The term bioburden is used to describe the population Bioburden is the sum of the microbial contributions Furthermore the EN ISO does not. Bioburden Testing – ISO Biological Certified Lab. Gibraltar Laboratories Follows the Bioburden Testing Procedure Described in ISO A new version of the ISO document regarding bioburden testing was recently published. Its designation is ANSI/AAMI/ISO.

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An Examination booburden Converting, Labeling, and Printing. Image courtesy of Nelson Laboratories. Manufacturers need to understand the potential contribution to product bioburden that packaging can make.

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Having this information, with the example and ideas on improving LODs, is a benefit to the industry. The Shrinking Supply Chain.

This means any transfer of microorganisms that could occur on product used on patients will also occur on product used for testing; thus, any microbiological contribution of packaging is accounted for. Table of Responsibilities Although compliance with device standards is ultimately the responsibility of the manufacturer, there has been confusion in the industry regarding where some responsibilities lay. Testing of Packaging The previous version of the standard was missing guidance regarding whether product packaging should be tested for bioburden or not.

The importance biobuurden performing recovery efficiency testing has always been included, and is still represented in the version, but some details were added and some changes were made. Regulators are raising the testing bar by is the rationale behind verification efforts. Neither variable is consistent in different circumstances, bioburdej they are not easily explainable with the laws of physics. Both traditional and advanced prototyping technologies are seeing increased use to get products to market faster.

Bioburden Testing ISO 11737

This is because inhibitory substances sometimes do not inactivate or kill the microorganisms; they merely inhibit them from replicating. In most cases, assistance and information from both sides is the best approach. Determination of a population of microorganisms on products. The intent behind that test is identical to the bioburden method suitability test.


Averages or other mathematical calculations using bioburden data are typically reported to one decimal place. Finding Balance by Design. Since guidance on this topic was excluded from the standard, some manufacturers performed routine bioburden testing for all inner packaging. This same requirement was added to 7. Although the spread plate is faster and easier, if zero colonies are detected on the plate, the results would be reported as less-than 50 CFU i.

It is important to note it is not required that companies establish a desired recovery efficiency for each product type. This addition gives manufacturers more flexibility than what was allowed in the previous version. The 50 percent value was arbitrarily selected and not based on data. The additions are specifically written so that a manufacturer might choose to omit performing the bioburden method suitability test if they have a detailed understanding of all components and manufacturing processes relating to their product.

Some in the industry believed that routine testing of all interior packaging was required e. Information on reviewing recovery efficiency data is provided in sections C. Typically, it is sufficient to perform a bioburden determination on a product after its removal from its packaging system and to omit the packaging system from the determination.

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This table indicates where collaborative efforts between the manufacturer and the testing lab would ensure the best testing method is utilized for the product in question.

Successfully navigating the maze of foreign medtech regulations requires diligence and proactive planning. Some might say that swabbing could be used to remedy that issue. Packaging design that exceeds its basic, but critical, goals can bring financial benefits to a company. Individual bioburden results are reported in whole numbers because the number is representative of a colony forming unit. The intent of Section 8. Designing from Finish to Start. Use of this constitutes acceptance of our privacy policy The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Rodman Media.


Though the document has a number of changes, this article will highlight the top five things manufacturers need to know. Machining specialists invest biiburden the accuracy of lasers while taking advantage of improved traditional options.

Cookies help us to provide you with an excellent service. Depending upon the sterile label claim, internal packaging components, such as a tray or product insert, may need to be tested based upon factors such as: When there is biobkrden cost but little or no true benefit, continued use of the practice should be questioned.

Additive Manufacturing in Medtech Deciphering Dosage: Bioburden testing is not meant to be an exact science, such as analytical chemistry, because the bioburden test involves two variables that are sometimes 17137 quantifiable.

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In 11737 effort to correct this practice, guidance was added to section A. Whereas, specification of acceptable bioburden levels and trending are the responsibility of the manufacturer and items such as preparation and sterilization of materials and microbial characterization are laboratory responsibilities.

This is almost always best practice, but it does add cost to the testing.