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Alpa Patel Celebrated for Contributions to New Test Soils Standard


Nelson Labs’ Alpa Patel was recognized by American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) for her dedicated work as part of the cleanliness task force in the creation of a new standard giving guidance for selecting test soils for medical device validations. The document is scheduled to be released in early 2017.

As a member of the F04.15 committee, Patel has been working on this standard, titled ‘WK50782, Standard Guide for Selecting Test Soils for Validation of Cleaning Methods for Reusable Medical Devices,’ for the past five years. This collaborative effort between the committee, the reprocessing industry, and the FDA is ongoing, as they will continue to add parts to the document in the future.

Patel has been a part of the F04.15 committee since 2007. As a certified microbiologist, she also serves as a senior scientist and a cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization consultant for Nelson Labs. Read her blog post Human Factor Considerations for Medical Device Manufacturers here.