Medical and Biocompatible Adhesives

March 12, 2018

In the medical field, biocompatible materials are key especially when dealing with certain medical devices.

DermaMed Coatings Company LLC has developed adhesive solutions when it comes to dealing with biocompatibility issues.

What are we talking about here? Regarding certain medical devices — listed by the FDA as any thing used to treat or diagnose a medical issue — adhesives used in those devices are considered part of the device themselves.

And while adhesive manufacturers are not specifically tested by the FDA, many device manufacturers themselves will only use adhesives which meet biocompatibility requirements.

An example of biocompatible medical adhesive is an epoxy used to lock a needle into the hub on a disposable syringe.

On the other hand, adhesives used in “machines” used in the medical field do not require specific testing for biocompatibility.

The biggest takeaway here is that the term “medical device adhesive” is a term that may not mean the specific adhesive has had any biocompatibility testing. If biocompatibility testing is required, it is important to contact the adhesive manufacturer for a test report or to have the testing performed.

We encourage you to contact the DermaMed team with any questions regarding your specific needs regarding medical and other custom adhesives.