Clinical Engineering Standards of Practice

Clinical engineering is one of several professional disciplines contributing to safe, effective and economical health care. The role and primary responsibility of a clinical engineering service is management of medical device technology, including adherence to recognized safety, quality, cost and efficiency standards.

The Clinical Engineering Standard of Practice has two goals:

  1. to define the scope and role of clinical engineering services in Canadian health care organizations
  2. to define standards suitable for evaluation in a review process

The original Clinical Engineering Standards of Practice for Canada was published in 1998. It was recognized that for this Standards of Practice document to remain relevant to Canadian Clinical Engineers, it must undergo periodic reviews and updating. A second edition was published in 2007. The work on the 2014 edition began in February of 2013. A working draft was presented at the CMBES conference in Ottawa on May 24, 2013. Input from the conference was used to revise the working draft. It was then circulated to the full membership for another round of comments. The final document was presented to the membership for approval by electronic ballot after being presented at a workshop at the CMBES conference in Vancouver on May 23, 2014.

The Clinical Engineering Standard of Practice is available free to members and $50 to non-members. It can be ordered through the online store.