|FAQ - Regulatory Processes - Archived Through 2012
How many years do you keep records of biological monitoring of sterilizers?
There is no federal requirement for monitoring or recordkeeping. Additionally, many of the states that require monitoring do not have specific requirements for maintaining records. To determine if you are in a state with required monitoring and if the state agency has guidelines on recordkeeping contact your state licensing agency (1). Because recordkeeping can play a role in risk management, it may be wise to consult your practice's attorney for advice on maintaining such records.
(1) The Dental Student Network list of state licensing agencies. Available at http://www.studentdoctor.net/dental/state_boards.html