This is the first edition of CAN/CSA-ISO/TS 16775, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices — Guidance on the application of ISO 11607-1 and ISO 11607-2, which is an adoption without modification of the identically titled ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Technical Specification 16775 (first edition, 2014-05-15). At the time of publication, ISO/TS 16775:2014 is available from ISO in English only. CSA Group will publish the French version when it becomes available from ISO.
This Technical Specification provides guidance for the application of the requirements contained in ISO 11607?1 and ISO 11607?2. It does not add to, or otherwise change, the requirements of ISO 11607?1 and/or ISO 11607?2. This is an informative document, not normative. It does not include requirements to be used as basis of regulatory inspection or certification assessment activities.
The guidance can be used to better understand the requirements of ISO 11607?1 and/or ISO 11607?2 and illustrates some of the variety of methods and approaches available for meeting the requirements of those International Standards. It is not required that this document be used to demonstrate compliance with them.
Guidelines are given for evaluation, selection and use of packaging materials, preformed sterile barrier systems, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems. Guidance on validation requirements for forming, sealing and assembly processes is also given.
This Technical Specification provides information for health care facilities (see Clause 3) and for the medical devices industry (see Clause 4).
It does not provide guidance for applications of packaging materials and systems after their opening. In the use of packaging for other purposes such as a sterile field or transport of contaminated items, other regulatory standards will apply.