Since the 2010 publication of GESA’s Infection Control in Endoscopy Guidelines, there have been several overseas outbreaks of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) linked to the use of flexible endoscopes. In response to these outbreaks, the Board of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) appointed a multi-organisation expert committee to develop consensus statements addressing this issue.

The committee comprises representatives from GESA, the Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia (GENCA), the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID). The committee examined and assessed the published literature and using the Delphi methodology produced the following consensus statements, which in their expert opinion are considered best practice.

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