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December 19, 2012 - Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices workshop (November 12, 2013 – Jacksonville, FL) will offer forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on needs for related characterization and standardized testing. Primary focus is to address unmet standardization needs and help establish best testing practices in 4 areas. Each topic of interest, introduced by keynote, will be followed by invited speakers and discussion of elements.

ASTM International Workshop on Total Joint Replacement Devices Will Be Held in 2013

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ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Dr., Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

Press release date: December 14, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – A workshop on Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices will be held Nov. 12, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Fla. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committee.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on the needs for characterization and standardized testing related to modularity and tapers used in total joint replacement devices. The main focus of this workshop is to address unmet standardization needs and to help establish best testing practices in the following four areas:
• Characterization of adverse local tissue reactions;
• Advancements in in-vitro models for taper corrosion;
• Retrieval analyses of retrieved modular implant interfaces; and
• Taper connections.

Each topic of interest will be introduced by a keynote outlining the unmet clinical need for standardization. Following clinical motivation provided by the keynote, invited speakers will present methodological innovations relevant to the key topic. Finally, the treatment of each topic of interest will be concluded by a discussion of elements in each presentation that merit consideration for standardization.
Online registration will open approximately eight weeks before the workshop. Visit for additional information.

Additional technical information is available from workshop co-chairmen Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., Exponent Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. (phone: 215-594-8851;; William Mihalko, M.D., Ph.D., Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics, Memphis, Tenn. (phone: 901-759-5512;; Jack Lemons, Ph.D., University of Alabama- Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, Ala. (phone: 205-934-9206;; A. Seth Greenwald, D. Phil (Oxon), Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, Cleveland, Ohio (phone: 216-523-7004; ).

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

ASTM Staff Contact: Hannah Sparks, Phone: 610-832-9677;
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