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    F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices

    Title: Symposium on Beyond the Implant: Retrieval Analysis Methods for Implant Surveillance

    Dates: Tuesday May 09 2017

    Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto; Toronto, ON

    Event Name: May 2017 Committee Week

    About The Event

    Registration Information

    Continuing Education Units

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Hotel Information

    Standards Development Meetings

    Future Meeting Dates

    About the Event

    Symposium on Beyond the Implant: Retrieval Analysis Methods for Implant Surveillance symposium to be held May 9, 2017. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and surgical Materials and Devices, the symposium will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, ON, Canada, in conjunction with the May standards development meetings of Committee F04.

    The purpose of this symposium is to present and discuss current and new analysis techniques to improve upon the knowledge we can obtain from retrieval analysis of orthopedic implants. As a follow up to the successful workshop which took place in November 2015, this symposium will aim to bring to light the current state of standards and techniques utilized in the field as well as to compare these techniques to other new investigative methods. New techniques to analyze host factors that are significant to success of devices both locally and systemically will also be discussed.

    Topics to be focused upon will include:

      1. Analysis Methods Pertaining to Metallic Implants
      2. Analysis Methods Pertaining to Bearings
      3. Analyzing the Local and Systemic Aspects of the Host
      4. Analysis Methods for Modular Connections

    The language of the symposium will be English.

    Registration Information

    Online registration opens approximately 10 weeks before the symposium and closes May 3, 2017. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below.

    Please note that all symposium registration fees are listed in US Dollars.

    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 symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.

    A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Kelly Dennison at or 610-832-9568.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Kelly Dennison in Symposia Operations at Tel: 610-832-9568, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    Early Bird Regular Registration
    ASTM Member Fee225.00250.00
    Non-Member Fee250.00275.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.70 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 symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairmen William Mihalko, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, USA, Email:, Tel: 901-448-5880; Jack. Lemons, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA, Email:, Tel: 205-934-9206; A. Seth Greenwald, Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, Cleveland, OH, USA, Email: seth@orl-, Tel: 216-523-7004; or Steve Kurtz, Exponent Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA, Email:, Tel: 215-594-8851.

    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel,123 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9, Canada. Reservations may be made via our online reservation system at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Reservations.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the hotel at (416)361-1000 or 1-800-325-3535 (you must mention ASTM May 2017 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 April 10, 2017. ASTM rates are $188 (US) 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.

    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 Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, notice of cancellation must be received 24 hours prior to day of arrival in order to avoid a charge.

    Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

    INTERNET: The hotel offers complimentary wireless connections in the guest rooms for SPG Members.

    ASTM MEMBERS WORK AREA: ASTM will provide computers with internet connections. This area will also be wireless for your laptop computer. You may visit the ASTM website, apply or renew your membership, order publications or check your email. The complimentary wireless service is limited to the members' work area and the meeting rooms.

    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee is posted on the ASTM web site at .htm or contact ASTM staff manager ,Kate Chalfin email: 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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