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    F23 Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

    Title: Workshop on Fast-Tracking Standards Development to Address Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortages due to the COVID-19 Pandemic - VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

    Dates: Wednesday September 09 2020 - Thursday September 10 2020

    Location: Webex; ,

    About The Event

    Technical Program

    Registration Information

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Future Meeting Dates

    About the Event

    The Workshop on Fast-Tracking Standards Development to Address Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortages due to the COVID-19 Pandemic will be held on September 9 and 10, 2020 from 10:00am – 3:30pm EDT each day. This workshop is jointly sponsored by ASTM Committees F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices and F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment and will be held virtually via WebEx.

    Objective and Scope

    Many groups are working to address medical device shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like respirators, masks and gowns, as well as other devices like ventilators and nasal swabs. Approaches to alleviate the shortages include repurposing or reprocessing existing devices and materials and designing and producing new devices in a rapid fashion. The primary objective of the workshop is to leverage these efforts to identify subjects for new standards to address PPE shortages for the current pandemic and possible future outbreaks. The new standards will assist in managing future waves of infection as well as shortages that might occur due to decreased or disrupted supply chains. In vitro diagnostics for assessing infection are beyond the scope of this workshop.

    This workshop will provide a forum for engineers, scientists, and medical professionals worldwide to exchange ideas and identify areas for needed standards development on the following topics:

    • Methods/guides/practices to address reprocessing single use PPE and reusable PPE (including N95 respirators, personal face masks, protective clothing and coverings, etc.):
      • Current issues with decontaminating single use PPE
        • Cleaning
        • Index matching
        • Collection and distribution
        • Loss of efficacy
        • Degradation of components
        • Tracking number of re-uses
      • Cleaning/decontamination/sterilization
        • New sterilization/disinfection methods – chlorine dioxide, etc.
        • Assessing performance of the reprocessed device, including feedback from healthcare providers who have used reprocessed devices
        • Effects of bioburden on re-use, for disinfection and perception
      • Standards used
        • Existing: ASTM, NIOSH and other
          • Include limitations, such as multiple decontaminations
          • Novel test methods introduced by researchers during the COVID-19 outbreak
    • Methods/guides/practices for producing and or assessing performance of devices and device components that are in short supply
      • e.g. masks, respirators, and face shields
      • Both traditional device designs and novel designs using materials that are at hand
      • Redesigning single use PPE for potential re-use during surges
      • Discussion of FDA Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs),
        • For current EUAs, the impact on supply chain and on products/methods covered by current EUAs.
        • Considerations needed to continue product access upon EUA expiration including impacts on the supply chain and on products/methods covered by current EUAs.
    • Share perspectives on how existing standards helped you in addressing device shortages or how they could have been of more assistance

    Technical Program

    To view the technical program (presentation times, paper titles, and presenters’ names), click Technical Program.

    Registration Information

    To register for this workshop, please click Register Now. Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

    Please note that this workshop will begin promptly at 10:00 EDT each day.

    Not yet a member of ASTM? You can click here to join and start taking advantage of all of the ASTM membership benefits. A one-year membership is as low as $75.00.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairs:

    Ralph Basile
    Healthmark Ind Co., Inc
    +1 248-238-8435

    Terry Woods
    US Food & Drug Administration
    +1 301-796-2503

    Hany Demian
    US. Food & Drug Administration
    +1 301-796-6420

    Karen Lehtonen
    Lion First Responder Products, Inc.
    +1 937-415-2932

    Stephen Spiegelberg
    Cambridge Polymer Group
    +1 617-629-4400 ext 12

    Brian Shiels
    +1 502-785-9176

    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee F04 and F23 invite 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 about their future meetings, please visit F04 Future Meetings or F23 Future Meetings.

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