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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 043 Date of Recognition 06/27/2016 
FR Recognition Number 8-425
Standard
ASTM F2820-12
Standard Specification for Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) Polymers for Surgical Implant Applications
Scope/Abstract
1.1 This specification covers virgin polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymer resin as supplied by a vendor (for example, in pellets, powder, and fabricated forms). It provides requirements and associated test methods for these thermoplastics when they are to be used in the manufacture of intracorporeal devices such as surgical implants or components of surgical or dental devices.

1.2 As with any material, some characteristics may be altered by the processing techniques (for example, molding, extrusion, machining, assembly, and sterilization) required for the production of a specific part or device. Therefore, properties of fabricated forms of these polymers should be evaluated using test methods which are appropriate to ensure safety and efficacy as agreed upon by the vendor, purchaser, and regulating bodies. With reduced crystallinity, certain polymers have been shown to be more susceptible to environmental stress cracking. Depending upon the implant application, the end user should characterize the material for environmental stress cracking resistance.

1.3 The properties included in this specification are those applicable for PEKK polymers only. Indicated properties are for fabricated forms. Fabricated forms and materials containing colorants, fillers, processing aids, or other additives, as well as polymer blends which contain PEKK, or reclaimed materials are not covered by this specification.

1.4 This specification is designed to recommend physical, chemical, and biological test methods to establish a reasonable level of confidence concerning the performance of virgin PEKK polymers for use in medical implant devices. The properties listed should be considered in selecting material(s) in accordance with the specific end-use requirements.

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
§888.3070 Orthosis, Spinal Pedicle Fixation Class 2 MNI
§888.3070 Orthosis, Spondylolisthesis Spinal Fixation Class 2 MNH
§888.3070 Thoracolumbosacral Pedicle Screw System Class 2 NKB
§888.3060 Spinal Vertebral Body Replacement Device Class 2 MQP
§888.3040 Screw, Fixation, Bone Class 2 HWC
§888.3030 Appliance, Fixation, Nail/Blade/Plate Combination, Multiple Component Class 2 KTT
§888.3030 Appliance, Fixation, Nail/Blade/Plate Combination, Multiple Component, Metal Composite Class 2 LXT
§888.3030 Appliance, Fixation, Nail/Blade/Plate Combination, Single Component Class 2 KTW
§888.3030 Appliance, Nail/Blade/Plate Combination, Single Component Class 2 KWK
§888.3030 Condylar Plate Fixation Implant Class 2 JDP
§888.3030 Device, Fixation, Proximal Femoral, Implant Class 2 JDO
§888.3030 Plate, Fixation, Bone Class 2 HRS
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications
Guidance Document for Testing Non-Articulating, 'Mechanically Locked,' Modular Implant Components, May 1, 1995

Guidance for Industry and/or FDA Staff: Guidance Document for the Preparation of IDEs for Spinal Systems, January 13, 2000

Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Spinal System 510(k)s, May 3, 2004

Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff - Class II Special Controls Guidance Document: Intervertebral Body Fusion Device, June 12, 2007.
Standards Development Organization
ASTM ASTM International http://www.astm.org/
FDA Specialty Task Group (STG)
Materials
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