Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Guidance on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2 (ISO/TS 16775:2014)

ISO/TS 16775:2014 provides guidance for the application of the requirements contained in ISO 11607‑1 and ISO 11607‑2. It does not add to, or otherwise change, the requirements of ISO 11607‑1 and/or ISO 11607‑2. It is an informative document, not normative, and does not include requirements to be used as basis of regulatory inspection or certification assessment activities.
The guidance can be used to better understand the requirements of ISO 11607‑1 and/or ISO 11607‑2 and illustrates some of the variety of methods and approaches available for meeting the requirements of those International Standards. It is not required to be used to demonstrate compliance with them.
Guidelines are given for evaluation, selection and use of packaging materials, preformed sterile barrier systems, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems. Guidance on validation requirements for forming, sealing and assembly processes is also given.
ISO/TS 16775:2014 provides information for health care facilities and for the medical devices industry. It does not provide guidance for applications of packaging materials and systems after their opening. In the use of packaging for other purposes such as a "sterile field" or transport of contaminated items, other regulatory standards will apply.

Verpackungen für in der Endanwendung sterilisierte Medizinprodukte - Leitfaden für die Anwendung von ISO 11607-1 und ISO 11607-2 (ISO/TS 16775:2014)

Diese Technische Spezifikation enthält Leitlinien für die Anwendung der in ISO 11607-1 und ISO 11607-2 enthaltenen Anforderungen. Durch das vorliegende Dokument werden die Anforderungen von ISO 11607-1 und/oder ISO 11607-2 weder ergänzt noch verändert. Dies ist ein informatives, kein normatives Dokument. Das vorliegende Dokument enthält keine Anforderungen, die als Grundlage für regulatorische Überwachungen oder für Abläufe der Zertifizierungsbewertung zu verwenden sind.
Dieser Leitfaden kann verwendet werden, um die Anforderungen von ISO 11607-1 und/oder ISO 11607-2 besser zu verstehen und um einige der zahlreichen Verfahren und Ansätze, die zur Erfüllung der Anforderun-gen von ISO 11607-1 und/oder ISO 11607-2 zur Verfügung stehen, zu veranschaulichen. Es ist nicht erforderlich, das vorliegende Dokument zum Nachweis der Einhaltung Internationaler Normen anzuwenden.
Dieses Dokument enthält Leitlinien zur Bewertung, Auswahl und Verwendung von Verpackungsmaterialien, vorgefertigten Sterilbarrieresystemen, Sterilbarrieresystemen und Verpackungssystemen. Es enthält außer-dem Hinweise zu den Validierungsanforderungen an Prozesse der Formgebung, Siegelung und der Zusammenstellung.
Dieses Dokument enthält Informationen für Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens (siehe Abschnitt 3) und für die Medizinprodukteindustrie (siehe Abschnitt 4).
Dieses Dokument enthält keine Leitlinien für die Verwendung von Verpackungsmaterialien und Verpackungs-systemen nach dem Öffnen. Für die Verwendung von Verpackungen für andere Zwecke, wie z. B. als „steriles Feld“ oder den Transport kontaminierter Artikel, sind andere regulatorische Standards anwendbar.

Emballages des dispositifs médicaux stérilisés au stade terminal - Lignes directrices relatives à l'application de l'ISO 11607-1 et l'ISO 11607-2 (ISO/TS 16775:2014)

Embalaža za končno sterilizirane medicinske pripomočke - Smernice za uporabo ISO 11607-1 in ISO 11607-2 (ISO/TS 16775:2014)

