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Class 2 Device Recall Getinge Assure

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 Class 2 Recall
Getinge Assure
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Date Posted August 21, 2013
Recall Status1 Open
Recall Number Z-1994-2013
Recall Event ID 65866
Premarket Notification
510(K) Number
Product Classification Indicator, Biological Sterilization Process - Product Code FRC
Product Getinge Assure Accufast Biological Indicators, Catalog Number 61301606636 (50 Pack) and 61301606637 (100 Pack), STEAM --- Manufactured for: Getinge USA, Inc. 1777 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14623. Getinge Assure AccuFast Biological Indicators (BIs) are designed for biological testing of 121®C, 132®C, 134®C and 135®C steam sterilization cycles. The AccuFast BI is a self-contained biological indicator containing Geobacillus stearothermophilus inoculated on a paper carrier and placed in a plastic vial with a small glass ampule containing sterile culture medium. After activation, the plastic vial serves as a culture tube. The chemical indicator on the label changes from blue to black when exposed to steam, distinguishing exposed from unexposed units. This indicator does not indicate adequate sterilization.
Code Information LOT SR-430 (Expiration 02/06/2014)
Recalling Firm/
Getinge USA Inc
1777 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, New York 14623-3133
For Additional Information Contact Ms. Ann G. Wheeler
800-475-1400 Ext. 5026
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
AccuFast Biological Indicator Lot SR-430 may have been exposed to conditions affecting its viability. This could result in a false negative (or pass) when exposed to sub-lethal sterilization parameters.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
OTHER/UNDETERMINED: Under Investigation by the firm
Action GETINGE sent an DEVICE CORRECTION NOTICE letter dated July 31, 2013, and response forms were sent to customers on August 2, 2013, via Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested. The letters instruct customers to immediately discontinue use, quarantine, and destroy the affected lot. In addition, they instruct customers to: Check the appropriate box and record the quantity of affected unused product on the enclosed Correction Response Form OR If if they do not have any lots of affected unused inventory check the box indicating such. Destroy the unused product in accordance with your institution's policy and instructions for use. Record the method of destruction on the Correction Response Form. Be sure to include the Facility Name, Address, Contact Name and Phone Number. Sign, date and e-mail the form back to SR430responseform@getinge.com within 10 days or sooner of receiving this notice. Credit will be issued upon receipt of the Correction Response Form. Replacement product of unaffected lots is currently available. The warehouse shipping the affected lot is no longer being used (due to business decision, not as result of this recall). The current warehouse is maintaining the product in a controlled temperature segregated room away from any potential sterilants. If you have any questions regarding this notification please call 1-800-475-1400 ext. 5026.
Quantity in Commerce Catalog # 61301606636: 78 Packs (3900 BIs); Catalog # 61301606637: 43 Packs (4300 BIs)
Distribution Worldwide Distribution - USA and the country of Canada.
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
510(K) Database 510(K)s with Product Code = FRC and Original Applicant = SGM BIOTECH, INC.