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ISO TS 13004

1st Edition, May 1, 2013

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Sterilization of health care products - Radiation - Substantiation of selected sterilization dose: Method VDmaxSD

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This Technical Specification describes a method for substantiating a selected sterilization dose of 17,5, 20, 22,5, 27,5, 30, 32,5 or 35 kGy that achieves a sterility assurance level (SAL) of 10−6 or less for radiation sterilization of health care products. This Technical Specification also specifies a method of sterilization dose audit used to demonstrate the continued effectiveness of the substantiated sterilization dose.

NOTE Selection and substantiation of the sterilization dose is used to meet the requirements for establishing the sterilizing does within process definition in ISO 11137-1


This method is for the substantiation of a selected sterilization does of 17,5, 20, 22,5, 27,5, 30, 32,5 or 35 kGy only and is not used oto substantiate other sterilization doses. The method is not used for the substantiation of a selected sterilization does if the average bioburden of the entire product item exceeds the limit specified for the selected for the selected sterilization does.

NOTE The methods for subst antiation of selected sterilization doses of 25 kGy and 15 kGy are not included in this Technical Specification; they are described in ISO 11137-2.


If the decision is made to use this method of sterilization does establishment, the method is to be followed according to the requirements (shall) and guidance (should) stipulated herein.
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