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Recognized Consensus Standards: Medical Devices

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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 043 Date of Entry 06/27/2016 
FR Recognition Number 8-426
ASTM  F3087-15
Standard Specification for Acrylic Molding Resins for Medical Implant Applications
1.1 This specification covers acrylic resins supplied in virgin form (typically pellets, powder, or granules) for medical implant applications. The co-polymers are limited to random co-polymers. This specification provides requirements and associated test methods for this thermoplastic when it is intended for use in manufacturing implantable medical devices or components of medical devices.

1.1.1 While a variety of co-monomers may be used, the composition of the resin shall contain poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as its primary ingredient. Classification D788 defines an acrylic molding compound as "having at least 70% of the polymer polymerized from methyl methacrylate." The terms PMMA and acrylic as used herein refer generically to both the homopolymer and to co-polymers as defined above.

1.2 As with any material, some characteristics may be altered by the processing techniques (such as molding, extrusion, machining, sterilization, and so forth) required for the production of a specific part or device. Therefore, properties of fabricated forms of this resin should be evaluated using test methods that are appropriate to ensure safety and efficacy as agreed upon between the supplier, purchaser, and regulating bodies.

1.3 This specification allows for designation of acrylic resins for all medical implant applications. The actual extent of performance and suitability for a specific application shall be evaluated by the medical device manufacturer and regulating bodies.

1.4 The properties included in this specification are those applicable for both unfilled acrylic polymers and for formulated resins containing barium sulfate. Indicated properties (Table 1 and Table X3.1) are for unfilled injection molded forms. Forms containing fillers other than barium sulfate, colorants, polymer blends that contain PMMA, or reclaimed materials are not covered by this specification.

1.5 Compliance with this specification does not obviate the need for functional testing of any device fabricated from the resin to demonstrate effectiveness in its intended application.
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)*
Regulation Number Device Name Device Class Product Code
§878.3300 Prosthesis, Hip, Cement Restrictor Class 2 JDK
§878.3300 Cement Obturator Class 2 LZN
§888.3350 Prosthesis, Hip, Semi-Constrained, Metal/Polymer, Cemented Class 2 JDI
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications*
Class II Special Controls Guidance Document: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Bone Cement: July 17, 2002

Appropriate Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards in Premarket Submissions for Medical Devices - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff, issued September 2018.
FDA Technical Contact
 Jinrong (Jinny) Liu
Standards Development Organization
ASTM ASTM International http://www.astm.org/
FDA Specialty Task Group (STG)
*These are provided as examples and others may be applicable.