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This specification covers polyetherketoneetherketoneketone (PEKEKK) resins in virgin forms as supplied by a vendor, such as flakes, pellets, blocks, and so forth. It provides requirements and associated test methods for these thermoplastics when they are to be used in the manufacturing of intracorporeal devices, such as surgical implants or components of surgical or dental devices.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, this specification was withdrawn in January 2012 in accordance with section 10.5.3.1 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 This specification covers polyetherketoneetherketoneketone (PEKEKK) resins in virgin forms as supplied by a vendor, such as flakes, pellets, blocks, etc. It provides requirements and associated test methods for these thermoplastics when they are to be used in the manufacturing of intracorporeal devices, such as surgical implants or components of surgical or dental devices.
1.2 As with any material, some characteristics may be altered by the processing techniques, such as molding, extrusion, machining, assembly, sterilization, etc. required for the production of a specific part or device; therefore, properties of fabricated forms of these resins should be evaluated using test methods that are appropriate to assure safety and efficacy as agreed upon by the vendor, purchaser, and regulating bodies.
1.3 The properties included in this specification are those applicable for PEKEKK resins only. Fabricated forms, material or forms containing colorants, fillers, processing aids, or other additives, as well as polymer blends tht contain PEKEKK, are not covered by this specification.
1.4 This specification is designed to recommend physical, chemical, and biological test methods to establish a reasonable level of confidence concerning the performance of virgin PEKEKK resins for use in medical devices. The properties listed should be considered in selecting material according to the specific end-use requirement.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D149 Test Method for Dielectric Breakdown Voltage and Dielectric Strength of Solid Electrical Insulating Materials at Commercial Power Frequencies
D256 Test Methods for Determining the Izod Pendulum Impact Resistance of Plastics
D570 Test Method for Water Absorption of Plastics
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D648 Test Method for Deflection Temperature of Plastics Under Flexural Load in the Edgewise Position
D695 Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics
D696 Test Method for Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion of Plastics Between -30C and 30C with a Vitreous Silica Dilatometer
D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
D792 Test Methods for Relative Density, Density of Plastics and Specific Gravity by Displacement
D955 Test Method for Measuring Shrinkage from Mold Dimensions of Molded Plastics
D1238 Test Method for Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer
D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique
D1898 Practice for Sampling of Plastics
D3417 Test Method for Enthalpies of Fusion and Crystallization of Polymers by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
D3418 Test Methods for Transition Temperatures of Polymers by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
D4000 Classification System for Specifying Plastic Materials
F748 Practice for Selecting Generic Biological Test Methods for Materials and Devices
ISO StandardsISO 10993 Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices, Parts 1-12
Other DocumentsUnited States Pharmacopeia, Vol XXI, or latest edition
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ASTM F1876-98(2003)e1, Standard Specification for Polyetherketoneetherketoneketone (PEKEKK) Resins for Surgical Implant Applications (Withdrawn 2012), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, www.astm.orgBack to Top