For heat-sensitive instruments like flexible endoscopes, the use of an EWD (such as the Olympus ETD or OER systems) is regarded as the most effective measure with regards to personnel safety and microbiological (including virucidal*) efficacy.
*Classification as “limited” and “full” virucidal disinfectants
According to EN 14476/EN 17111 or national institutes such as the German Association for the Control of Viral Diseases (DVV).
Check the labeling on your disinfectant.
“Limited virucidal*” (= effective against enveloped viruses) or “full virucidal*” (= effective against enveloped and naked viruses).
Therefore even disinfectants labeled as “limited virucidal” are effective against SARS-CoV-2.
Olympus EndoDis and Olympus Disinfectant have been validated according to EN 14476 and EN 17111 under the process conditions of the Olympus ETD machines and demonstrated comprehensive virucidal efficacy. Consequently, they can be regarded as effective against all relevant viruses in the healthcare field according to the latest state of science, including enveloped viruses (the COVID-19 virus is an enveloped virus).
For OER-AW, Acecide has been validated according to required national guidelines for high level disinfectants and has been confirmed to quickly inactivate even non-enveloped viruses such as adenovirus and poliovirus, which are known to demonstrate higher resistance than enveloped viruses. Therefore, Acecide is considered to be effective against the novel coronavirus, the Covid-19 virus.
In case you use non-Olympus chemistry or processes for reprocessing, consult the respective manufacturer for further advice.