ASTM F1980 Accelerated Aging Medical Devices

Testing Standard for ASTM F1980:

ASTM F1980 Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems and Medical Devices

Overview for ASTM F1980:

ASTM F1980 is a guide that provides information for developing accelerated aging protocols to rapidly determine if there are any effects due to the passing of time on a sterile integrity of a sterile barrier system (SBS). Information in this guide can be used to support expiration date claims for medical device sterile barrier systems. Purple Diamond Testing offers this method of testing as part of our packaging compliance and validation services. ASTM F1980 is a specific accelerated aging test protocol set forth by ASTM International. 


Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices. Its intended use is to observe the loss of the sterile barrier systems integrity which may occur as a result of physical properties of the materials and adhesive or cohesive bonds degrading over time by dynamic events. This method is usually conducted along with seal strength or other qualitative methods for package validation. ASTM International recommends that the use of controlled humidity during accelerated aging be considered, thoroughly documented, and used during testing.

Purple Diamond has the accreditation to provide all of the humidity and temperature accelerated aging findings for your products, according to ANAB. ANAB provides laboratory accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 and many other laboratory related programs. In order to have become certified, Purple Diamond had to pass all assessments as they relate to customer needs as well as ISO/IEC 17025 industry standards. The organization does their absolute best to make sure that the third-party testing centers continuously uphold all technical, mechanical, and calibration standards in the laboratory space as well as management system.

Testing Methods such as the ASTM F1980 Standard for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems and Medical Devices. A specific test including this method is accelerated aging. Specific equipment used in order to uphold to the standard and that includes key temperature and humidity chambers. The entire procedure is not normally done in-house due to how much time, effort, and money goes in to this specific test method. The process itself involves the delicate and pervasive pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In accelerated aging tests for medical devices, a material or Sterile Barrier System is put under elevated temperatures for a indicative amount of time. By exposing the materials and packaged product to extreme conditions in a finite amount of time, engineers can evaluate how a product will fair in it’s aging under normal conditions. It’s from this information that our engineers, and technical experts, can ultimately determine the shelf-life, durability, and stability of a product. The aging process is based on temperature and reaction rate, scientifically speaking. 

The ASTM 1980 standard suggests using an accelerated aging temperature below 60 degrees Celsius. You may want to age your product as a greater temperature in order to provide the advantage of producing findings sooner, however the products being tested are very sensitive, such as medical devices. These kinds of processes and studies may take more time than wished upon. The last thing you want is for the actual medical device to change or shape due to unnecessarily high or low temperatures. Let is be known though, that our experts finding out how your product or service may be affected by periods of high or low humidity is a good place to start when choosing an accelerated aging temperature. The best humidity used is dependent upon the materials used during the manufacturing process. It is important to disclose any and all information pertaining to the manufacturing before the testing begins.

Purple Diamond has multiple humidity chambers here on-site to fit your biological and pharma needs. We are equipped to handle all of your testing for accelerated aging of sterile barrier systems and medical devices. Our technicians are happy to provide you a no-obligation consultation in order to work out any questions before getting started. The next step would be to send a sample or two on over to our location to begin testing right away! Read on for more information about ASTM F1980.

Testing of your product samples is not over after the testing of ASTM F1980 is complete. Next, comes testing the physical components of the sample provided to see how it faired under the different humidity and temperature levels. Package integrity will also be looked at and taken into consideration by performing Burst, Bubble, Dye and Peel Testing. Testing will need to be done according to what the shelf-life is displayed on the original packaging. Detailed accounts of the post-aging process will be noted and taken in to consideration. If needed, our engineers can make adjustments to your packaging containers, your design, etc. We will make the adjustments in order to make it possible for your product to be ready to be placed on the market. Each product out there in the market is different and has it’s own signature as far as reactions go, as Purple Diamond experts are very much aware of that. Recommendations, detailed reports, capabilities, and next steps will always be made on how to move forward. 

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