AAMI Offers Course on Radiation Sterilization for Medical Devices

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is offering a course, Radiation Sterilization for Medical Devices, Dec. 7-10, 2010 in Phoenix. This 3½ day program covers principles, processes, industry best practices, and industry standards in radiation sterilization for medical devices. The course examines:

- FDA expectations regarding successful submissions and inspections, recalls, problem solving, and risk avoidance

- Scientific theory and principles of radiation sterilization

- The new global ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11137 series on radiation sterilization standards

- Integration of industry standards with the Quality System regulation

- Sterility Assurance Levels (SALs)

- Auditing processes for contract laboratories and sterilizers

- Radiation sterilization processing, including safety precautions, characteristics, constraints, and impact of radiation operations

This course is designed to be highly interactive between faculty and participants and will include relevant real life examples and "hands-on" exercises from a broad spectrum of medical device products.

This course is for professionals currently working in or with sterilization processes, particularly related to radiation sterilization. This includes design and process engineers, manufacturing and operations managers, and members of research and development or new product development teams. For participants to gain the maximum benefit from this course, it is recommended they have a working knowledge of general sterilization principles.

In consultation with industry, government leaders, and educational experts, this course was developed to meet the medical device industrys need for a better understanding of radiation sterilization principles, standards, and methods. The course will be taught by a mix of independent experts and industry representatives experienced in radiation sterilization. Instructors will provide a balanced presentation of radiation sterilization principles and practices as described in topics above.

Participants will receive the following course materials :

ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11137-1:2006 Sterilization of health products Radiation Part 1: Requirements for the development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices;

ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11137-2:2006 Sterilization of health products Radiation Part 2: Establishing the sterilization dose;

ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11137-3:2006 Sterilization of health products Radiation Part 3: Guidance on dosimetric aspects;

Pertinent FDA documents; additional references; and a participant's guide for easy note-taking.

Fees and Registration

Fees include participant notebook of course materials and case studies; relevant standards and technical information reports; pertinent FDA documents and additional references; and continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Click here to go to registration.

For more information, visit: http://www.aami.org/meetings/courses/radiation.html

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