Standard CEN ISO/TS 16775 podaja smernice za uporabo zahtev standardov ISO 11607-1 in ISO 11607-2. Ne dopolnjuje ali kako drugače spreminja zahtev standarda ISO 11607-1 in/ali ISO 11607-2. To je informativni in ne normativni dokument. Ne vključuje zahtev, ki naj se uporabljajo na osnovi predpisanega pregleda ali aktivnosti ugotavljanja certificiranja. Smernice je mogoče uporabiti za boljše razumevanje zahtev standarda ISO 11607-1 in/ali ISO 11607-2 ter prikazujejo nekatere metode in pristope, ki so na voljo za izpolnjevanje zahtev mednarodnih standardov. Ni zahtevano, da se ta dokument uporablja za dokaz skladnosti z njimi. Smernice so podane za vrednotenje, izbiro in uporabo materialov za embalažo, izvedenih sterilnih pregradnih sistemov, sterilnih pregradnih sistemov in sistemov embalaže. Podane so tudi smernice o zahtevah za validacijo procesov oblikovanja, označevanja in sestavljanja. Ta tehnična specifikacija podaja informacije za zdravstvene ustanove (glejte točko 3) in panogo medicinskih pripomočkov (glejte točko 4). Ne podaja smernic za uporabo materialov za embalažo in sistemov po njihovem odprtju. Za uporabo embalaže v druge namene, kot sta »sterilno polje« ali transport kontaminiranih predmetov, veljajo drugi regulativni standardi.

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Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Guidance on the application of ISO

11607-1 and ISO 11607-2 (ISO/TS 16775:2014)

Verpackungen für in der Endverpackung sterilisierte Medizinprodukte - Tei 3: Leitfaden

für die Anwendung von ISO 11607-1 und ISO 11607-2 (ISO/TS 16775:2014)

Emballages des dispositifs médicaux stérilisés au stade terminal - Lignes directrices

relatives à l'application de l'ISO 11607-1 et l'ISO 11607-2 (ISO/TS 16775:2014)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: CEN ISO/TS 16775:2014
ICS:
11.080.30 Sterilizirana embalaža Sterilized packaging
SIST-TS CEN ISO/TS 16775:2014 en

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
CEN ISO/TS 16775
SPÉCIFICATION TECHNIQUE
TECHNISCHE SPEZIFIKATION
May 2014
ICS 11.080.30
English Version
Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices - Guidance
on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2 (ISO
16775:2014)

Emballages des dispositifs médicaux stérilisés au stade Verpackungen für in der Endanwendung sterilisierte

terminal - Lignes directrices relatives à l'application de l'ISO Medizinprodukte - Leitfaden für die Anwendung von ISO

11607-1 et l'ISO 11607-2 (ISO 16775:2014) 11607-1 und ISO 11607-2 (ISO 16775:2014)

This Technical Specification (CEN/TS) was approved by CEN on 18 February 2014 for provisional application.

The period of validity of this CEN/TS is limited initially to three years. After two years the members of CEN will be requested to submit their

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Foreword

This document (CEN ISO/TS 16775:2014) has been prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 198

"Sterilization of health care products" in collaboration with Technical Committee CEN/TC 102 “Sterilizers for

medical purposes” the secretariat of which is held by DIN.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of patent

rights. CEN [and/or CENELEC] shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

According to the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organizations of the following

countries are bound to announce this Technical Specification: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus,

Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany,

Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,

Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Endorsement notice

The text of ISO/TS 16775:2014 has been approved by CEN as CEN ISO/TS 16775:2014 without any

modification.
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SPECIFICATION 16775
First edition
2014-05-15
Packaging for terminally sterilized
medical devices — Guidance on the
application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO
11607-2
Emballages des dispositifs médicaux stérilisés au stade terminal —
Lignes directrices relatives à l’application de l’ISO 11607-1 et l’ISO
11607-2
Reference number
ISO/TS 16775:2014(E)
ISO 2014
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Foreword ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................vi

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Guidance for health care facilities ..................................................................................................................................................... 2

3.1 Test methods ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 2

3.2 Guidance for conformance to ISO 11607-1 .................................................................................................................... 2

3.3 Guidance on conformance to ISO 11607-2, Validation requirements for forming,

sealing and assembly processes .......................................................................................................................................10

3.4 Quality system ......................................................................................................................................................................................19

4 Guidance for industry ..................................................................................................................................................................................20

4.1 General guidance ................................................................................................................................................................................20

4.2 Design inputs .........................................................................................................................................................................................20

4.3 Selection and evaluation of materials ..............................................................................................................................21

4.4 Sterile barrier system and protective packaging design (packaging

system development) .....................................................................................................................................................................22

4.5 Packaging process feasibility evaluation .......................................................................................................................24

4.6 Sterile barrier system design feasibility evaluation ............................................................................................25

4.7 Validation of sterile barrier system manufacturing process ........................................................................26

4.8 Packaging system design validation ..................................................................................................................................28

