Standardisation of the particular requirements for basic safety and essential performance of suction devices that regulate the level of vacuum (negative) pressure applied to a patient undergoing medical or surgical treatment in healthcare, homecare, transport and field facilities. These include electrically and manually powered suction devices as well as those devices powered by a positive pressure gas source or central pipeline vacuum system. Also included are requirements for suction tubing and connectors.

These suction devices do not include:

  • central pipeline vacuum systems;
  • anaesthetic gas scavenging disposal systems;
  • central pipeline plume extraction systems;
  • accessories such as suction ends and catheters.
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    Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 121/SC 8

    The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 121/SC 8:

    Reference Title ISO/IEC
    IEC/SC 62D Particular medical equipment, software, and systems IEC
    ISO/TC 121/SC 2 Airway devices and related equipment ISO
    ISO/TC 121/SC 3 Respiratory devices and related equipment used for patient care ISO
    ISO/TC 121/SC 6 Medical gas supply systems ISO


    Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 121/SC 8

    ISO/TC 121/SC 8 can access the documents of the committees below:

    Reference Title ISO/IEC
    ISO/TC 121/SC 6 Medical gas supply systems ISO

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