Medical Gas Testing

Why test Medical Gas Pipeline System (MGPS)

IOQ services - surgery bayMedical gases are classified as medicinal products under the Medicines Act (1968) and are therefore subject to the same procurement and quality procedures as all other medicinal products.

Medical gas pipeline systems are an efficient means of delivering medical gases to the point of use. Unfortunately, when things go wrong, they can also present an efficient means of harming patients and damaging expensive equipment.

SHTM2022 and HTM02 require that all new systems and modifications to existing systems be tested by a Quality Controller (MGPS) to ensure identity, quality, adequacy and continuity of supply.

Why test medical/Dental air compressors?

Medical gases are medicines. On-site produced medical gases such as medical air and oxygen (from PSA) and dental air are not required to undergo the same rigorous Quality Control (QC)  testing as bottled gases. However, all plant may produce out-of-specification gases from time to time.

It is essential that all on-site generated gases are tested by a QC (MGPS) on a regular  basis in order to protect patients, pipelines and equipment connected to the systems. SHTM2022 and HTM02 recommends that all medical air compressors be tested on at least a quarterly basis and dental air compressors be QC tested annually. These tests will help to ensure safe supply of gases and provide documentary evidence in the event of litigation.

iOQ Services Ltd aim to provide bespoke medical gas testing  to your specific requirements. The following are some of the testing iOQ Services Ltd can perform:

  • Laboratory testing of bottled gases
  • Quality control of medical gas pipeline systems – QC(MGPS) to HTM0201
  • New installations
  • Modifications to existing systems
  • On-site generated gases
    • Medical air plant
    • Surgical air plant
  • Dental air plant
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Synthetic air plant
  • Validation of laboratory (pathology) gases (HTM 08-06)
  • Breathing air
  • Veterinary
  • Industrial

All Testing will be performed against the relevant guidance/standards

  • Health Technical Memorandum 02-01 (HTM)
  • HTM 08-06 (2007) – Pathology gases
  • Scottish Health Technical Memorandum 2022 (SHTM) – 2004
  • SHTM Supplement 1: Dental compressed air and vacuum systems* UNDER REVIEW
  • BS EN 12012:1999 –  Breathing air
  • Ministry of defence standard 68-284 – Issue 2: 2002

Medical Gas Testing Method Statement & Report

Before any testing is undertaken  we will prepare a  Method statement  detailing how the medical gas tests  will be performed and any equipment used with associated certifications. We will also provide a risk assessment of our testing processes.

The medical gas testing method statement  is developed  in accordance with SHTM 2022 and HTM02 or specific guidance as requested. A  detailed report is generated containing the required information:

  • Medical gas testing Method Statement and Testing Risk Assessment
  • Site Assessment Report (if requested)
  • Report of results
  • Recommendations Report
  • Printed graphical information (if logging undertaken)
  • Permit to work is completed and signed off