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Jun 6, 2017

Highlights from HealthPack and ISTA TransPack Forum

Jun 6, 2017|DDL Events, HealthPack, ISTA|

DDL recently participated in the annual HealthPack Conference and ISTA TransPack Forum. Following is a recap of the highlights and issues that were discussed during this year’s conferences.

Beginning our adventure in Denver, CO, the turnout at HealthPack 2017 was even greater than in the past, with over 300 attendees. Some of the highlights from this […]

Mar 31, 2017

DDL Now Offering ICH Stability Storage

Mar 31, 2017|Stability Testing, Testing Services|

Stability storage space available for products requiring environmental conditions based on ICH Q1A (R2) guidelines
DDL, Inc. announced today it is now offering off-site stability storage space capacity at its Eden Prairie, MN lab facility for products requiring environmental conditions based on ICH Q1A (R2) specified guidelines.

The purpose of stability testing is to provide evidence on […]

Feb 9, 2017

Watch DDL’s PackReview Video on the Recent Update to ASTM D4169

Feb 9, 2017|ASTM D4169, Medical Device Package Testing, Packaging Validation|

Welcome to the latest edition of DDL’s PackReview video series. In this edition, DDL Packaging Engineers Scott Levy and Peter Johnson discuss the recent updates to ASTM -D4169 and address the following questions.

What are differences between ASTM D4169-14 and ASTM D4169-16?
Why they made the change?
Why the change is important?
What are the […]

Jan 25, 2017

DDL Now Offering ISO 11608-1 Testing for Needle-Based Auto Injection Systems

Jan 25, 2017|ISO 11608, Medical Device Testing, Product Testing|

DDL, Inc. announced today it is now offering testing based on ISO 11608-1, the governing standard that specifies general requirements and test methods for needle-based injection systems. These new capabilities supplement DDL’s already extensive expertise in syringe, needle and combination product testing.

“Many new drugs and biologics coming to market today are well suited for administration […]

Jan 6, 2017

Investing in Test Method Validation Early Can Pay Off Later

Jan 6, 2017|Medical Device Testing, Test Method Validation|

By Jim McGovern, Validation Manager, DDL

The process of developing a medical device is expensive. A 2010 Stanford University study stated that the average cost to take a 510(k) product from concept to market was $31 million. The cost of high-risk PMA (Class III devices) averaged $94 million. It is reasonable to assume the costs haven’t […]

Dec 19, 2016

ISO 80369-7: Changing the Standard for Luer Connectors

Dec 19, 2016|ISO 80369, Luer Testing, Medical Device Testing|

A few months ago on October 14, ISO formally published 80369 Part 7, the long-awaited replacement to everyone’s familiar friend, ISO 594, the standard governing dimensions and performance requirements of Luer connectors. The publication caps a monumental change in the fundamental thinking surrounding devices that transfer liquids and gases in healthcare settings. Despite the Technical […]

Oct 26, 2016

DDL Now Offering ISO 80369 Testing for Small-Bore Connectors

Oct 26, 2016|DDL News, Medical Device Testing, Product Testing|

DDL is now offering testing based on the recently published ISO 80369-7 standard that specifies requirements and test methods for Luer connectors, in addition to the published parts of ISO 80369 for enteral (EnFit) and neuraxial connectors.

For over a decade, work has been underway to develop the ISO 80369 series of small-bore connector standards as […]

Sep 1, 2016

When Do You Need to Do Test Method Validation?

Sep 1, 2016|Test Method Validation|

By: Jim McGovern, Validation Manager, DDL
Recently, I participated in a discussion regarding the role of test method validation (TMV) in new product development. Included in that discussion was a question that comes up frequently, “When do we need to do test method validation?” One of the parties in the discussion volunteered an answer (paraphrased):

You need […]

Jul 11, 2016

ASTM D4169 Truck Profile Update

Jul 11, 2016|ASTM, ASTM D4169, Packaging Validation|

ASTM D4169, the standard practice for performance testing of shipping containers and systems, has recently been updated. The truck vibration data, profiles and testing techniques are the basis for the updates. Following is a summary of the rational for the update.

Rational for Update
In recent years the truck profile data referenced in ASTM D4169 Section 12.4 […]

Jun 9, 2016

DDL PackReview: ASTM-F1929 Dye Penetration

Jun 9, 2016|Medical Device Package Testing, Packaging Validation, Seal Strength Testing|

In this edition of DDL’s PackReview series, DDL Packaging Engineers Scott Levy and Peter Johnson discuss the following topics on ASTM –F1929 Dye Penetration testing:

What is Dye Penetration?
Why use it?
What are the different methods?
What are the major concerns?
Can anybody do ASTM-F1929?

Dye Penetration is a physical seal integrity test. The test […]

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