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Part B: Supplementary Information Sheet (SIS)
FR Recognition List Number 054 Date of Entry 07/06/2020 
FR Recognition Number 14-540
Standard
ISO 11737-2 Third edition 2019-12
Sterilization of medical devices - Microbiological methods - Part 2: Tests of sterility performed in the definition, validation and maintenance of a sterilization process
U.S. Identical Adoption
ANSI AAMI ISO 11737-2:2019
Sterilization of medical devices - Microbiological methods - Part 2: Tests of sterility performed in the definition, validation and maintenance of a sterilization process
Scope/Abstract
1.1 This document specifies the general criteria for tests of sterility on medical devices that have been exposed to a treatment with the sterilizing agent which has been reduced relative to that anticipated to be used in routine sterilization processing. These tests are intended to be performed when defining, validating or maintaining a sterilization process.
1.2 This document is not applicable to:
a) sterility testing for routine release of product that has been subjected to a sterilization process,
b) performing a test for sterility (see 3.12),
NOTE 1 The performance of a) or b) is not a requirement of ISO 11135, ISO 11137-1, ISO 11137-2, ISO 14160, ISO 14937, ISO 17665-1 or ISO 20857.
c) test of sterility or test for sterility for demonstration of product shelf life, stability and/or package integrity, and
d) culturing of biological indicators or inoculated products.
NOTE 2 Guidance on culturing biological indicators is included in ISO 11138-7.
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 11737-1 Second edition 2006-04-01 Sterilization of medical devices - Microbiological methods - Part 1: Determination of a population of microorganisms on products [Including: Technical Corrigendum 1 (2007)].
FDA Technical Contacts
 Poulomi Nandy
  FDA/OC/CDRH/OPEQ/OHTIII/DHTIIIB/
  301-796-7048
  Poulomi.Nandy@fda.hhs.gov
 Angel Soler-Garcia
  FDA/OC/CDRH/OPEQ/OHTIII/DHTIIIB/
  301-796-6535
  Angel.Soler-Garcia@fda.hhs.gov
Standards Development Organization
ISO International Organization for Standardization https://www.iso.org/
FDA Specialty Task Group (STG)
Sterility
*These are provided as examples and others may be applicable.
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