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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 046 Date of Entry 12/23/2016 
FR Recognition Number 11-317
ASTM F3129-16
Standard Guide for Characterization of Material Loss from Conical Taper Junctions in Total Joint Prostheses
1.1 This guide specifies a method to measure the surface and estimate the in-vivo material loss from the conical taper junctions, such as the femoral head/stem junction or adapter sleeve from explanted modular hip prosthesis, modular knee or shoulder joints. This guide is applicable to any articulating bearing material, stem material and conical taper . The principles in this guide may be applied to other designs of taper junction, such as the modular stem/neck junction found in some hip joints.

1.2 This guide covers the measurement of the surface and estimation of depth of material loss and volume of material loss and taper geometry using a Roundness Machine (1-4), Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) (5) and Optical Coordinate Measuring Machine (6, 7).2 Other measurement equipment may be used to measure the surface if the resolution and accuracy of the measurements are comparable with the instruments detailed in this standard. The measurement and analysis protocols should be based on those described in this standard.

Note 1: The maximum depth of material loss is sensitive to the number and spacing of data points.

1.3 The measurement techniques in this standard guide use measurements taken on the surface of the taper using stylus instruments. The material loss/corrosion mechanisms in the taper junction may lead to oxide layers or corrosion products deposited on the surface of the taper. These layers may lead to an underestimation of the volume of material loss.

1.4 The explants may have debris or biological deposits on the surfaces of the taper junctions. These deposits will prevent the measurement of the actual surface of the taper junction and their effect on the measurement must be considered when deciding the cleaning protocol. Normally, the taper surfaces will be cleaned before measurements are taken.
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.
FDA Technical Contact
 John Goode
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.