Accelerated Aging

The purpose of accelerated aging testing is to speed up the effects of time on a product. This is done to predict the long-term durability and to support shelf-life and expiration dating claims. This is often used in the medical device packaging industry. The relationship between temperature and product life is utilized to determine the test duration of accelerated aging.

In conjunction with a package validation test plan (within ISO 11607 guidelines), accelerated aging can generate quick results.  Accelerated aging data is useful to produce a broad understanding of the effects time may have on a product.

The typical standard followed in producing these results is ASTM F1980: Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices.