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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 046 Date of Entry 12/23/2016 
FR Recognition Number 8-442
Standard
ASTM F3127-16
Standard Guide for Validating Cleaning Processes Used During the Manufacture of Medical Devices
Scope/Abstract
1.1 This guide provides considerations for validating cleaning processes for medical devices during initial fabrication and assembly prior to initial use. Validated cleaning processes are important for achieving consistency in function and consistency in biocompatibility. The considerations include but are not limited to, validation approach, equipment design, procedures and documentation, analytical methods, sampling, development of limits, and other issues.

1.2 Inclusions:

1.2.1 This guide describes the validation of critical cleaning processes for medical devices to reduce contaminants to acceptable levels prior to packaging.

1.3 Exclusions:

1.3.1 Reusable medical devices.

1.3.1.1 Validation of cleaning operations for reusable medical devices is not within the scope of this standard guide. Although cleaning of reusable medical devices is beyond the scope of this guide, many of the principles outlined in this guide may be applicable to the validation of cleaning operations for reusable devices.

1.3.2 Cleaning of medical devices in health care facilities.

1.3.2.1 Validation of cleaning processes in patient/health care facilities is not within the scope of this standard guide.
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.
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications*
Appropriate Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards in Premarket Submissions for Medical Devices - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff, issued September 2018.
Standards Development Organization
ASTM ASTM International http://www.astm.org/
FDA Specialty Task Group (STG)
Materials
*These are provided as examples and others may be applicable.
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