4.9 Revalidation ............................................................................................................................................................................................29

Annex A (informative) Selection, evaluation and testing of packaging materials and sterile barrier

systems — Guidance for industry and health care facilities ................................................................................31

Annex B (informative) Sterilization considerations — Guidance for industry and health

care facilities..........................................................................................................................................................................................................39

Annex C (informative) Examples of wrapping methods — Guidance for health care facilities ............47

Annex D (informative) Validation plan documents — Guidance for health care facilities ........................54

Annex E (informative) Installation qualification documentation — Guidance for health

care facilities..........................................................................................................................................................................................................68

Annex F (informative) Operational qualification documentation — Guidance for health

care facilities..........................................................................................................................................................................................................73

Annex G (informative) Performance qualification documentation — Guidance for health

care facilities..........................................................................................................................................................................................................77

Annex H (informative) Addressing worst-case requirements — Guidance for industry and health

care facilities..........................................................................................................................................................................................................81

Annex I (informative) Generating a final packaging system validation protocol — Guidance

for industry .............................................................................................................................................................................................................83

Annex J (informative) Design inputs — Medical device attributes — Guidance for industry ................86

Annex K (informative) Risk analysis tools — Guidance for industry and health care facilities ..........91

Annex L (informative) Considerations for sampling plans — Guidance for health care facilities ....93

Annex M (informative) Stability testing (ISO 11607-1:2006, 6.4) — Guidance for industry ..................95

Annex N (informative) Use of the Internet — Guidance for industry and health care facilities ..........96

Annex O (informative) Test method validation — Guidance for industry ..................................................................97

Annex P (informative) Use of contract packagers — Guidance for industry and health

care facilities..........................................................................................................................................................................................................98

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Annex Q (informative) Guidance on establishing process parameters — Guidance for industry .....99

Annex R (informative) Investigation failure — Guidance for industry and health care facilities .105

Annex S (informative) Packaging manufacturing process and packaging system design feasibility

evaluation — Guidance for industry .........................................................................................................................................108

Bibliography .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................111

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Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards

bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical

committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.

ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular the different approval criteria needed for the

different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2. www.iso.org/directives

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights. Details of any

patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the Introduction and/or on

the ISO list of patent declarations received. www.iso.org/patents

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation on the meaning of ISO specific terms and expressions related to conformity

assessment, as well as information about ISO’s adherence to the WTO principles in the Technical

Barriers to Trade (TBT) see the following URL: Foreword - Supplementary information

The committee responsible for this document is ISO/TC 198, Sterilization of health care products.

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Introduction

Sterile barrier systems need to ensure the sterility of their contents until opened for use and ensure

aseptic presentation.

The sterile barrier system, depending on conditions of handling, distribution or storage, may provide

adequate protection for the sterile medical device. In circumstances where the packaged and sterilized

device undergoes repeated handling, additional protective packaging may need to be combined with the

sterile barrier system to create a packaging system.

Each establishment should evaluate the performance of each sterile barrier system or packaging system

before selection and implementation to ensure conditions for sterilization, storage, and handling can be

met. Each establishment that manages sterile items should have a documented plan of education on how

to store, handle and transport sterile items.

Regional differences in quality management systems and other requirements exist and these might

involve different approaches to human resource management. In any case however a sound education

process is a key element and facilities should ensure that its personnel are aware of the relevance and

importance of their packaging and sterilization activities for the safety of the patient.

ISO 11607-1 specifies the requirements for materials, sterile barrier systems, and packaging systems,

including the qualification of the packaging system design and evaluation of that design, ISO 11607-2

specifies the requirements for packaging process validation. Both of these documents provide standards

to ensure medical device protection, the ability to sterilize, maintenance of sterile package integrity and

aseptic presentation. The scope of each of these standards applies to health care facilities and wherever

medical devices are packaged and sterilized. It is recognized that the circumstances of the application

of these standards will be different when they are used in a health care facility from when they are used

by a medical device manufacturer or reprocessor.

