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VOC and Particle Testing for Medical Devices

We offer testing and compliance assistance for manufacturers, helping ensure quicker U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for respiratory and ventilation devices and accessories.

Medical devices with breathing gas pathways

Medical device VOC and particle testing solutions to meet ISO 18562 standards and regulations

Our volatile organic compound (VOC) and particle testing services determine biocompatibility of medical devices. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 18562 testing is provided to the FDA as part of the 510(k) submission.

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Regulatory process

The regulatory approval process for medical devices is complex and not always well-defined. The FDA is the federal agency responsible for the regulatory oversight of medical devices in the U.S. Most medical device premarket reviews conducted by the FDA fall under its 510(k) Premarket Notification program. In addition to the device description, equivalent devices, software and performance testing information, the FDA 510(k) submission must include data regarding the biocompatibility of any patient contacting materials, directly or indirectly.

Biocompatibility evaluation

For respiratory and ventilation devices, a key component of the biocompatibility evaluation is measuring chemicals and particles that may be released into the breathing gas pathway. Until recently, only general guidance was provided to define how manufacturers should measure and assess biocompatibility of the breathing gas pathway. The new ISO 18562 Biocompatibility Evaluation of Respiratory Gas Pathways in Healthcare Applications series of standards are being formed to provide additional guidance and standardization for evaluating respiratory and ventilation devices.

Product scope

The test methods and risk assessment requirements in these standards apply to all medical devices, parts and accessories that may contact the breathing gas pathway. The scope of products affected by these standards includes:

  • ventilators
  • anesthesia workstations (including gas mixers)
  • breathing systems
  • oxygen conserving equipment
  • oxygen concentrators
  • nebulizers
  • low-pressure hoses
  • humidifiers
  • heat and moisture exchangers
  • respiratory gas monitors
  • respiration monitors
  • masks
  • mouthpieces
  • resuscitators
  • breathing tubes
  • breathing systems filters
  • Y-pieces
  • and many accessories

The enclosed chamber of an incubator, including the mattress and the inner surface of an oxygen hood, are considered to be gas pathways and are also addressed.

Our UL Environment team is an industry leader in chemical risk assessment, providing testing and compliance assistance for manufacturers to help ensure clearance of FDA 510(k) submissions for respiratory and ventilation devices and accessories.

Why UL for VOC testing services

Our UL team is an industry leader in chemical risk assessment, providing testing and compliance assistance for manufacturers to help ensure clearance of FDA 510(k) submissions for respiratory and ventilation devices and accessories.

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