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. Scope of ASTM F • Significance and Use. • Understanding Accelerated Theory & Rationale. • Tolerances and Precision. • Cautions Using Accelerated.

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Define aging test time intervals including time zero. Select the Q10 value Define the desired shelf life of the package marketing and product needs, etc. Stability testing using accelerated aging protocols shall be regarded as sufficient evidence for axtm expiry date until data from real time aging studies are available.

Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. Accelerated aging studies can provide an alternative means. The resulting creation of an adtm date or shelf life is based on the use of a conservative estimate of the aging factor for example, Q 10 and is t1980 until the results of real time aging studies are completed on the sterile barrier system.

However, due to market conditions in which products become obsolete in a short time, and the need to get new products to market in the shortest possible time, real time aging studies do not meet this objective.


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The sterile barrier system material and device interaction compatibility that may be required for new product development or the resulting evaluation is not addressed in this guide. Real time studies must be carried out to the claimed shelf life of the product and be performed to their completion. Extracted information from ASTM F testing may be used to support expiration date claims for medical device sterile barrier systems.

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Evaluate package, or package performance, or both, after real time aging relative to the initial package requirements. More aggressive AAFs may be used with documented evidence to show a correlation between real time and accelerated aging. Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard.

The sterile barrier system shall maintain sterility to the point of use or until the expiry date. In parallel, age samples at real-life aging conditions TRT. 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.


Define package material properties, seal strength and integrity tests, sample sizes, and acceptance criteria. 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.


Stability testing shall demonstrate that the sterile barrier system maintains integrity over time.


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ASTM F procedure for accelerated aging is comprised of the following: Determining AAFs are beyond the scope of this guide. 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 xstm year, two years, aetm.

ASTM-F – Accelerated Aging – Medical Package Testing

To ensure that accelerated aging studies do truly represent real time effects, real time aging studies must be conducted in parallel to accelerated studies. 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. Age samples at TAA.