Yesterday we hosted our first IoPP educational event! Overall the event proved to be informative, engaging, and fun. We brought in a group of packaging engineers from industries ranging from medical to furniture and industrial. The group came together to bridge the gap between the fields and interact in a discussion of topics from transit testing to FDA requirement changes.
Throughout the tour the group experienced live demonstrations of the ASTM D4169 process including drop tests, vibration tests, incline impact tests, and environmental conditioning. They were also given a live look into the importance of accelerated aging (ASTM F1980) and the effects the different lengths of time and temperatures have on package shelf life claims.
After looking at all the testing that occurs on the outside, we took a look closer in the materials lab. During these demonstrations the group was able to see all the methods to test the materials and integrity of medical device and pharmaceutical packages. These demonstrations included Magna Mike thickness gauge test (ASTM F2251), Peel Strength Test (ASTM F88), Bubble Leak Test (ASTM F2096), Dye Leak test (ASTM F1929), Burst Test (ASTM F2054), and Vacuum Decay test (ASTM F2338).
During the tour many questions regarding UDI and label integrity arose. The change in the FDA standards for labels has become a strong topic for discussion as medical devices try to comply with the new UDI requirements. To address this topic, we took our group through various forms of label tests including Sutherland Rub testing (ASTM D5264) and Barcode Grading/ Scanning (ASTM F1851). They saw firsthand how the integrity of a label can be compromised by the use of different inks and transit environments.
Our educational event ended with an open Q and A discussion where topics such as sample size, real time aging, and ISTA vs. ASTM transit standards were dissected. The different industries of packaging all had different perspectives and insights on the matters. It was especially interesting to see the differences between medical requirements and more loose requirements on non-sterile products. Overall, the IoPP members enjoyed an intellectual afternoon and we are very excited to get more involved in the group.
If you are interested in joining IoPP or want to host an event, please contact Sarah Rosenblum at firstname.lastname@example.org.