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ASTM F offers multiple aging protocols to determine the effects of time on the sterile integrity and the physical properties of medical packaging. The ASTM F guide provides documentation for developing accelerated aging protocols to promptly determine the effects, if any at all, due to the passage of. 1 Mar Time versus Temperature. – Relationship. – Affects on products. • Case Studies. • ASTM F – Changes to revision. • Real Time Aging.

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ASTM-F – Accelerated Aging – Medical Package Testing

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. ASTM-F Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices The introduction of new or modified products to the marketplace requires the assurance that they can be stored for an extended period one year, two years, etc.

G1980 sterile barrier system material and device interaction compatibility that may d1980 required for new product development or the resulting evaluation is not addressed in this guide. Stability testing shall demonstrate that the sterile barrier system maintains integrity over time.

The sterile barrier system shall maintain sterility to the point of use or until the expiry date. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.


Refer to Practice D for standard conditions that may be used to challenge the sterile barrier system to realistic extremes in temperature and humidity conditions. ASTM F procedure for accelerated aging is comprised of the following: Determining AAFs are beyond the scope of this guide.


Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard. Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

Select the Q10 value Define the desired shelf life of the package marketing and product needs, etc. Extracted information from ASTM F testing may be used to support expiration date claims for medical device sterile barrier systems. However, due to market conditions in which products become obsolete in a short time, and the need to get new products to market adtm the shortest possible time, real time aging studies do not meet this objective.

Evaluate the package performance after accelerated aging relative to the initial package requirements.

ASTM F – 02 Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Medical Device Packages

The resulting creation of an expiration date or shelf life is based on the use of a conservative estimate of the aging factor for example, Q 10 and is tentative until the results of real time aging studies are completed on the sterile barrier system. Age samples at TAA. Real time studies must be carried out to the claimed shelf life atm the product and be performed to their completion.


Define aging test time intervals including time zero. In parallel, age samples at real-life aging conditions TRT.

Stability testing using accelerated aging protocols shall be regarded as sufficient evidence for claimed expiry aatm until data from real time aging studies are available. For more information visit www. Define package material properties, seal strength and integrity tests, sample sizes, and acceptance criteria.

Accelerated aging studies can provide an alternative means. Evaluate package, or package performance, or both, after real time aging relative to the initial package requirements.

Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. To ensure that accelerated aging studies do truly represent real time effects, real time aging studies must be conducted in parallel to accelerated studies.

Try out our Accelerated Aging Calculator! More aggressive AAFs may be used with documented evidence to show a correlation between real time and r1980 aging.

The introduction of new or modified products to the marketplace requires the assurance that they can be stored for an extended period one year, two years, etc.