Accelerated Aging is commonly used in the medical device industry to accelerate the effects of time on a Sterile Barrier System to establish shelf-life parameters. The Accelerated Aging process is based on the relationship of temperature and reaction rate where an increase in temperature increases the reaction rate.Properly applied in a package validation test plan (within ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11607 guidelines), this can result in a decreased time to market. For example, a Sterile Barrier System that is subjected to 40 days of accelerated aging at +55° Celsius has similar aging characteristics as a 1 year old sample perthe Arrhenius equation. Accelerated Aging data is recognized by regulatory bodies as an acceptable means to generate data quickly, but this data is only accepted until those tests can be correlated to "Real Time" samples.
Inside the chamber, we can test the shelf life of medical device packages by accelerating aging up to 10 times normal rate.
Westpak continually upgrades and expands its equipment line-up. Therefore this list is a minimum of our capabilities:
(23) Chambers with 3800 ft³ (108 m³)
Accelerated Aging Video