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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 052 Date of Entry 07/15/2019 
FR Recognition Number 14-527
Standard
ASTM F2638-18
Standard Test Method for Using Aerosol Filtration for Measuring the Performance of Porous Packaging Materials as a Surrogate Microbial Barrier
Scope/Abstract
1.1 This test method measures the aerosol filtration performance of porous packaging materials by creating a defined aerosol of 1.0 μm particles and assessing the filtration efficiency of the material using either single or dual particle counters.
1.2 This test method is applicable to porous materials used to package terminally sterilized medical devices.
1.3 The intent of this test apparatus is to determine the flow rate through a material at which maximum penetration occurs.
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*
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/OC/CDRH/OPEQ/OIDRH/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
*These are provided as examples and others may be applicable.
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