Complete EN 13795 Suite of Tests Offered by Nelson Laboratories

The European standard, EN 13795, addresses the barrier properties, cleanliness, and strength of surgical drapes, gowns, and clean air suits used to protect patients from secondary infections in the surgical suite. The standard was approved in 2011, updated in 2013, and is the current standard today.

Nelson Laboratories is proud to announce that we are able to perform the eight tests required to meet the EN 13795standard. The addition of Hydraulic Burst Test and Resistance to Dry Microbial Penetration Test in 2016 completed the suite of tests offered by Nelson Laboratories to help manufacturers meet the requirements of the European standard. The following tests have been certified by ANAB to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005:

  • HPT220 Resistance to Dry Microbial Penetration
  • HPT210 Resistance to Wet Bacterial Penetration
  • BIO220 Bioburden
  • PSA120 Particle Shed Analysis
  • HPT110 Hydrostatic Pressure
  • HPT230 Hydraulic Burst Test
  • PHY150 Tensile Test, Dry
  • PHY155 Tensile Testing

Manufacturers of surgical drapes, gowns, and clean air suits who will be marketing their products in Europe need to make sure their product offerings meet the requirements outlined by EN 13795. Additionally, meeting the requirements of this standard is important for manufacturers who are looking to obtain the CE label for their products.

For more information, contact Nelson Laboratories’ Protective Barriers department ProtectiveBarriersStudyDirectors@NelsonLabs.com.

Nelson Laboratories’ Experts Receive SOT Award

During the annual Society of Toxicology (SOT) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Michelle Lee and Audrey Turley from Nelson Laboratories were two of eleven authors awarded Best Overall Abstract for “Round Robin Study to Evaluate the Reconstructed Human Epidermis (RHE) Model as In Vitro Skin Irritation Test for Detection of Irritant Activity in Medical Device Extracts”. This abstract resulted in a poster presentation on the results of a worldwide collaboration to demonstrate the application of an in vitro skin irritation method for medical devices.

SOT_AwardThe acceptance of this method could significantly reduce the animal testing needed when determining the biocompatibility of medical devices. The initiative to reduce animal testing has primarily been led by Europe, but US regulatory bodies are adopting the initiative as well.

The irritation test is based on exposing RHE to device or material extracts, then performing a viability assay (using an MTT assay) where limits have been established to determine irritation potential based on an adopted method for chemicals from OECD 439: In Vitro Irritation: Reconstructed Human Epidermis Test Method.

Nelson Laboratories has been involved with this project long before it came to SOT, through our membership on the ISO working group for irritation. We have worked in conjunction with medical device manufacturers for this round robin. Look for a review of the official publication for this groundbreaking work in the near future.

Cleanroom Renovation Complete

At Nelson Laboratories, our values hinge on quality, service, and expertise. Our quality systems and world-class facilities are part of what elevates us in the MedTech industry.

We recently completed a two-year renovation to our state-of-the-art ISO Class 5 cleanroom. This space is where we perform important product sterility testing.

“I commend our product sterility team and laboratory management for the great coordination and management of this project,” said Jeff Hone, Vice President of Quality at Nelson Laboratories. “This puts us in a state of compliance with our cleanroom that will serve us for years to come.”

During the cleanroom renovations:

  • The isolator testing units were moved to a new, dedicated testing space to allow for more room related to product sterility testing – (additional space for sample processing and storage)
  • The floors were resurfaced with a solvent resistant surface to improve the ability to clean
  • The cleanroom walls were replaced with a high end cleanroom surface which is chemical resistant, easily sanitized and highly durable
  • Two new laminar flow hoods were installed
  • Low particulate construction materials were used to improve particulate interface

If you have any questions, please contact the Sterility Department Section Leader, Jonathan Swenson, at jswenson@nelsonlabs.com.

Nelson Laboratories Science Council

By Martell Winters

I am very excited for this new stage of Nelson Laboratories. For many years I have envisioned that the replacement of Dr. Jerry Nelson would be more than just a single person. The replacement needed to be a small group of highly qualified individuals to help drive the science of Nelson Laboratories.

