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December 17, 2013 - Presentations are invited for workshop on the Use of Additives in Biomedical Polymers to be held May 6, 2014. Workshop aims to elicit discussion on benefits, potential hazards, testing, regulatory considerations, and opportunities for standard activities related to intentionally incorporated additives in biomedical polymers. Some topics for abstract submissions include: colorants; radiopacifiers;  elutables, extractables, and leachables; radiolabels; nanomaterials; and failure mechanisms.

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ASTM International Invites Presentations for Workshop on the Use of Additives in Biomedical Polymers

Press release date: December 12, 2013

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., —Presentations are invited for a workshop on the Use of Additives in Biomedical Polymers to be held May 6, 2014, at the Sheraton Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, the workshop will be held in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committee.

This workshop is intended to elicit discussion on the benefits, potential hazards, testing, regulatory considerations and opportunities for standard activities related to intentionally incorporated additives in biomedical polymers. The topic of antioxidant stabilizers for highly cross-linked UHMWPE will be excluded because of previous workshops dealing with that topic. Topics for abstract submissions include:
• Colorants;
• Radiopacifiers;
• Elutables, extractables and leachables;
• Additives in absorbable polymers;
• Radiolabels;
• Nanomaterials;
• Failure mechanisms;
• Regulatory requirements on additives; and
• Analytical testing.

To participate in the workshop, presenters must submit a 250-300 word preliminary abstract by March 1, 2014, to Jon Moseley at jon.moseley@wmt.com. Visit www.astm.org/F04Wrkshp5-2014 for the full list of topics.

Additional technical information is available from workshop co-chairmen Jon Moseley, Wright Medical Tech Inc., Arlington, Tenn. (phone: 901-867-4414; jon.moseley@wmt.com);  Stephen Spiegelberg, Cambridge Polymer Group Inc., Boston, Mass. (phone: 617-629-4400; stephen.spiegelberg@campoly.com);  Hany Demian, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md. (phone: 301-796-6420; hany.demian@fda.hhs.gov); and Boopathy Dhanapal, Zimmer GmbH, Winterthur, Switzerland
(phone: 41-52-262-51-49; dhanapal@zimmer.com).

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; hsparks@astm.org

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