs.

  • 100% toxic heavy metals free.
 
  • 200 units per aluminium foil bag.
 
  • Product code: IT27W-5.

CDWA3 Splat

Cleaning indicator

  • Designed to be used as part of a routine control of cleaning processes.
 
  • Can be used in automatic washing machines and ultrosonic washing machines.
 
  • Allows detection of all factors affecting the outcome of cleaning process.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial colour: blue.
 
  • Challenge level: high.
 
  • 200 units per aluminium foil bag.
 
  • Product code: CDWA3.

CDWA4 Splat

Cleaning indicator

  • Designed to be used as part of a routine control of cleaning processes.
 
  • Can be used in automatic washing machines and ultrosonic washing machines.
 
  • Allows detection of all factors affecting the outcome of cleaning process.
 
  • Visual results which reduces the chances of misinterpretation. Initial colour: fuchsia.
 
  • Challenge level: very high.
 
  • 200 units per aluminum foil bag.
 
  • Product code: CDWA4.

CDWAH

Cleaning indicators holder

  • Designed to hold Chemdye® CDWA cleaning indicators.
 
  • Chrome plating SUS304 grade stainless steel re-usable holder of great resistance and durability.
 
  • Base: 32 mm wide, 72.5 mm long, pin at the back side.Basket: 32 mm wide, 37 mm long, 0.5 mm thick.
 
  • Optimises the control of the washer-disinfector`s ability to force water and detergent into and onto the test soil.
 
  •  Product Code: CDWAH.

Why choose Sychem for your Process Challenge Devices?

Comprehensive range

The Pro1 Micro and Mini pro is the most flexible and cost-effective solution on the market.

Affordable and flexible

Here at Team Sychem we are the exclusive partner of Terragene and pride ourselves on our ability to provide flexible and cost-effective solutions.

Fast delivery

With hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of stock we are ready to ship same day or next day.

On-site training

Extensive training and product support provided by our dedicated team.

Experts in our field

Experts in decontamination & Sterilisation.

Highly rated service delivery

At Sychem we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. Therefore, our Service Team will support and assist you at every step.

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