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Exposure-prone procedures (EPPs): New registration renewal requirement


26th May 2021

 

Exposure-prone procedures (EPPs): New registration renewal requirement

This week, ACORN has become aware of member concerns regarding a recent change to nursing registration renewal. When renewing their registration with AHPRA, nurses are now required to indicate if they perform exposure-prone procedures (EPPs) and, if so, are obliged to comply with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) guideline ‘Australian national guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses and healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses’.

The CDNA guideline identifies specific procedures or types of procedures as exposure-prone or not exposure-prone.

In its May 2021 newsletter the NMBA explains the rationale behind this new requirement and, in particular, cites ‘nurses working in operating theatres, for example as a scrub nurse’.

ACORN is advised that Appendix 2 of the CDNA guideline recommends that healthcare workers contact their relevant college for clarification about their role and if it includes EPPs. ACORN's telephone contact details are listed.

ACORN CEO, Rebecca East, assures members that despite not being involved in, consulted about or aware of this new requirement ACORN appreciates members’ concern and confusion regarding this unexpected development.

At this stage ACORN is unable to provide any further clarification; however, ACORN will contact the NMBA on our members’ behalf to seek clarification and a deeper understanding of how this new requirement impacts our members. Further updates will be provided to members as those processes evolve.

In the interim, and as always, ACORN encourages its members to comply with all national and jurisdictional government requirements. Health service organisations may also provide their staff with further specific local guidance in relation to this matter.

ACORN will post further information, as it becomes available, at www.acorn.org.au.

 

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