ARLINGTON, Va.—A new course called "Radiation Sterilization for Medical Devices," offered by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), will cover principles, processes, industry best practices, and industry standards in radiation sterilization for medical devices.
The course will be held Oct. 2-5, 2012, at the Ritz-Carlton Denver.
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 industry’s 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.
The course will examine:
• 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, AAMI reported.