Selection Process

Community-based physicians who identify that they reprocess reusable semi-critical and/or critical medical devices in their practice setting will be required to participate in Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA). This initiative applies to all active physicians who practise in a community-based setting whether solo, multi-physician clinic, as well as long-term and short-term locums. The goal is to assess at some point during their career every community-based physician practising in British Columbia that reprocesses semi-critical and/or critical reusable medical devices.

Note: POMDRA does not apply to clinical offices or outpatient clinics affiliated with a health authority or hospital; these bodies have their own process for evaluation. 

Types of assessments 

Physicians and the physician office will participate in two types of assessments.

Telephone assessment 

A telephone assessment is a pre-booked phone call with one of our medical device reprocessing (MDR) assessors and the person(s) most responsible for MDR in the office. During the call, the assessor reviews a number of questions related to the current MDR practices in the physician office. The call can take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes.

Typically a telephone assessment leads to an on-site assessment for the same physician office.

On-site assessment

An on-site visit is a pre-booked visit from one of MDR assessors to the physician office. During the visit, the MDR assessor completes an assessment of the MDR practices in the office. The visit can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.