Accelerated aging and shelf life tests can help determine how environmental conditions including, temperature, humidity and light will affect the lifespan and integrity of your product.
Medical Device Accelerated Aging
Accelerated aging is especially important for medical device manufacturers to estimate the useful life of a product when it has yet to be determined under normal use. Our medical device testing experts can help predict the lifespan and safety of your product.
Our accelerated aging test methods use environmental chambers to determine the effects of temperature, humidity, UV exposure (UVA or UVB) and Cool White UV (indoor lighting cranked at a higher intensity) in compressed time and in a laboratory environment. The most common accelerated aging test we perform is ASTM F1980.
Food Industry Shelf Life Testing
Shelf life testing helps determine if the packaging will protect a perishable product. Food packaging material has to provide insulation from temperature extremes, and dry food products can be ruined by humidity.
Element is equipped with a wide variety of environmental chambers and test set-ups to simulate such extremes and help determine the shelf life and durability of your product.
What is the duration of an accelerated aging or shelf life test?
The calculation for length of testing time is derived from the Arrhenius reaction rate function. The ultimate test duration is up to you, but there are plenty of industry recognized standards to follow.
Our experts can use their experience and known industry standards to help decide the testing best suited for your product. For more information about our accelerated aging and shelf life testing, contact us today.
Common Accelerated Aging and Shelf Life Services
ICH Photostability Testing
Our experts are equipped to perform photostability testing to standards of the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH). Element's stability chambers include fluorescent light systems with daylight lamps for full spectrum, artificial daylight stability testing and Ultraviolet A lamps for near ultraviolet testing to meet FDA and ICH requirements.
Container and Package Testing
Our services are designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). Element's state-of-the-art ISTA testing labs are equipped with high-frequency vibration and shock equipment, walk-in chambers for large components, and customizable fixtures for unique and challenging projects.
Standards we test to
American Society for Testing & Materials
ASTM F1980: Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices
ASTM D4332: Standard Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing
ASTM F1327: Standard Terminology Relating to Barrier Materials for Medical Packaging
ANSI / AAMI / ISO 11607: Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices
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