ASTM E1564 - 00(2006)

    Standard Guide for Design and Maintenance of Low-Temperature Storage Facilities for Maintaining Cryopreserved Biological Materials

    Active Standard ASTM E1564 | Developed by Subcommittee: E55.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    The proper design of low-temperature storage facilities ensures that sensitive biological materials are maintained under conditions providing maximum storage stability.

    Properly designed and operated low-temperature storage facilities ensure that the handling of sensitive biological materials at low temperatures does not compromise stability (see Guide E 1565).

    Properly designed low-temperature storage facilities ensure that adequate safeguards are provided to prevent untoward events from compromising the stability of sensitive biological materials.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers recommended procedures for developing and maintaining low-temperature storage facilities for freezers with mechanical refrigeration.

    1.2 This guide covers recommended procedures for developing and maintaining low-temperature storage facilities for freezers cooled with liquid nitrogen.

    1.3 This guide does not cover practices for preservation by freezing which are covered in Practice E 1342.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.

    This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1342 Practice for Preservation by Freezing, Freeze-Drying, and Low Temperature Maintenance of Bacteria, Fungi, Protista, Viruses, Genetic Elements, and Animal and Plant Tissues

    E1565 Guide for Inventory Control and Handling of Biological Material Maintained at Low Temperatures

    E1566 Guide for Handling Hazardous Biological Materials in Liquid Nitrogen


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 07.080 (Biology. Botany. Zoology); 27.200 (Refrigerating technology)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 60104000(Biotechnology and bio chemistry and genetics and microbiology and related materials); 24130000(Industrial refrigeration)


    DOI: 10.1520/E1564-00R06

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