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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 052 Date of Entry 07/15/2019 
FR Recognition Number 14-532
Standard
ASTM F3287-17e1
Standard Test Method for Nondestructive Detection of Leaks in Packages by Mass Extraction Method
Scope/Abstract
1.1 This method provides a nondestructive means to detect holes (leaks) in a variety of non-porous rigid and semi-rigid packages.
1.2 This test method detects package leaks by measuring the mass flow extracted from a package while the package is enclosed inside an evacuated test chamber. The test system is a closed system during the leakage measurement portion of the test cycle. The closed system includes a vacuum reservoir, Intelligent Molecular Flow Sensor (IMFS), and vacuum test chamber. Mass extracted from the test package into the vacuum test chamber flows to the vacuum reservoir through the IMFS to equalize the system. Mass flow rate from the vacuum chamber to the vacuum reservoir is measured by the IMFS. Based on the conservation of mass law, mass flow into the closed system is equal to the mass loss from the test package. The test system is capable of producing quantitative (variable data) or qualitative (pass/fail) results depending on the requirements.
1.2.1 Headspace gas leakage defects equivalent to a 1µm diameter glass micropipette (sharp edge defect) can be detected at a 95% confidence level.
1.2.2 Liquid leakage defects equivalent to a 1µm diameter glass micropipette can be detected at a 95% confidence level for glass vials and LDPE bottles. Liquid leakage defects equivalent to a 2 µm diameter glass micropipette can be detected for glass syringes.
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*
ISO 11607-1 First edition 2006-04-15 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Part 1: Requirements for materials, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems [Including: Amendment 1 (2014).

ISO 11607-2 First edition 2006-04-15 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Part 2: Validation requirements for forming, sealing and assembly processes [Including: Amendment 1 (2014)].
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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