ASTM E1565 - 00(2006)

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

    Active Standard ASTM E1565 | Developed by Subcommittee: E55.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    ASTM E1565

    Significance and Use

    The proper handling of material stored at low temperatures ensures that the stability of sensitive biological materials is not comprised.

    Properly designed inventory control systems ensure the maximum use of freezer space, that all material can be located easily, and that any item is retrieved easily without compromising the stability of other items in the freezer.

    Properly designed safety and security procedures ensure that material stored at low temperatures is not comprised during storage, and that if material is lost due to freezer failure or operational problems, replacement material is available (see Guide E 1566).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers recommended procedures for handling material stored at low temperatures in mechanical freezers and liquid nitrogen freezers.

    1.2 This guide covers recommendations for implementing procedures for ensuring adequate inventory control.

    1.3 This guide covers recommendations for implementing procedures for safeguarding material stored at low temperatures.

    1.4 This guide does not cover the development or maintenance of equipment and facilities for low-temperature storage which are covered in Guide E 1564.

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

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

    This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, 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

    E1564 Guide for Design and Maintenance of Low-Temperature Storage Facilities for Maintaining Cryopreserved Biological Materials

    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/E1565-00R06

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