Accelerated Aging

Accelerated aging techniques are used in the medical device packaging industry to speed up the effects of time on a Sterile Barrier System to predict stability and support shelf life claims and expiration dating. The accelerated aging process is extrapolated on a known relationship of reaction rates and temperature, where  an increase in temperature increases the reaction rate.

Properly applied in a package validation test plan (within ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11607 guidelines), this can result in a decreased time to market. For example, a Sterile Barrier System that is subjected to 40 days of accelerated aging at +55° Celsius has similar aging characteristics to a 1 year old sample per the Arrhenius equation. Accelerated aging data is recognized by regulatory bodies as an acceptable means to generate data quickly, but this data is only accepted until those tests can be correlated to "Real Time" samples. We have several dozen chambers ready to accommodate a variety of projects both big and small with a wide range of conditions to suit your project. 

Typical Procedures/Protocols
ASTM F1980

Typical Sample Size
Determined by the later performed Sterile Barrier tests such as Peel and Bubble Leak.