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May/June 2009

Lubricant Compatibility

Once approved, a proposed new ASTM standard would provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and personal lubricant manufacturers a means to evaluate the effect of a lubricant on the physical integrity of condoms. No standard currently exists for this type of testing.

Manufacturers of condoms and rubber gloves as well as personal lubricants are welcome to join in the development of WK21425, Test Method for the Determination of Lubricant Compatibility with Condoms. The proposed new standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products, part of ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber.

According to Stephen Kolakowsky, director of regulatory affairs, Church & Dwight Co. Inc., and chair of Task Group D11.40.01 on Condoms, other recent work undertaken by the task group includes revisions to D3492, Specification for Rubber Contraceptives (Male Condoms), and D6324, Test Methods for Male Condoms Made from Polyurethane.

Task Group D11.40.01 is also considering the development of standards for condoms made from polyisoprene and guayule latex. In addition, condom manufacturers from the task group participate on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 157 on Barrier Contraceptives.


Technical Information: Stephen Kolakowsky, Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Princeton, N.J.

Phone: 609-279-7748

ASTM Staff: Joe Koury

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