I have a table listing microbiology equipment supplies like microtubes, microplates etc. The rightmost column is called "срок годности" in Russian, which means "term of suitability", and is usually translated as "expiration date". The data in the column are in the format "12.2017" (month.year).
But isn't "expiration date" for edible and/or organic items and other "expiring" things only? The microtubes won't "expire", they might last several centuries yet, due to being made of plastic.
What could be a better name for this particular column? "Use by date"?