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Packaging Digest, Fall 2016

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39 www.PackagingDigest.com FALL 2016 // BEST PRACTICES currently exist in F02 that are specifc to rigid primary barrier packaging (such as bottles) and the many standards in F02 that apply to both fexible and rigid primary packaging." Another objective "was to allow potential new members to more easily assess whether F02 refects their interests," she explains. Te name change and associated update to the F02 scope was approved by F02 members in a ballot that concluded on April 9, she says. Dodrill says that the committee's work has been focused on primary packaging. "I anticipate that we'll see some new activity around barrier packaging particularly as it relates to integrity testing," she says. "Secondary packaging has been the responsibility of D10 Packaging and will continue to be so." (D10 is updating its scope. For more details, see below.) With F02's name change comes the relocation of some standards. "Committee F02 requested that the standards that were the responsibility of D10.32 Consumer, Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Child Resistant Packaging and the non- aerosol standards from D10.33 Mechanical Pump Dispensers be moved to F02," Dodrill says. So "the standards from D10.32 and the mechanical pump dispenser standards from D10.33 have been ofcially moved to F02. Some of the standards fell within the activities of current subcommittees—for example standards that dealt with integrity were moved into Subcommittee F02.40 Integrity. To address the balance of the standards, we created two new subcommittees, F02.25 Rigid Container Closure Systems and F02.30 Mechanical Dispensers." Dodrill says that regardless of which committee has responsibility for these standards, a number of them are in danger of being withdrawn due to lack of activity. "We are actively looking for people who are interested in container closure systems, child-resistant packaging, drug labeling, and mechanical pump dispensers to review and provide input on the existing standards and provide suggestions for new standards," Dodrill says. "I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in participating." At press time, ASTM F02 was preparing to meet Oct. 4-5, 2016, in Vienna, Austria. ASTM D10 was also preparing to meet Oct. 24-25 in Orlando, during which D10's scope change is expected to be approved. Larry Anderson, chairman of ASTM Committee D10 and vice president, operations, for TEN-E, explains that D10 chose to retain its "Packaging" name, but revise its scope. "We've always been known as 'Packaging,'" says Anderson. "Our scope was defned 30 years ago, though, so we asked whether it is in-line with what we're doing today. So we took our old scope and tried to make it more inclusive of the standards in our committee." With F02 covering primary barrier packaging, "D10 covers everything else related to packaging," he says. Its revised new scope will include "materials, design, package construction, processes, cushioning methods, testing, and packaged products that are acceptable for storage, handling, stacking, containment, and transport," reads the document now out for balloting. While these items have been covered during past and current D10 committee work, they weren't specifcally detailed as such in D10's scope. Participation in ASTM committee work is strongly encouraged. To get involved in ASTM Committees F02, D10, and others, please visit www.astm.org.

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