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    ASTM F755 - 19

    Standard Specification for Selection of Porous Polyethylene for Use in Surgical Implants

    Active Standard ASTM F755 | Developed by Subcommittee: F04.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.01

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    This specification covers the raw material and final product requirements, and the associated test methods for the selection of porous high density and ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes intended for use in surgical implants. The porous polyethylene may be used as a free standing product or as a coating on a substrate in nonloaded applications. Physical properties such as pore size and volume, as well as tensile, compressive, flexural, and shear properties shall be determined, but will be specified in the particular device to which its end use shall be applied.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers the properties and test methods for porous high-density-polyethylene (HDPE) and porous ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE) intended for use in surgical implants. The porous polyethylene may be used as a free-standing product or as a coating on a substrate in non-loaded applications.

    1.2 Materials covered by this standard can have a broad range of mechanical and morphological properties depending on the starting material and fabrication processes. Therefore no attempt has been made to standardize the properties, and the requirements for a specific application are not within the scope of this standard.

    1.3 Evaluation of the tissue response to a porous polyethylene must be completed. Guidance in establishing biocompatibility may be found in the list of references.

    1.4 Clinical experience and animal studies have shown that tissue will grow into the open pores of porous polyethylene. The tissue ingrowth into the pores may facilitate the establishment of implant fixation.

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

    1.6 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.7 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

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D732 Test Method for Shear Strength of Plastics by Punch Tool

    D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1238 Test Method for Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer

    D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique

    D1621 Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Cellular Plastics

    D1623 Test Method for Tensile and Tensile Adhesion Properties of Rigid Cellular Plastics

    D1898 Practice for Sampling of Plastics

    D2238 Test Methods for Absorbance of Polyethylene Due to Methyl Groups at 1378 cm-1

    E562 Test Method for Determining Volume Fraction by Systematic Manual Point Count

    F648 Specification for Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Powder and Fabricated Form for Surgical Implants

    F748 Practice for Selecting Generic Biological Test Methods for Materials and Devices

    F981 Practice for Assessment of Compatibility of Biomaterials for Surgical Implants with Respect to Effect of Materials on Muscle and Insertion into Bone

    F2450 Guide for Assessing Microstructure of Polymeric Scaffolds for Use in Tissue-Engineered Medical Products

    ISO Standards

    ISO 10993-1 Biological Evaluation of Medical DevicesPart 1: Evaluation and Testing Within a Risk Management Process

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.040.40 (Implants for surgery, prothetics and orthotics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 42295500(Surgical implants and expanders and extenders and surgical wires and related products); 13111016(Polyethylene)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F0755-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM F755-19, Standard Specification for Selection of Porous Polyethylene for Use in Surgical Implants, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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