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Proposed ASTM International Standard to Help Characterize Detergents that Clean Medical Devices


A proposed ASTM International standard will help guide the development of detergents that clean medical devices, helping support patient safety and health.

The practice for characterizing detergents for the cleaning of medical devices (WK58652) is being created by the organization’s committee on soaps and other detergents (D12).

“Currently, there are no consensus methods for characterizing the detergents intended to clean medical devices,” says Ralph Basile, vice president of marketing and regulatory affairs at Healthmark Industries. “The result is that very little detail about detergents intended to clean medical devices is available.”

Basile says that the committee will work to identify existing test methods that could help detergent manufacturers describe the physical and performance characteristics of their products. In turn, the committee will work to identify and fill any gaps for new test methods that need to be created.

Ultimately, manufacturers could reference that they conducted tests according to the standard when taking their products to market.

Manufacturers of cleaning agents intended for medical devices, and others who are interested, are invited to join in creating and revising the standard.

Become a member at The next meeting of the committee on soaps and other detergents is Oct. 11 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. 

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Media Inquiries: Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602; 
Committee Contact: Stephen Mawn, tel +1.610.832.9726; 


Release #10396

September 13, 2017

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