The revision of EN ISO 7396-1, Medical gas pipeline systems — Part 1: Pipeline systems for compressed medical gases and vacuum was published in February 2016. Following publication, there have been requests to identify what are the significant changes to the standard and how they could be identified to determine whether systems are compliant with the new requirements.
This Technical Bulletin is not claimed to be exhaustive but will provide an overview of the major changes to the standard to enable an assessment to be made as to whether a medical gas pipeline system will be compliant with the new or modified requirements detailed in the latest revision of EN ISO 7396-1.
It should be noted that compliance to the applicable standards is the responsibility of the medical gas pipeline system owner.
This Technical Bulletin is intended for all personnel involved with medical gas pipeline systems.