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ASTM Symposium leads to medical devices cleaning standard.

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Apr 15, 2016 - ASTM standard F3127, Guide for Validating Cleaning Lines for Medical Devices, is the result of a November 2011 symposium sponsored by ASTM on Cleaning Validation of Medical Devices. Standard will help medical device manufacturers collect sufficient data to demonstrate that they consistently clean devices to safe and effective level. Standard could also be helpful to regulatory agencies as a guide for expectations to which companies should be held.

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ASTM Symposium Leads to New Medical Devices Cleaning Standard

Press release date: Apr 13, 2016

A new ASTM International standard will help medical device manufacturers collect sufficient data to demonstrate that they consistently clean medical devices to a safe and effective level.

The new standard (soon to be published as F3127, Guide for Validating Cleaning Lines for Medical Devices) is the result of a November 2011 symposium sponsored by ASTM on Cleaning Validation of Medical Devices. At the end of the symposium, organized by ASTM member Stephen Spiegelberg, Cambridge Polymer Group, there was consensus among attendees that a strong need existed for a guide that validates a standardized level of cleaning.

According to ASTM member Randall J. Thoma, principal consultant, VeeSquared Consulting Services, the new standard is relevant because, “society expects medical devices to improve quality of life. If there is a negative impact on quality of life because a device is not cleaned appropriately, then the patient is not helped.”

While medical device manufacturers will be the main users of the new standard, it could also be helpful to regulatory agencies as a guide for expectations to which companies should be held. Laboratories and consultants could also use the standard as a way to support device manufacturers.

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ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices Next Meeting: May 3-5, 2016, May Committee Week
Media Inquiries: Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602; dbergels@astm.org
Technical Contact: Randall J. Thoma, Ph.D., VeeSquared Consulting Services, Round Rock, Texas, tel +1.512.924.3832; randy.thoma@VeeSquared.com
ASTM Staff Contact: Pat Picariello, tel +1.610.832.9720; ppicariello@astm.org