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Particulate Analysis

Particulate Analysis

Particulate Analysis testing includes procedures for removing, counting and sizing particulate contaminants on or in medical devices, stents, catheters, pharmaceuticals, IV Bags and contact lens solutions.

This test is useful for determining the amount of particulate matter coming from the manufacturing environment and use of the medical device or pharmaceutical product as well as identifying the potential sources of particulates.. Nelson Laboratories performs both USP recommended methods: Light Obscuration (via the HIAC Royco particle counter) and Microscopic as well as EN45502 and ISO14708 for implantable devices, USP <789> for ophthalmic solutions, ISO8536-4 and ISO 1135-4 for gravity fed infusion devices and accessories, ANSI AAMI AT6 for autologous transfusion devices and AAMI TIR for vascular devices.

Applicable Standards

USP 788    |    EN 45502    |    ISO 14708    |    USP 789    |    ISO 8536    |    ISO 1135    |    ANSI/AAMI AT6    |    ANSI/AAMI TIR 42

Pricing/Quote

Test Price Request Quote
PAR110 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Automatic, HIAC ROYCO)
Per sample1 - 10
11+
$275.00
$220.00
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PAR115 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Automatic, non-std.,extraction or prep.)
Per sample1+$375.00
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PAR120 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Automatic, HIAC ROYCO)
Per sample1 - 9
10+
$205.00
$180.00
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PAR210 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Microscopic Method)
Per sample1+$315.00
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PAR220 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Microscopic Method)
Per sample1+$275.00
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PAR225 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Microscopic Method) non-std.,extraction or prep.
Per sample1+$375.00
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PAR330 - Particulate Analysis: ISO 1135-4 Protocol (infusion sets)
Per sample1+$775.00
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PAR335 - Particulate Analysis: ISO 8536-4 Protocol (infusion sets)
Per sample1+$775.00
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PAR715 - Particulate Analysis: Extraction fee
1+Quote
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PAR750 - Particulates: Recovery Validation Study
1+Quote
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PAR110 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Automatic, HIAC ROYCO)
Per sample1 - 10
11+
$275.00
$220.00
PAR115 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Automatic, non-std.,extraction or prep.)
Per sample1+$375.00
PAR120 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Automatic, HIAC ROYCO)
Per sample1 - 9
10+
$205.00
$180.00
PAR210 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Microscopic Method)
Per sample1+$315.00
PAR220 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Microscopic Method)
Per sample1+$275.00
PAR225 - Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Microscopic Method) non-std.,extraction or prep.
Per sample1+$375.00
PAR330 - Particulate Analysis: ISO 1135-4 Protocol (infusion sets)
Per sample1+$775.00
PAR335 - Particulate Analysis: ISO 8536-4 Protocol (infusion sets)
Per sample1+$775.00
PAR715 - Particulate Analysis: Extraction fee
1+Quote
PAR750 - Particulates: Recovery Validation Study
1+Quote

Turn Around Time

Standard turn around times (TAT) are listed below. Ask an expert for a specific consultation on your product.

Code Test TAT
PAR110 Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Automatic, HIAC ROYCO) 5
PAR115 Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Automatic, non-std.,extraction or prep.) 7
PAR120 Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Automatic, HIAC ROYCO) 5
PAR210 Particulate Analysis, USP: Device (Microscopic Method) 7
PAR220 Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Microscopic Method) 7
PAR225 Particulate Analysis, USP: Solution (Microscopic Method) non-std.,extraction or prep. 7
PAR330 Particulate Analysis: ISO 1135-4 Protocol (infusion sets) 7
PAR335 Particulate Analysis: ISO 8536-4 Protocol (infusion sets) 7
PAR750 Particulates: Recovery Validation Study 7
Code TAT
PAR110 5
PAR115 7
PAR120 5
PAR210 7
PAR220 7
PAR225 7
PAR330 7
PAR335 7
PAR750 7

Sample Specifications

PAR120: Minimum 25 mL per solution
PAR220: Minimum 25 mL per solution

Study Outline

Automatic HIAC Royco method USP <788>
This Particulate Analysis procedure is taken from the United States Pharmacopeia Method <788>, which gives criteria for injectable solutions.

