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Recognized Consensus Standards: Medical Devices

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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 057 Date of Entry 12/20/2021 
FR Recognition Number 8-574
ASTM  F2820-12(2021)e1
Standard Specification for Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) Polymers for Surgical Implant Applications
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
§888.3030 Plate, Fixation, Bone Class 2 HRS
§888.3030 Device, Fixation, Proximal Femoral, Implant Class 2 JDO
§888.3030 Condylar Plate Fixation Implant Class 2 JDP
§888.3030 Appliance, Fixation, Nail/Blade/Plate Combination, Multiple Component Class 2 KTT
§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 Appliance, Fixation, Nail/Blade/Plate Combination, Multiple Component, Metal Composite Class 2 LXT
§888.3040 Screw, Fixation, Bone Class 2 HWC
§888.3060 Spinal Vertebral Body Replacement Device Class 2 MQP
§888.3070 Orthosis, Spondylolisthesis Spinal Fixation Class 2 MNH
§888.3070 Orthosis, Spinal Pedicle Fixation Class 2 MNI
§888.3070 Thoracolumbosacral Pedicle Screw System Class 2 NKB
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications*
Guidance Document for Testing Non-Articulating, 'Mechanically Locked,' Modular Implant Components, Issued May 1995

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

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

Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Class II Special Controls Guidance Document: Intervertebral Body Fusion Device, Issued June 2007.

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
 Jinrong (Jinny) Liu
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.