IoPP Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging - Day 1

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Location: Room 207B

Event Information

Title: IoPP Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging - Day 1

Event Type: Workshops


Syllabus & Agenda

DAY ONE: Designing Packaging for Sterile Medical Devices
Objectives: Students will learn the basics of sterile packaging material selection, sterile barrier system design and sustainability considerations relating to medical device packaging.

11:30 AM - 12 PM: Light lunch

12 - 12:30 PM: Keynote/Introduction: What Do Medical Device Engineers Do?
Instructor: Jen Benolken
The course will kick off with an inspirational call to students in medical device packaging, giving them an idea of the dynamic opportunities available to medical device packaging engineers.
12:30 - 2:30 PM: Materials Used for Sterile Barrier Packaging—Hands-On Workshop
The myriad of material choices and packaging forms available to packaging professionals when designing a medical device package can be overwhelming. This section will focus on considerations that drive the selection of packaging materials and format to deliver the best user value. Flexible, semi-rigid and rigid packaging forms will be discussed, with attention given to key materials and design criteria for each form type, whether a flexible pouch, formed tray, or molded tube or case. Examples of specific packaging forms will be shared, along with pragmatic suggestions. Attendees will leave this session with a broader understanding of the materials and forms of packaging.

2:30 PM: Break

2:45 - 4:15 PM: Designing Sterile Barrier Systems
Design inputs and subsequent outputs form the basis for developing designs in medical device packaging. They are essential requirements and building blocks to ensure the sterile barrier system design maintains its integrity through the end-to-end life cycle while ensuring customer requirements and usability are met. Students will gain an overall understanding of critical inputs and what goes into developing them, taking into account such factors as the device weight, geometric features, light and moisture sensitivity, sterilization method and customer requirements.

4:15 PM: Break

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Sustainability and Medical Device Packaging
The need for sustainable medical device packaging solutions is more important than ever. This session will provide a foundational understanding of sustainability principles, including the drivers of change; guidance on how packaging designs can be optimized to reduce material, increase the likelihood of recovery or reuse; and how to maximize the use of recycled materials. The session will include a deep dive into mechanical and advanced recycling techniques with an emphasis on the challenges faced in medical device packaging. Students will learn what tools are available, including Life Cycle Assessments and design guides, to engrain sustainability principles into their future packaging development efforts.

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This new course, developed in conjunction with the IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee, introduces you to the requirements of medical device packaging.

The course consists of three half-day sessions and occurs at MD&M West in Anaheim. The curriculum includes classroom instruction and in-depth discussions, along with demonstrations at participating exhibitor booths of various machinery used to create medical device packaging.

Not technical? No problem. This course is designed for those new to packaging or medical device packaging. It can bring you up to speed on the essential knowledge needed to understand this complex packaging industry segment.

What topics are covered?

  • Materials used for sterile barrier packaging
  • Designing sterile barrier systems
  • Manufacturing packaging for sterile medical devices
  • Qualifying equipment and validating processes
  • Sterilization of medical devices for packaging engineers
  • Regulations, standards, and quality systems for medical device packaging
  • Risk analysis and design assurance
  • CAPA, troubleshooting and remediation strategies

Who should attend?

  • Anyone new to medical device packaging and in need of a broad introduction.
  • Managers who want a wider view of medical device packaging.
  • Sales reps looking to learn the language of medical device packaging.
  • Engineers or technicians with part-time responsibility in packaging.
  • Packaging professionals changing focus and wanting to "come up to speed” in a new area of packaging.
  • Purchasing professionals searching for more technical depth.
  • Students or professionals preparing for IoPP certification.

Professional Instructors

Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging is taught by a team of packaging professionals vetted and selected by the IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee.  

CPE credit

Completing the Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging course earns you 11 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit points. You must attend all training days to earn your Certificate of Completion and the CPE credit points. These can be applied toward the requirements for the IoPP Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) program.


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  • Workshops