Expiration dating in the SPD

Is this expired? It seems like the question should be an easy one to answer by looking at the label of any time-sensitive item in a sterile processing department (SPD). But what if the labeled expiration date isn’t the one you need to follow?

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CBSPD approved through August 31, 2027.

HSPA approved through August 5, 2025.

Learning Objectives

  1. List eight types of expiration dates commonly used in medical device reprocessing and preparation
  2. Identify ways to manage expiration dating in sterile processing departments
  3. Discuss expiration dating activities to help keep departments ready for regulatory surveys

Michele McKinley, LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CMQ/OE, ASQ CQA is a senior clinical education, specialist for STERIS Corporation. She has been in the healthcare field for 42 years, as an operating room technician, materials management coordinator for the operating room, materials manager, and site manager for outsourced sterile processing. Michele has also worked as a consultant in the areas of sterile processing, operating room and endoscopy cleaning, and sterilization processes. She holds licenses and certifications as an LVN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CMQ/OE, ASQ CQA, and is a member of HSPA, AORN, SGNA, APIC and ASQ.

Tammy Gentry, CCSVP, is the global product manager of sterility assurance products at STERIS Corporation. She has been in medical device product management for many years, beginning with a career in field sales for Baxter Healthcare, and then managing medical devices for companies like B. Braun, McGaw, Allergan and Invacare before joining STERIS. She currently manages sterilization consumables such as chemical indicators, cleaning indicators and sterilization packaging. Tammy holds a BA from Miami University in Speech Communications and Public Relations and a CCSVP from HSPA.

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate

    The CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution) has pre-approved this in-service for one (1) contact hour for a period of five (5) years from the date of original publication. Successful completion of the lesson and post test must be documented by facility management and those records maintained by the individual until re-certification is required.


    For additional information regarding certification contact CBSPD – 148 Main Street, Suite C-1, Lebanon, NJ 08833



    HSPA (Healthcare Sterile Processing Association) has pre-approved this in-service for 1.0 Continuing Education Credits for a period of three years.


    For more information, direct any questions to Healthcare Purchasing News (941) 259-0832.