Sealing and technical components used in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries are used in a wide range of applications. Laboratory and analytical equipment sealing products include gaskets and miniature components. Drug discovery and genetic research techniques often employ aggressive chemical environments that also demand ultra-high purity sealing components. Pharmaceutical applications range from drug discovery to development and full production of a wide range of chemical, biological and radiological products.
Chemically resistant seals and gaskets are available for many applications. The U.S. and EU Pharmacopoeia publishes information on drugs, dietary supplements and veterinarian medicine. The U.S.P. Class VI materials testing includes system toxicity and intracutaneous toxicity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues regulations for material in contact with food. The central regulation for elastomer materials is contained in 21 CFR 177.2600 - 'Rubber articles intended for repeated use'.