Solutions are mixed by inverting 20 times, allowing the solutions to degas, then analyzing on liquid particle counter.
Devices are extracted with an appropriate solvent such as low particulate water by flushing, rinsing or orbital shaking. The extracts are degassed and tested on the liquid particle counter. There are currently no USP requirements for medical devices.

 The particle counter withdraws not less than three aliquots, of not less than 5 ml. The liquid particle counter is capable of calculating the average cumulative counts, average differential counts, average cumulative counts per ml and average differential counts per ml. Per the USP, It will automatically omit the data from the first run.
 The size ranges used for USP testing are ≥10 and ≥25 μm. The liquid particle counter is capable of sizing and counting particles ranging from 2.0 μm to 150 μm. It will count particles larger than 150 μm, but will not be able to accurately size them. Sponsors may select any particle size range(s) between 2.0 – 150 μm appropriate for the test sample.
 
Microscopic method USP <788>
Some injections cannot be tested by light obscuration (Stage 1) for technical reasons. Examples of such products are emulsions, colloids, liposomal preparations and products that produce air or gas bubbles when drawn into the sensor, such as bicarbonate-buffered formulations. For these products, microscopic testing may be used exclusively.

The procedure is taken from the United States Pharmacopeia Method <788>, which gives criteria for injectable solutions.
Devices are extracted with an appropriate solvent such as low particulate water by flushing, rinsing and/or orbital shaking. Solutions, whether device effluent or liquid sample, are filtered through a pre-cleaned,  1.0 µm or finer pore size, membrane filter.

After filtration, the membrane filters are placed into petri slides and dried. Microscope slides are analyzed under a microscope, using a calibrated graticule, at 100X magnification. Using oblique illumination at an angle of 10˚ to 20˚, the particulates on the surface of the membrane are sized and counted  using the graticule micrometer.

 The size ranges used for USP testing are ≥10 and ≥25 μm. Additional sizes can be enumerated ranging from 10 µm to 1,000 µm. Sponsors may select any particle size range(s) between 10 – 1,000 μm as appropriate for the test sample.

In addition to sizing and counting particulate matter, photos and general characterization of particulates can be provided upon sponsor request. 

EN 45502 and ISO 14708
 The test is an automatic particulate analysis which is specific to active implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, leads and other accessories that may be partially or completely implanted.  The device and accessories are immersed in physiological saline using a surface to volume ratio.  The device is then incubated on an orbital shaker for 8 – 18 hours.  The solution is analyzed using an automated particulate counter.  The particles are enumerated for particles sized >2 µm, >5 µm, and >25 µm.
 
NOTE: Surface area or volume of the device and accessories are required for calculations.

USP <789>
The test is an automatic or microscopic particulate analysis for ophthalmic solutions. This standard is similar to USP <788> but includes specifications and instructions specific to solutions that have ophthalmic applications. For microscopic testing, ≥50 μm particulate sizes are evaluated in addition to ≥10 µm and ≥25 μm for the light obscuration method.

ISO 8536-4 and ISO 1135-4
 The test is a microscopic particulate analysis which is specific to gravity fed infusion devices and accessories used in gravity fed infusion. The specification is provided as an ‘N’ value (also known as the contamination index) which is calculated using enumerated and sized particles ranging from 25-50 µm, 51-100 µm, and ˃100 μm.

ANSI/AAMI AT6
This test is a microscopic particulate analysis of which autologous transfusion devices must adhere to  for a variety of physical tests including particulate matter requirements. The device is filled to volume with low particulate water. The water is then drained, collected  and filtered through a membrane filter, followed by a microscopic particulate enumeration of ≥10 µm and ≥25 μm particle sizes as well as fibers.

ANSI/AAMI TIR 42 and FDA Guidance document for Certain Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty Catheters (PTCA)

Nelson Laboratories also has a great deal of experience in the new regulatory guidance documents regarding particulate matter testing of vascular medical devices. Services include assistance in developing custom test procedures to simulate the use of the device, procedure validation, full service extraction, exhaustive rinse and analysis and assistance in composition analysis of particulate matter.

Sample size/recommended replicates: USP requirements state that “the number of test specimens must be adequate to provide statistically sound assessment of whether a batch or other large group or units represented by the test specimens meets or exceeds the limits. For small volume injections where the individual unit volume is 25 ml or more, fewer than 10 units may be tested, based on the definition of an appropriate sampling plan.”
 For large volume injections, individual units are tested.