The conditions of use of this guidance may vary widely around the world. ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2

and this guidance document provide a guideline for use, subject to interpretation by circumstance and

regulatory environments. In some regions of the world health care facility compliance to the series

ISO 11607 is a national or regional regulatory requirement, in some regions the series ISO 11607 is

considered guidance for health care facilities. For instance, it is recognized that in certain regions or

regulatory applications conformance to ISO 11607-1 may be demonstrated but not conformance to

ISO 11607-2, which requires process validation by the user. In other regions, where compliance to both

ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2 is a national regulatory requirement, this document will also provide

guidance on performing validation. Clause 3 of this guidance document is applicable to health care

facilities and Clause 4 is applicable to industry. Further guidance is given in Annexes A to S that may be

applicable to health care facilities and/or industry, as indicated.

In Europe ISO 11607-1 assists the conformity assessment procedure for manufacturers and is designed

and used as a tool for demonstrating compliance with the relevant essential requirements of the Medical

Device Directive. Compliance with the standard is always voluntary.

At the time of publication of this document, Amendments to ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2 are in the

ballot process. This guidance document already considers the revised versions with the understanding

that specific references to numbering may have changed. Annex B of ISO 11607-1 on test methods has

been extensively revised and should be considered when available.
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Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices —
Guidance on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-
1 Scope

This Technical Specification provides guidance for the application of the requirements contained in

ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2. It does not add to, or otherwise change, the requirements of ISO 11607-1

and/or ISO 11607-2. This is an informative document, not normative. It does not include requirements

to be used as basis of regulatory inspection or certification assessment activities.

The guidance can be used to better understand the requirements of ISO 11607-1 and/or ISO 11607-2

and illustrates some of the variety of methods and approaches available for meeting the requirements of

those International Standards. It is not required that this document be used to demonstrate compliance

with them.

Guidelines are given for evaluation, selection and use of packaging materials, preformed sterile barrier

systems, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems. Guidance on validation requirements for

forming, sealing and assembly processes is also given.

This Technical Specification provides information for health care facilities (see Clause 3) and for the

medical devices industry (see Clause 4).

It does not provide guidance for applications of packaging materials and systems after their opening.

In the use of packaging for other purposes such as a “sterile field” or transport of contaminated items,

other regulatory standards will apply.
2 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2 and

the following apply.
2.1
packaging system
combination of the sterile barrier system and protective packaging
[SOURCE: ISO/TS 11139:2006, 2.28]

Note 1 to entry: The packaging system includes the sterile barrier system and the protective packaging. However,

if the sterile barrier system protects the medical device, facilitates aseptic presentation, and is resilient enough

not to require additional protective packaging, the sterile barrier system would also fulfil the requirements of a

packaging system. Protective packaging is not always necessary however aseptic opening/presentation has to be

ensured in all cases.
2.2
protective packaging

configuration of materials designed to prevent damage to the sterile barrier system and its contents

assembly until the point of use
[SOURCE: ISO/TS 11139:2006, 2.37]

Note 1 to entry: National or regional regulations may require that protective packaging is used to avoid the

potential contamination of the surgical environment. These regulations may also require that the protective

packaging is removed prior to introduction of the sterile barrier system into the surgical environment.

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Note 2 to entry: Protective packaging protects the sterile barrier and the contents. Examples would include a dust

cover, a box, transport tray.
2.3
sterile barrier system
SBS

minimum package that prevents ingress of microorganisms and allows aseptic presentation of product

at the point of use
[SOURCE: ISO/TS 11139:2006, 2.44]
2.4
preformed sterile barrier system

sterile barrier system that is supplied partially assembled for filling and final closure or sealing

EXAMPLE Pouches, bags, and open reusable container.
[SOURCE: ISO/TS 11139:2006, 2.31]

Note 1 to entry: Preformed sterile barrier systems exist in a wide range of forms. The examples listed above are

not intended to be all inclusive.
3 Guidance for health care facilities

IMPORTANT — Written instructions for use should be obtained from the packaging material

and/or medical device manufacturer concerning their recommendations for sterilization and

the subsequent maintenance of sterility of a sterile barrier system.
3.1 Test methods

For guidance on the requirements for test methods contained in ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2, see the

health care annexes of this document.
3.2 Guidance for conformance to ISO 11607-1

3.2.1 General guidance for materials, preformed sterile barrier systems and sterile barrier

systems

3.2.1.1 Preformed sterile barrier systems should be evaluated before purchase and use. Therefore, the

supplier should consider providing a statement of compliance to the applicable sections of ISO 11607-1

for the materials and/or preformed sterile barrier systems to be purchased. Before introducing associated

components (e. g. labels, tapes, tray liners) into production, users should confirm that they will be suitable

for use in their specific applications and conditions of use.

