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Abstracts Invited for ASTM International Virtual Workshop on Fast-Tracking PPE Standards Development

Abstracts for presentation are invited for the ASTM International virtual workshop on Fast-Tracking Standards Development to Address Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortages Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sept. 9-10, 2020. ASTM International’s committees on medical and surgical materials and devices (F04) and personal protective clothing and equipment (F23) will be co-sponsoring the virtual workshop.

The objectives of the workshop are to leverage efforts to alleviate PPE shortages and identify subjects for new standards that address shortages for the current pandemic and possible future outbreaks. This workshop will provide a forum for engineers, scientists, and medical professionals worldwide to exchange ideas and identify areas for needed standard development.

Topics for discussion include:

  • current issues with decontaminating single use PPE,
  • cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization,
  • assessing the performance of devices and device components in short supply,
  • current standards being used and more.

To participate in the workshop, authors must submit a 300-word abstract clearly identifying new standards or revisions to existing standards needed. Please email the abstract for consideration to symposia@astm.org no later than July 26, 2020.

Additional technical information is available from the workshop chairs. For more information on the workshop, please visit www.astm.org/F04F23WorkshopSept2020.

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