Symposia / General Information

F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices
Title: Workshop on the Use of Absorbable Polymers for Medical Devices
Dates: Tuesday May 12 2020
Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place; Boston, MA
Event Name: May 2020 Committee Week

Pre-registration requested to attend this meeting.


Abstracts for presentation are invited for the Workshop on the Use of Absorbable Polymers for Medical Devices to be held Tuesday, May 12, 2020. This workshop is sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices and will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA, in conjunction with the May standards development meetings of the Committee.

Objective and Scope

First introduced 50 years ago in the form of synthetic absorbable sutures, absorbable medical devices are an increasingly important segment of the medical device market. Driven by numerous companies seeking to grow their market position through introduction of new absorbable products, the last decade has produced the greatest growth and variety in product development and market introductions. However, these devices, which by their very nature are not stable, present unique challenges in device development, manufacturing, and packaging.

This workshop is designed to describe current and upcoming applications and trends in the use of absorbable polymers in medical devices, as well as to provide a forum to discuss the special considerations required of this this material set. Ultimately, the workshop’s goal is to identify current issues (both technical and clinical) and identify related needs for new standards that both guide and address these absorbable-specific considerations. Consequently, researchers, regulators, and industry representatives are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their work towards designing, developing, and/or evaluating partially or entirely absorbable medical devices. Specific topics of interest and potential standards development activities include:

  • Chemical (e.g. molecular weight), biological (e.g. biocompatibility), and physical (e.g. crystallinity) evaluation of absorbable polymers and devices
  • Storage and preservation of absorbable polymeric products
  • Use and risks of additives in absorbable polymeric products
  • New materials development
  • Accelerated and Real Time shelf stability challenges
  • Accelerated and Real Time degradation modeling challenges
  • Sterilization considerations and challenges
Abstract Submittal

Please submit your 300-word abstract pertaining to the above topics to Workshop Chairman Scott Taylor at by December 15, 2019.


Registration information will be posted at a later date.



On Site


Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman Scott Taylor Poly-Med, Inc., Anderson, SC, USA, Email:, tel: +1 864-723-0708; or Workshop Co-Chairman Byron Hayes, W.L. Gore Associates, Inc., Newark, DE, USA, Email:, tel: +1 928-864-3292.


The workshop will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA. Hotel registration information will be posted at the ASTM website approximately 12 weeks before the workshop.


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 about future F04 meetings, please visit F04 Future Meetings.