Sep 20 – 21, 2023
Tollestrup Auditorium
America/Chicago timezone

Packaging & Sterilization - Kiip, Srun & Blom

Sep 20, 2023, 9:40 AM
Tollestrup Auditorium

Tollestrup Auditorium


It is known that radiation sterilization can result in degradation of certain materials, and of particular concern is molecular changes to the polymers. Because of this, aging studies are typically required for most medical devices and their packaging. However, even though most packaging materials have been well characterized and studied, and there are no known cases where packaging has failed due to shelf life concerns, most medical device companies spend significant time and resources to perform aging studies on their product and packaging. It is known that the presence of antioxidants in a polymer formulation inhibits the degradation that can occur after exposure to radiation. Instead of focusing solely on performing aging studies on every device and packaging combination, we are proposing an alternative approach where device manufacturers could characterize and test their materials for the presence of anti-oxidants as a predictor of material degradation over time. In addition to discussing the science behind this topic, we will also be discussing how we plan to use effective means of collaboration to achieve our goals.

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