ASTM F1980 Accelerated Aging Testing

ASTM F1980 Accelerated Shelf-Life Testing of Sterile Barrier Systems

When applied to package validation and ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11607 guidelines, accelerated aging can aid in decreasing time to market a new product. Typical procedures and protocols may include ASTM F1980, ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2.

ASTM F1980 identifies the effects of time on the integrity of the sterile barrier system. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of accelerated aging of sterile barrier testing. Meeting the ASTM F1980 accelerated aging test requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

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Summary of ASTM F1980 Accelerated Aging Information

ASTM F1980 examines the physical properties of the component packaging materials. Furthermore, the ASTM F1980 protocol is also useful in determining and defending expiration dates.

On the other hand, the accelerated aging procedures address the passing of time on the sterility of a sterile barrier system (SBS). It cannot be used when evaluating factors such as environmental challenges, distribution, handling, or shipping. It is imperative that real-time aging studies are performed to confirm the results of ASTM F1980.

Scope of ASTM F1980 Sterile Barrier Systems Testing

Oftentimes, a sterile barrier system has an expiration date because sterility can no longer be guaranteed. Over time, the adhesive materials or cohesive bonds that maintain sterility begin to degrade and the package is compromised.

Before testing, it is important to understand some of the unique terms associated with this protocol. The most relevant terms include:

Accelerated Aging (AA)

Storage of samples at an elevated temperature in order to simulate real-time aging in a reduced amount of time.

Accelerated Aging Factor (AAF)

Estimated or calculated ratio of the time it takes the achieve the same level of physical change as it would in real-time conditions.

Accelerated Aging Temperature

The elevated temperature at which the aging test is conducted, it can be determined by real-life storage temperature, estimated usage temperature, or both.

Ambient Temperature

Storage temperature for real-time aging samples.

Sterile Barrier System Shelf Life

The amount of time that an SBS can be expected to stay in storage at the ambient temperature and maintain its sterility.

ASTM F1980 Testing for Accelerated Aging Testing Procedures

To begin testing, the laboratory will obtain the appropriate number of samples of the Sterile Barrier Systems. Additionally, the lab is equipped with a room (or cabinet) adequate in size so that the test specimen can be individually exposed to circulating air at the desired temperature and humidity.

Next, the aging temperature is set. This is typically determined based on real-life storage temperature, estimated usage temperature, and humidity conditions. Furthermore, The room is equipped with a control apparatus, hygrometer, and thermometer.

Samples are tested according to the theory that the chemical reactions that are involved in the deterioration of materials follow the Arrhenius equation reaction rate. This reaction rate can be used to increase temperature and cut down aging time.

At the conclusion of testing, the compliance laboratory will write a comprehensive report following the guidelines outlined in ASTM F1980. Information included in the report consist of:

  • Accelerated aging conditions: test temperature, humidity, cycle, ambient temperature
  • List of equipment used for the physical testing
  • Document of post-aging results

Significance of ASTM F1980 Accelerated Aging Testing

Why is ASTM F1980 Accelerated Aging Important? ASTM F1980 accelerated aging is important for several reasons.

Firstly, F1980 helps assess the long-term performance and durability of sterile barrier systems, such as medical packaging, by simulating the effects of time in a shorter period. This enables manufacturers to evaluate the integrity and reliability of their products and make informed decisions about their shelf life and expiration dates.

Additionally, accelerated aging testing conducted in compliance with ASTM F1980 is often required for regulatory compliance, ensuring that products meet industry standards and regulations for safety and efficacy.

Expert ASTM F1980 Accelerated Aging and Sterile Barrier Package Testing

Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. We can accommodate flexible and rigid packages of all sizes, including large pallets. Our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing.

Keystone Package has created an accelerated aging calculator to assist in the finding the number of days needed to perform testing. For more information, visit: Accelerated Aging Time Calculator

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