Single-Use Medical Devices, Little Available Evidence of Harm From Reuse, but Oversight Warranted,

“…The evidence suggests that some SUDs can be safely reprocessed if appropriate cleaning, testing, and sterilization procedures are carefully followed. However, SUD reprocessing is not invariably safe, and relatively little is known about the practice of SUD reprocessing in health care institutions. For this reason, FDA has taken steps to increase its oversight of SUD reprocessing. Nonetheless, the new framework does not treat all types of reprocessors consistently and will be difficult to implement. Furthermore, because the demonstrated health risks from SUD reprocessing are small, it may have only a limited impact on public health.”

GAO June 2000