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SPMC – Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence

1994

SPMC Is Founded
SPMC is formed as a council of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). Membership in SPMC is open to FPA member companies whose primary activity is the conversion of raw materials into flexible packaging or packaging components for medical devices.


1996

The First Test Method
SPMC develops its first standard for peel strength, notably addressing differences in technique. This is later incorporated into ASTM F88 Standard Test Method for Seal Strength of Flexible Barrier Materials.


2000

The First Guide
SPMC and other contributors draft the “Guide for Design and Evaluation of Primary Packaging for Medical Products,” which will later be recognized by ASTM and evolve into ASTM F2097.


2002

SPMC’s Marketing Committee is Formed
The SPMC Marketing Committee is created to advance SPMC as an industry resource. Their first order of business is the development of a logo and a website.


2003

Participation in ASTM
Reflecting the important role SPMC plays in ASTM, an SPMC member becomes chair of the ASTM F02.60 Subcommittee on Medical Packaging.

Website is Launched
SPMC launches its first website at www.sterilizationpackaging.org.


2004

SPMC Standards Form Basis for ASTM Standards
Originally developed by the SPMC, the following standards are submitted by SPMC to ASTM and form the basis for the eventual ASTM standards:

  • “Guide for the Design and Evaluation of Primary Medical Packaging” with task group leader Earl Hacket, Dupont Tyvek (ASTM F2097).
  • “Practice for Coating and Adhesive Weight Determination” (ASTM F2217).
  • “Test Method for Thickness Measurement of Flexible Packaging Material” (ASTM F2251).
  • “Practice for Evaluating Ink or Coating Adhesion to Flexible Packaging Materials Using Tape” (ASTM F2252).
  • “Practice for the Evaluation of Chemical Resistance of Inks and Coatings on Flexible Packaging Materials” (ASTM F2250).

2005

Trademark Awarded
A U.S. trademark is awarded for the SPMC logo, which depicts the chevron opening of a sterile package.


2006

Participation in ASTM
SPMC members become chairs for ASTM Subcommittees F02.50 and F02.20.

SPMC Performs Intra-Laboratory Study
SPMC publishes “A Round-Robin Approach to Seal Strength” in PMP News. SPMC members are primary participants in the intra-laboratory study for ASTM F88.


2007

Participation in AAMI
An SPMC member becomes co-chair of AAMI TC198/WG07 Packaging Work Group. AAMI releases TIR22, a compliance guide to ISO 11607. SPMC is recognized as a key contributor.

Standards Endure the Test of Time
Five standards submitted to ASTM by the SPMC and subsequently published by ASTM in 2003 reach the five-year review point and are reissued without any changes, proving that they have stood the test of time.

Series of Articles Published
SPMC’s Technical Group publishes several articles in the trade press including “Six Myths about ISO 11607” in PMP News, “Guidance on the New Packaging Standard,” a brief article about ISO 11607, in Medical Device Technology magazine, and “Complying with ISO 11607: What will TIR 22 Do for You?” in PMP News.


2008

SPMC and ISO
An SPMC member is named as convener of the ISO TC198/WG07 task force drafting an expanded guidance document for ISO 11607.

Understanding the Nuances of ISO 11607
SPMC participates in PMP News’ webcast titled "Understanding the Nuances of ISO 11607. Thirty-one new FAQs are developed, published in the magazine and added to SPMC’s website.

First Print Ad
SPMC publishes its first ad in Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News.


Online FAQs
SPMC launches a fully automated online FAQ section.


2009

The First International ASTM F02 Committee
SPMC organizes the first International F02 Subcommittee on Flexible Barrier Packaging. During a series of workshops in Prague, Americans and their European peers have the opportunity to experience the ASTM process.


2010

SPMC Participates in Webcast
SPMC participates in PMP News’ webcast, “Package Integrity: A Look at False Alarms.” SPMC’s Technical Group discusses whether material anomalies can threaten sterile barrier integrity.

SPMC launches a redesigned and optimized website

2012

Balloting Process Continues on ISO 11607
The international guidance document for ISO 11607, now ISO 16775, continues through the ballot process. The industrial guidance section is substantially based on AAMI TIR22, to which the SPMC Technical Committee has made significant contributions.

Leadership at ASTM
An SPMC member becomes chair of ASTM Committee F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging.

Presentation on Sustainability
SPMC delivers a presentation at HealthPack Europe on the sustainability of flexible packaging materials for medical devices.


2013

Participation in Webcast
SPMC’s Technical Committee presents the webcast, “Sterilization: A Sterile Packaging Perspective,” covering the impacts that different sterilization methods have on medical packaging materials and what to consider when developing such packaging.


2014

20 Year Anniversary
SPMC Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence!

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