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October 25, 2016 07:30 ET

Toxicological Risk Assessment Based on Extractable/Leachable (E/L) Data: Benefits and Limitations, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 25, 2016) - Industry expert Kevin Connor, Ph.D., DABT a Study Director at ToxSMART will discuss Toxicological Risk Assessment (TRA) and how it has been an important tool in the safety assessment of biomedical device, by providing a chemical-based approach which complements a traditional animal-based testing program. Connor will also outline how need for TRA is growing and in some cases, will be considered as a means of circumventing animal testing in the safety evaluation of devices.

TRA is founded on the notion that, if all constituents of a product are known, then the safety (or risk) of a product can be assessed based on the toxicology of those constituents. The basis of the TRA under ISO 10993-17 and other guidelines pertaining to medical devices is typically an Extractable/Leachable (E/L) analysis of the medical device under study. The objective of the E/L analysis is to identify and quantify all substances that may be released from the test article during clinical use and in practical terms, is comprised of incubations of the test article in various media, e.g., water, ethanol, or hexane, at specific temperatures and durations. This approach can represent a substantial advancement in the risk assessment of solid materials, where the bulk concentration of its constituents offers very poor information on the potential exposure to users.

However, the E/L analysis can face several pitfalls towards achieving the objectives of risk assessment and current regulatory guidance leaves the analyst having to make many choices based on their own judgment. Based on current guidelines, a device that makes only brief patient contact is certainly classified differently than a device that is a permanent implant; however, often the E/L analysis for both uses nearly the same approach.

This webinar will discuss the collection of E/L data that are useful and relevant to risk assessment. Designing an E/L analysis requires one to consider not only the nature of the device and its constituent materials, but also the consumer/patient exposure, including the duration of expected exposure. One of the greatest uncertainties currently plaguing the risk assessment of medical devices is in the use of data from a single extraction (24-72 hours) and the (forced) assumption that the leaching of each analyte will (or will not) continue for the duration of the exposure period. However, this shortcoming of the data can be avoided with proper study design. Other potential pitfalls in the E/L analysis and the use of these data in risk assessment will be described, with the most important points being highlighted with several case studies. Participants will learn to recognize the most common pitfalls in E/L analysis as used in risk assessment and learn to avoid them.

Join the live broadcast on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11am EST (4pm GMT/UK). For more information or to register for this complimentary event, visit: Toxicological Risk Assessment Based on Extractable/Leachable (E/L) Data: Benefits and Limitations

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