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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 036 Date of Recognition 07/09/2014 
FR Recognition Number 14-256
Standard
ASTM F2095-07 (Reapproved 2013)
Standard Test Methods for Pressure Decay Leak Test for Nonporous Flexible Packages With and Without Restraining Plates
Scope/Abstract
1.1 These test methods cover the measurement of leaks in nonporous film, foil, or laminate flexible pouches and foil-sealed trays, which may be empty or enclose solid product. If product is enclosed, seals or surfaces cannot be in contact with water, oils, or other liquid.

1.2 These test methods will detect leaks at a rate of 1 × 10−4 sccs (standard cubic centimetres per second) or greater, in flexible packages. The limitation of leak rate is dependent on package volume as tested.

1.3 The following test methods are included:

1.3.1 Test Method A-Pressure Decay Leak Test for Flexible Packages Without Restraining Plates

1.3.2 Test Method B-Pressure Decay Leak Test for Flexible Packages With Restraining Plates

1.4 These test methods are destructive in that they require entry into the package to supply an internal pressure of gas, typically air or nitrogen, although other gases may be used. The entry connection into the flexible package must be leak-tight.

Extent of Recognition
Complete standard
Rationale for Recognition
This standard is relevant to medical devices and is recognized on its scientific and technical merit and/or because it supports existing regulatory policies.
Public Law, CFR Citation(s) and Procode(s)
This standard is relevant for all medical devices where sterilization and packaging are components of the development and manufacture of the product.
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications
ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11607-1:2006(R2010) Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Part 1: Requirements for materials, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems [Including: Amendment 1 (2014)].

ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11607-2:2006(R2010) Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Part 2: Validation requirements for forming, sealing and assembly process [Including: Amendment 1 (2014)].

ANSI/AAMI/ISO TIR16775:2014 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Guidance on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2
FDA Technical Contact
 Patrick Weixel
  FDA/OMPT/CDRH/OIR/DRH/
  301-796-5537
  Patrick.Weixel@fda.hhs.gov
Standards Development Organization
ASTM ASTM International http://www.astm.org/
FDA Specialty Task Group (STG)
Sterility
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