AE(D) is the acronym given to describe the title of an Authorising Engineer in Decontamination. The primary role of an Authorising Engineer in Decontamination is to provide impartial advice and auditing on all aspects of decontamination. This includes cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization, of medical devices and associated instruments and accessories in the acute sector of Healthcare. This role can include advise and input to the design of decontamination facilities, specifications and procurement of decontamination equipment such as sterilizers, washer-disinfectors, Automatic Endoscope Repressors (AER’s), endoscope drying cabinets and for human waste containers and ultrasonic cleaners.
The AED will also carry out auditing of decontamination processes, and decontamination equipment validation and testing reports. In addition to this, the AE(D) might also provide a similar service to Primary Care, Biomedical, Laboratory, Veterinary, Medical Device Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Sectors.
The Choice Framework for Local Policy and Procedures which is referred to as (CFPP)01-01 Management and Decontamination of surgical instruments (Medical Devices) used in acute care, Part A, defines the typical management structure, key personnel, and relationships relating to decontamination in the healthcare sector. It sets out under sections 5.27 to 5.34 the core duties and responsibilities and necessary qualifications for an AE(D).