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November 16, 2020
November 20, 2020


Katrien Salens
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We are happy to announce Nelson Labs and our sister company Sterigenics will be exhibiting at the 2020 VIRTUAL Medica/Compamed tradeshow, November 16-19, 2020.

Check out our online company profile here.

Check out Sterigenics’ company profile here. 

We will also have two live video presentations. Please find below all practical information around these presentations:


Cleaning validations for reusable devices

Presenter: Lise Vanderkelen

Lise Vanderkelen received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2012. She started at Nelson Labs Europe in 2013 as Study Director Extractables & Leachables, focusing on parenteral applications, and in 2014, she became responsible for the chemical characterization testing of medical devices (ISO 10993-18).

Abstract: Reprocessing validations of Reusable medical devices have seen overlooked for quite some time. With the upcoming MDR requirements and US FDA Scrutiny over reusable medical devices has shed a light to their importance and significance. The presentation will highlight some of the key aspects of what is required  for cleaning validation studies, the first step in the reprocessing cycle.

Timing: Thursday 19/11 at 11:20 – 11:50 CEST

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An outline of current medical face mask performance requirements and testing

Presenter: Janelle Bentz

Janelle has been employed at Nelson Laboratories for nearly 6 years and is the department scientist in the Protective Barriers department of the company. As an expert in many of the surgical gown and drape and medical face mask and respirator standards she helps oversee the testing in this section. As convener of ISO TC94/SC13/WG6, she helps lead standard development for testing medical protective clothing.  Her presentation will outline the test methods required for both medical face masks and NIOSH approved N95 respirators in an effort to highlight the difference between the two products and their uses. She received a BS in biochemistry from Brigham Young University and an MS from the University of Queensland. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Brigham Young University in addition to responsibilities at Nelson Laboratories.

Abstract: Medical face masks and respirators have taken the spotlight during the current pandemic. With the increased emphasis on wearing of face coverings an understanding of the testing required for approval of these products is imperative. An understanding of the difference between these two products and the test methods used to prove compliance is important for choosing the appropriate product to ensure the right mask is used for each purpose. Test methods can range from simple air differential tests to complicated bacterial filtration efficiency tests; each of these tests gives important information about the functionality of the product.

Medical face masks are manufactured and tested with the patient in mind, and testing demonstrates this. Testing for these products is directed toward expected conditions in a medical environment, and includes bacterial filtration efficiency testing, flammability testing, and synthetic blood penetration testing. NIOSH approved respirators are generally used in industrial settings and are meant to protect the user. Testing for these products focuses more on expected conditions when protection is needed from small particulates.

Timing: Thursday 19/11 at 14:40-15:10 CEST

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