The SMTL are UKAS accredited for the testing of urethral catheters to the European Standard (BS EN 1616:1997 Sterile urethral catheters for single use).

There are a number of monographs in the standard that urethral catheters need to pass to in order to demonstrate compliance with the standard:

  • Dimensions
  • Strength
  • Connector Security
  • Occlusion of drainage eyes and leakage from balloons
  • Balloon recovery volume
  • Flow rate
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Corrosion
  • Labelling
  • Surface finish


If you wish to commission testing of your urethral catheter, then contact the SMTL:

Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory, Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road, Bridgend, UK, CF31 1RQ.

Tel: +44 (0) 1656 752820

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