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    • Continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other governmental bodies.
    • Input from our members whose organizations are increasingly concerned with travel and the large gathering in Prague.
    • Watching the expanding trajectory of the coronavirus.

    Staff managers will be contacting committee leaders to plan alternatives for conducting committee business. For any committees that collected money for events, ASTM will work to issue refunds as necessary. Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations.

    Looking forward, we will rely on these and other relevant criteria and input points to assess the status of future scheduled ASTM meetings and events. Please consult our meeting webpage for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding and continued commitment to ASTM International.

    F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices


    About the Event

    A Workshop on Reprocessing of Re-usable Medical Devices will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and, the workshop will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the November standards development meetings of the committee.

    Objectives:
    A recent article in Medical Processing Outsourcing (June 2, 2015) estimates that reprocessed medical devices will grow by 19% annually to reach $2.58 billion in 2020. A key element of this successful growth is assurances of cleanliness and safety standards.

    Recently, the FDA released a guidance document on reprocessing of reusable devices (March 12, 2015) and held a public meeting on May 14-15, 2015 to discuss infections associated with the use of duodenscopes.

    The workshop is intended to bring thought leaders together on the issues involving cleaning of re-usable medical devices to determine the areas of standardization that ASTM should focus on in the next few years.

    Topics to be discussed include the following:
    1. History of reprocessing issues
    2. Review of relevant existing ASTM, ISO, AAMI, and FDA standards/documents
    3.Designing of medical devices for reprocessing
    4.Reprocessing

      a. Reprocessing work instructions
      b. 3rd party reprocessors experiences
      c. Manufacturers of reprocessing equipmen

    5. Testing for biological residues
      a.Test methods
      b.Test soils
      c.Instrumentation

    6. Sterilization of residual soil
    7. Biocompatibility of residual soil/limits
    8. Discussion of new standards development for ASTM to consider

    Who Should Attend:
    The target audience for this workshop includes:
    1.Medical device manufacturers of re-usable devices

      a.Designers, regulatory, quality, and manufacturing
    2.OEM/Hospital cleaning facilities
    3.Analytical testing laboratories
    4.Instrument manufacturers
    5.Regulatory agencies

    Registration Information

    Online registration opens approximately 10 weeks before the workshop and closes November 9, 2016.

    The fees to attend are listed below.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions only.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

    Cancellation
    To cancel your registration, please contact Hannah Sparks at hsparks@astm.org or 610-832-9677.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at hsparks@astm.org, Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    Online On Site
    ASTM Member Fee95.00120.00
    Non-Member Fee120.00145.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the workshop, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the workshop.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairmen Stephen Spiegelberg, Cambridge Polymer Group, Boston, MA, Email: stephen.spiegelberg@campoly.com, Telephone: (617) 629-4400 and Ralph Basile, Healthmark Industries Co., Fraser, MI, Email: ralphjb@usa.net, Tel: (586) 774-7600 x6615.


    Hotel Information

    OVERFLOW HOTEL INFORMATION

    The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is sold-out on certain nights during the November Committee Week. Limited overflow accommodations have been secured with the Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld located at 11000 Westwood Blvd, Orlando, FL 32821, approximately a 15 minute walk to the Renaissance. The rate is $174, plus tax. The Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld's group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than October 12th, 2016. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation; once submitted, a confirmation number will be provided electronically. The Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld is providing complimentary shuttle service to and from the Renaissance beginning at 4:00pm on Sunday. The Residence Inn also offers complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, and breakfast. Reservations may be made directly through Marriott reservations at 1-800-331-3131 or 407-313-3600; or at: Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld Reservations.

    All meetings will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Renaissance Orlando at Sea World Reservations.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at 1-800-468-3571 or (407) 351-5555 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate). If you need assistance with your hotel reservation, please call the hotel directly.

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than October 16, 2016. ASTM rates are $179 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.The hotel requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

    The ASTM Rate Includes:

    • (1)three-day I-Ride Trolley Pass
    • 10% off food purchases with ASTM badge
    • 50% off of self-parking

    The Renaissance Orlando at Sea World has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Renaissance Orlando at Sea World Government Reservations. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent, they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, notice of cancellation must be received 3 days prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge.


    Transportation and Directions

    The hotel is located approximately 11.6 miles/15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. The hotel's phone number is (407) 351-5555 and the general fax number is (407)351-9991. The website for the hotel is Renaissance Orlando at Sea World.

    For information on the city of Orlando, visit the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at Visit Orlando.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Shuttle transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport is available for a fee by Mears Transportation Group.Reservations are required. Receive a $4.00 discount off of a regular round trip price by reviewing the instructions provided here . You MUST present a hard copy of the coupon or online confirmation at the Mears ticket counter. To make your reservation online use our reservation link at Mears Transportation Group .

    PARKING: With the ASTM group rate guest save 50% off of self parking. The hotel provides valet parking at a cost of $32 daily while on-site parking has a cost of $22 daily.


    Dress and Weather

    Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for Orlando. The average temperatures in November range from a high of 78 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 76 degrees Fahrenheit.


    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee F04 are posted on the ASTM web site at www.astm.org/COMMIT/COMMITTEE/F04.htm or contact the ASTM staff manager, Kate Chalfin at kchalfin@astm.org or tel: 610-832-9717.


    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee F04 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".


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