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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 046 Date of Entry 12/23/2016 
FR Recognition Number 14-497
Standard
ASTM F1980-16
Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices
Scope/Abstract
1.1 This guide provides information for developing accelerated aging protocols to rapidly determine the effects, if any, due to the passage of time on the sterile integrity of the sterile barrier system (SBS), as defined in ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11607-1:2006 and the physical properties of their component packaging materials.
1.2 Information obtained using this guide may be used to support expiration date claims for medical device sterile barrier systems.
1.3 The accelerated aging guideline addresses the sterile barrier systems in whole with or without devices. The sterile barrier system material and device interaction compatibility that may be required for new product development or the resulting evaluation is not addressed in this guide.
1.4 Real-time aging protocols are not addressed in this guide; however, it is essential that real-time aging studies be performed to confirm the accelerated aging test results using the same methods of evaluation.
1.5 Methods used for sterile barrier system validation, which include the machine process, the effects of the sterilization process, environmental challenge, distribution, handling, and shipping events, are beyond the scope of this 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.
Transition Period
FDA recognition of ASTM F1980-16 [Rec# 14-497] will be superseded by recognition of ASTM F1980-21 [Rec# 14-575]. FDA will accept declarations of conformity, in support of premarket submissions, to [Rec# 14-497] until July 9, 2023. After this transition period, declarations of conformity to [Rec# 14-497] will not be accepted.
Public Law, CFR Citation(s) and Procode(s)*
This standard is relevant for all medical devices where sterilization and packaging are components of the development and manufacture of the product.
Relevant FDA Guidance and/or Supportive Publications*
1. ISO 11607-1 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Part 1: Requirements for materials, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems.

2. ISO 11607-2 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Part 2: Validation requirements for forming, sealing and assembly processes.

3. ISO/TS 16775 First edition 2014-05-15 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Guidance on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2.

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
 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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