Working Groups

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee (TC) is EASSI’s forum for discussion of technical questions regarding sutures, meshes and needles. The TC’s main purpose is to guarantee a high quality level of the medical devices in question by actively monitoring, developing and promoting standards. The Technical Committee is also in charge of observing relevant regulatory developments and formulating EASSI’s position on legislative initiatives.

The Technical Committee currently has the following 2 Working Groups (WG):

WG “Standardization of Surgical Meshes” (SSM)

The SSM aims at developing standardized test methods for surgical meshes. The tests refer to:
  • linear tensile strength
  • suture pull-out force
  • burst strength
  • pore size.

WG “Needles”

The aim of the working group is to identify and define surgical needle specifications and their corresponding testing methods.

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