The design and development of packaging systems have come under scrutiny by both international and domestic regulatory agencies.This scrutiny has placed a great deal of emphasis on standardizing the package development process.Some standardization has come from the International Organization for Standardization in its standard, ISO 11607.Although the existing standards provide guidance, there are some common pitfalls that occur when developing and validating a package system for a terminally sterilized medical device.TESTING A medical device's package plays a key role in safely delivering treatment to patients.It must ensure the integrity of the device from the point of manufacture to the point of final use.Regulatory authorities recognize the critical nature of a sterile barrier system.In fact, they consider packaging an accessory or a component of the medical device, which implies that the package system is nearly as important as the device itself.
The packaging process is extremely important as well.
The package must keep a device sterile throughout all the stresses and hazards generated by the manufacturing, shipping, and storage environments.
Ultimately, any device that is labeled as sterile but arrives nonsterile at the point of use can critically compromise patient safety.
It is important to know what they are and how to avoid them.
In addition, packaging often has a direct function in the application of the treatment; for example, it may act as a fixture or a dispenser.
Therefore, mechanical damage to a package cannot be tolerated.