Below is a statement issued by NHSI:
As you are aware NHSI have a working group currently updating the National Standards for Healthcare Cleanliness which were due to be released in September 2018. The group has taken the view that we need to add in additional evidence and carry out a pilot at some test sites from each sector within healthcare. With this in mind it will not be possible to release the new standards until March 2019. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause but feel that the new standards need to be robust and tested to ensure ease of use and clarity for all.