WASHINGTON—The Flexible Packaging Association has developed standard test methods for converters and medical device makers to determine if a sterile medical device package meets quality requirements.
The tests were designed to eliminate confusion created when converters and customers use incompatible methods.
``These methods will be extremely useful to coordinate the testing and consistency of results obtained by the packaging manufacturers and medical device manufacturers,'' said Bill Daly, president of Beacon Converters Inc. and chairman of FPA's Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council.
Some of the standards include testing the average peel strength of flexible barrier materials, checking seal integrity using the dye penetration method and testing the maximum seal strength of flexible barrier materials.
FPA, based in Washington, has 150 member companies that convert or supply plastic film, paper or aluminum foil.