TB 06/19Use of Copper Beryllium Alloy for Medical VIPRs

This Technical Bulletin is a revision of the 2012 edition and takes into account the new requirements of the Medical Device Regulation, and the lower Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) set in the United States of America, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA Guidance).

This Technical Bulletin outlines why copper beryllium alloy may be used in medical devices, and has an overview of research carried out to support this view.

As a consequence of this EIGA supports the use of beryllium copper for finished components such as springs and diaphragms within valves, regulators and similar accessories used for medical applications.

The Technical Bulletin is intended for all those who are involved in the specification of medical (and other) equipment that may contain copper beryllium alloy or who have to respond as to why the alloy is being used.