New Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard

The 2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard has been released and is available online.

The new standard provides further support to health service organisations to prevent, control and respond to infections that cause outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics, including novel and emerging infections.

Changes made to the standard clarify existing requirements and reflect the lessons from the response to COVID-19.

factsheet is available online, outlining differences between the new standard and the previous standard.

For more information, see the Advisory on implementing the new standard or contact the Safety and Quality Advice Centre at