The Nelson Laboratories Science Council had its first meeting yesterday to confirm the regular participants and discuss the charter and membership qualifications. We have a clear vision of how we will be working together to help expand the knowledge within Nelson Laboratories.

“As we continue to expand as a global leader in microbiological testing services, our scientific expertise is a differentiator for us as a company,” said Jeff Hone, Vice President of Quality at Nelson Laboratories.  “I am so excited to be working with this wonderful group of scientists to expand our scientific knowledge.”

I will serve as the chair of the council, with Tonya Morris as the vice-chair. The regular members of the council are as follows:

  • Martell Winters (Chair; AAMI/ISO participant and co-chair, liaison to AATB standards committee)
  • Tonya Morris (Vice-chair; AAMI/ISO/PDA participant)
  • Thor Rollins (AAMI/ISO participant)
  • Wendy Mach (USP Expert Committee, AAMI/ASTM participant)
  • Michelle Lee (AAMI/ISO/ASTM participant)
  • Alpa Patel (AAMI/ASTM participant)
  • Emily Mitzel (AAMI/ISO participant and co-chair)
  • Dennis Ransom (Master Scientist – Nelson Laboratories)

I look forward to working with this excellent group as we help to improve the science of the 10 Nelson Laboratories facilities, and as we interact in our industry.

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Nelson Laboratories Launches Redesigned Website

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – January 25, 2017 – Nelson Laboratories, a leading provider of testing services for Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Tissue and life science companies today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website, nelsonlabs.com. Highlights of the updated site include a cleaner and more attractive design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation features, and clearer calls to action for new and existing clients exploring the site.

Changes have been made to the site-wide navigation to help clients discover and order testing services. The refreshed site includes improved navigation when finding a test, easier to locate events and resources, and an optimized mobile and tablet experience to improve the user experience. Specifically, the ability to request a quote or submit a sample are now more readily available. Global facility contact information has also been added.

“With the new design, we wanted to meet the needs of new and existing clients by providing intuitive navigation to our testing services while highlighting the educational and scientific resources we provide to the MedTech industry,” said Paul Huish, Marketing Director at Nelson Laboratories. “The design is intended to improve the user experience, and we believe our clients will notice and appreciate these changes.”

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To see the updated site, visit www.nelsonlabs.com (https://www.nelsonlabs.com/).

About Nelson Laboratories:

Established in 1985, Nelson Laboratories, LLC is a business unit of Sterigenics International LLC and a leading provider of microbiological testing and consulting services for MedTech companies. We know that every test matters and requires solutions that improve patient outcomes and minimize client risk. It means working with customers to solve complex problems, providing precise test results, and delivering value through superior testing solutions and service to ensure the safety and efficacy of every product. Visit http://www.nelsonlabs.com for more information.

Jeffery Nelson Contributes on Panel for Biomed Professionals

MedTech innovation leaders gathered at the University of Texas in San Antonio to share their expertise with up-and-coming biomed talent. The Health Cell, a life sciences professional development and advocacy organization, created a pilot workshop series Developing and Clinically Introducing Medical Technologies. The four-part workshop focused on enabling scientists to become entrepreneurs began in October of 2016.

jeff-nelsonPresident of Nelson Laboratories, Jeffery Nelson, participated on a panel during the third workshop held on Monday, January 16, 2017. The focus of this panel was research, product development, manufacturing, verification, and validation.

“The Health Cell concept is a great way to support the growing Med Tech industry sector in San Antonio,” said Jeffery Nelson. “I was impressed by the group and honored to be invited to participate in their learning process.”

The need to educate bioscience professionals spurred the creation of this workshop series,” reported The Rivard Report. “Participants will learn how to develop a medical technology or MedTech device from concept, where patient needs are identified and a market is selected, to product development, testing, and manufacturing, all the way to clinical trials and market introduction.”

The fourth and final workshop in the series will include the topic of financing the pathway followed by a presentation of awards on February, 13, 2017.

More information on upcoming The Health Cell events can be found HERE.