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NIST Workshop on Reference Data for the Properties of Biomaterials



John A. Tesk


The needs for reference data on properties of biomaterials were identified at a workshop held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on July 27, 2000 and co-organized by NIST and the Society of Biomaterials. The 65 registrants from industry, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and academia joined with NIST staff to determine the extent of needs for reference data for biomaterials. Special attention was paid to critiqued reference data as traditionally found in NIST data bases. Individual, concurrent breakout sessions addressed orthopaedic, cardiovascular, ophthalmologic, tissue-engineered, dental, and general biomaterials.Although the workshop was organized with the focus on reference data for biomaterials, the conclusion from participants was that there were often needs for reference biomaterials. Both were seen as necessary for facilitating the deployment of new health care delivery devices and for the development of national and international standards. Owing to the rapid pace of innovation the timely availability of reference data and reference biomaterials was deemed more critical to progress than completeness of the data in most situations. In addition to reference data, over 17 reference materials of polymers, monomers, alloys, composites and ceramics were identified. For the newly emerging tissue-engineering arena, a standard, porous, polymer scaffold that is characterized physically, chemically, and for cellular response, was a high priority need as scaffolds are key components of tissue-engineered products.Follow-up meetings are needed for the forming of alliances to help facilitate the enormous effort that will be required to meet the needs of industry, researchers, regulators, and standards-setting organization committees.
Journal of Applied Biomaterials
No. 4


biomaterial databases, biomaterial properties, biomaterials, reference biomaterials, reference data on biomaterials


Tesk, J. (2001), NIST Workshop on Reference Data for the Properties of Biomaterials, Journal of Applied Biomaterials, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created February 1, 2001, Updated February 17, 2017