ASTM F1670/F1670M-17

Standard Test Method For Resistance Of Materials Used In Protective Clothing To Penetration By Synthetic Blood


Standard Organization: ASTM

ASTM F1670/F1670M-17
Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Synthetic Blood

Recognition NumberGeneral Plastic Surgery/General Hospital
Recognition Date2018-06-07
Recognition List049
Recognition Number6-402
Extent Complete standard
Standards Orgs ASTM ASTM International
STG General Plastic Surgery/General Hospital
FDA Tech  Bifeng Qian   FDA/OMPT/CDRH/ODE/DAGID/INCB/   301-796-2261


This standard is relevant to medical devices and is recognized on its scientific and technical merit and/or because it supports existing regulatory policies.


1.1 This test method is used to evaluate the resistance of materials used in protective clothing to penetration by synthetic blood under conditions of continuous liquid contact. Protective clothing pass/fail determinations are based on visual detection of synthetic blood penetration.

1.1.1 This test method is not always effective in testing protective clothing materials having thick, inner liners which readily absorb the synthetic blood.

1.2 This test method is a means for selecting protective clothing materials for subsequent testing with a more sophisticated barrier test as described in Test Method F1671.

1.3 This test method does not apply to all forms or conditions of blood-borne pathogen exposure. Users of the test method must review modes for work/clothing exposure and assess the appropriateness of this test method for their specific application.

1.4 This test method addresses only the performance of materials or certain material constructions (for example, seams) used in protective clothing. This test method does not address the design, overall construction and components, or interfaces of garments, or other factors which may affect the overall protection offered by the protective clothing.

1.5 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

Code of Federal Regulations:

Regulation Number Device Name Device Class Product Code
§878.4370 Drape, Surgical Class 2 KKX
§878.4040 Gown, Isolation, Surgical Class 2 FYC
§878.4040 Gown, Surgical Class 2 FYA

FDA Guidance:

Guidance on Premarket Notification [510(k)] Submissions for Surgical Gowns and Surgical Drapes. Issued August 1993.

Premarket Notification Requirements Concerning Gowns Intended for Use in Health Care Settings - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff. Issued December 2015.

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