ASTM International to host symposium on antimicrobial combination devices

Aug. 28, 2019

The ASTM International committee on medical and surgical materials and devices (F04) is sponsoring the Symposium on Antimicrobial Combination Devices, Nov. 5, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Houston, in Texas, USA. The symposium will take place in conjunction with the November standards development meetings of the committee.

The objective of the symposium is to discuss unmet needs regarding standards for antimicrobial combination devices, including antimicrobial coatings on implants, antibiotic addition to bone cement, and antibiotic eluting devices.

The symposium will build on the success of the previously held workshop on the same subject. It will bring to light the current state of standards and techniques utilized in the field, and to compare these techniques to other investigative methods.

Topics for this symposium will include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis methods for quantifying biofilm,
  • Analysis methods for quantifying elution and efficacy,
  • Antibiotic bone cement,
  • Antimicrobial coatings on medical devices,
  • Medical devices that elute antibiotics.

Online registration is now open and closes on October 30, 2019. Technical questions can be directed to the symposia chairman Ken Urish ([email protected]) or co-chair Bill Mihalko ([email protected]).