3.2.1.2 The key concepts that apply to all packaging materials and components are as follows:

a) they should be made of known and traceable materials with processes capable of meeting the

requirements of ISO 11607-1 (see requirements in ISO 11607-1:2006, 5.1.3, 5.1.4 and 5.1.5);

b) they should be non-toxic, for guidance see A.3.3 (see requirement in ISO 11607-1:2006, 5.1.6);

NOTE 1 If the sterile barrier system or associated components contain natural rubber latex, the sterile

barrier system should be labelled indicating natural rubber latex is present.

c) there should be documented evidence that the ingress of microorganisms can be prevented when

demonstrated under test conditions which consider sterilization process, handling, distribution,

transport and storage (see requirement in ISO 11607-1:2006, 5.1.6 and 5.2);
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d) they should have a demonstrated ability to meet the required physical properties for materials

and closures (such as weight or grade, seal width and seal strength), resist tearing or puncture,

be capable of opening or peeling in a continuous and homogenous manner, without delamination

tearing (see requirements in ISO 11607-1:2006, 5.1.7 and 5.1.9);

e) they should be compatible with the intended sterilization process and parameters capable of

producing a sterile medical device (see requirement in ISO 11607-1:2006, 5.3);

f) they should be compatible with the labelling system; if present, have colour fast printing inks that

do not degrade, fade or become illegible after exposure to the intended sterilization process (see

requirement in ISO 11607-1:2006, 5.4);

g) they should be protected from the effects of environmental conditions (e.g. relative humidity, direct

sunlight or fluorescent light, temperature) during storage (see requirement in ISO 11607-1:2006,

5.5 and Clause 7);

NOTE 2 Suggested storage conditions and shelf life should be provided by the material or preformed sterile

barrier system manufacturer. If anticipated or actual storage is outside these conditions the manufacturer

should be consulted.
h) they should allow aseptic presentation.

NOTE 3 Instructions for aseptic presentation should be provided by the manufacturer of the medical

device and/or packaging system.

NOTE 4 The internet is a useful tool for finding information on materials, see Annex N.

3.2.2 Design and development guidance for packaging systems (ISO 11607-1:2006, 6.1 and 6.2)

3.2.2.1 Selection criteria

When a health care facility determines which packaging system to use, the design and development

guidance for those packaging systems should be considered (see requirements in ISO 11607-1:2006, 6.1

and 6.2). When a health care facility uses a contract packager or sterilizer additional considerations are

necessary (see Annex P).
The materials and systems chosen should:

a) be intended for use in medical packaging applications, as stated by the manufacturer;

b) be supported by technical information from the manufacturer confirming that it meets the

requirements of ISO 11607-1 that relate to materials;

c) provide adequate protection for the medical device(s) during specified intended storage and

transportation conditions to the point of use;

d) allow for and be compatible with the intended sterilization process, and have the ability to withstand

conditions of the chosen process;

NOTE Not all materials are appropriate for all sterilization processes. Information on compatibility

with a given sterilization process is typically provided by the manufacturer of the medical device and/or

packaging system. For further explanation of challenges of common sterilization processes see Annex B.

e) maintain sterile barrier integrity until its time of use;
f) ensure aseptic presentation at the point of use;
g) allow a method of closure that is tamper evident;
h) allow for ease of identification of contents.
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The user of the packaging materials should ensure that the sterile barrier system or packaging system

complies with ISO 11607-1, that requirements concerning product compatibility are met and that

processes for packaging, sterilization, storage and distribution are validated and controlled.

3.2.2.2 Selection considerations

The selection process at the health care facility should include an evaluation of the ability of both the

sterile barrier system and protective packaging (if required) utilized to maintain the integrity of that

sterile barrier system until its time of use and permit aseptic presentation at the point of use.

The choice of packaging components will be dependent on the risk associated with the medical device,

its conditions of use, the storage and transport requirements and health care procedures practiced at

the facility. These risks should be analysed by
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