Polymer analysis for the medical industry

Polymers associated with medical devices

Plastics bring a particular advantage to medical applications because of their functional properties: biocompatibility, single use, safety, aseptization…

For example, biocompatibility is the sinequanone property for medical devices, it designates the capacity of a material, in this case plastic, to be inert from a toxicological point of view, but also to be totally transparent for the human organism, without generating inflammatory reactions.

Another example, which is becoming increasingly important in this sector, is biodegradability: polymers are absorbed by the human body (resorbable threads, film on capsules, etc.). Most are made of PLA (polylactic acid) and PGA (polyglycolic acid).

Thus, the medical devices sector is very enterprising in the field of research, always with the aim of improving the products and thus the care of patients and their comfort.

In order to better control your raw materials and finished products, with the aim of ensuring consumer safety and product quality, and to comply with environmental and regulatory requirements, FILAB is your ally in this field, thanks to its technical experts and its comprehensive analytical facilities for polymer characterization.

FILAB techniques for polymer characterization for medical devices: study of physicochemical and thermal properties by DSC, ATG, ATG-FTIR, GPC, Pyrolysis-GCMS, GCMS, NMR, SEM-FEG-EDX, FTIR…

Discover examples of polymer analysis applications on medical devices:

Our analysis

  • Analysis and identification of biodegradable polymers

  • Analysis of cleaning residues on polymeric medical devices according to ISO 19227

  • Raw material analysis for additive manufacturing (3D printing)

Thomas GAUTIER Head of Materials Department
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