What is the shelf life for IFCs and Control Line Fluid?
In March 2019, Fluidigm began adding use-by dates (expiration dates) to the labeling of product packaging for new batches of IFCs and Control Line Fluid. The assigned use-by date for each product is based on the results of real-time stability studies and is relative to the date of batch manufacture. Most products are stable for two years from the data of manufacture.
For IFCs and Control Line Fluid, a label that contains the use-by date is on the outer box. For IFCs, the same label appears on the moisture barrier pouch. The use-by date is identified by the hourglass, an internationally recognized symbol accepted by regulatory standards. The format is YYYY-MM, where YYYY = year and MM = month. Product is good through the last day of the month cited.
Product batches with labels that do not contain a use-by date contain a date code, which indicates the manufacture date. Contact your field application specialist (FAS) or tech support to determine the expiration date based on the date code.
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