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ASTM to Host Workshop on Use of Absorbable Polymers for Medical Devices

The ASTM International medical and surgical materials and devices committee (F04) is sponsoring the Workshop on the Use of Absorbable Polymers for Medical Devices in May 2020.

The workshop will describe current and upcoming applications and trends in the use of absorbable polymers in medical devices, and provide a forum to discuss special considerations required of this material set. Its goal is to identify current technical and clinical issues, and pinpoint related needs for new standards that guide and address absorbable-specific considerations.

Researchers, regulators and industry representatives are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their work towards designing, developing or evaluating partially or entirely absorbable medical devices.

Specific topics of interest and potential standards development activities include:

  • Chemical, biological and physical evaluation of absorbable polymers and devices
  • Storage and preservation of absorbable polymeric products
  • Use and risks of additives in absorbable polymeric products
  • New materials development
  • Sterilization considerations