ASTM F3207 - 17

    Standard Guide for in vivo Evaluation of Rabbit Lumbar Intertransverse Process Spinal Fusion Model

    Active Standard ASTM F3207 | Developed by Subcommittee: F04.44

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide covers animal implantation methods and analysis of bone void fillers to determine whether a material or substance leads to lumbar intertransverse process spinal fusion, as defined by its ability to cause bone to form in vivo.

    1. Scope

    1.1 Historically, the single-level rabbit posterolateral, or intertransverse, lumbar spine fusion model was developed and reported on by Dr. Scott Boden, et. al. (Emory Spine Center for Orthopedics) and the model has been proposed as a non-clinical model which may be used to replicate clinically-relevant fusion rates for iliac crest autograft in the posterolateral spine (1, 2).2 This model is used routinely in submissions to regulatory bodies for the purpose of evaluating the potential efficacy of bone void filler materials as compared to other materials or iliac crest autograft to effect spinal posterolateral fusion. The use of this standard’s recommendations as part of a regulatory submission does not provide any guarantee of regulatory clearance and should be considered as a part of the data provided for regulatory submission.

    1.2 This guide covers general guidelines to evaluate the effectiveness of products intended to cause and/or promote bone formation in the lumbar intertransverse process spinal fusion model in vivo. This guide is applicable to products that may be composed of one or more of the following components: natural biomaterials (such as demineralized bone), and synthetic biomaterials (such as calcium sulfate, glycerol, and reverse phase polymeric compounds) that act as additives, fillers, and/or excipients (radioprotective agents, preservatives, and/or handling agents). It should not be assumed that products evaluated favorably using this guidance will form bone when used in a clinical setting. The primary purpose of this guide is to facilitate the equitable comparison of bone void fillers and/or autograft extender products in vivo. The purpose of this guide is not to exclude other established methods.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with the use of bone void fillers. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices involved in the development of said products in accordance with applicable regulatory guidance documents and in implementing this guide to evaluate the bone-forming/promoting capabilities of the product.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address the requirements under 21 CFR Part 58 concerning Good Laboratory Practices or international standard counterpart OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). It is the responsibility of the sponsor of the study to understand the requirements for conduct of animal studies whereby the data may be used to support premarket applications, including requirements for personnel, protocol content, record retention and animal husbandry.

    1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

    E1402 Guide for Sampling Design

    E1488 Guide for Statistical Procedures to Use in Developing and Applying Test Methods

    F2884 Guide for Pre-clinical in vivo Evaluation of Spinal Fusion

    AAMI/ISO Documents

    ISO 10993-6 Third edition 2016-12-01 Biological evaluation of medical devices Part 6: Tests for local effects after implantation


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.040.40 (Implants for surgery, prosthetics and orthotics); 11.100.99 (Other standards related to laboratory medicine)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F3207-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3207-17, Standard Guide for in vivo Evaluation of Rabbit Lumbar Intertransverse Process Spinal Fusion Model, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.org

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