ASTM International - ASTM F1980-99e1
Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Medical Device Packages
|Publication Date:||10 January 2002|
|ICS Code (Sterilized packaging):||11.080.30|
1.1 This guide provides information for developing accelerated aging protocols to rapidly determine the effects, if any, due to the passage of time and environmental effects on the sterile integrity of packages and the physical properties of their component packaging materials.
1.2 Information obtained using this guide may be used to support expiration date claims for medical device packages.
1.3 The accelerated aging guideline addresses the primary medical package in whole and does not address the package and product interaction or compatibility that may be required for new product development. Package and product compatibility and interactions should be addressed as a material analysis process before package design.
1.4 Real-time aging protocols are not addressed in this guide; however, it is essential that real-time aging studies be performed to confirm the accelerated aging test results using the same methods of evaluation.
1.5 Methods used for package process validation, which include the machine process, the effects of the sterilization process, distribution, handling, and shipping events, are beyond the scope of this guide.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.