GMP Environmental Monitoring in Pharmaceutical Clean Rooms

Roger Cowan Instructor:
Roger Cowan 
60 Minutes
Webinar ID: 500803

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$199 One Attendee
$399 Corporate Recorded

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Environmental Monitoring looks at the end results of the Environmental Control program - the microbiological and particulate quality of the clean room.

As the FDA Guideline on Aseptic Processing GMP (2004) states:
"In aseptic processing, one of the most important laboratory controls is the environmental monitoring program. This program provides meaningful information on the quality of the aseptic processing environment (e.g., when a given batch is being manufactured) as well as environmental trends of ancillary clean areas. Environmental monitoring should promptly identify potential routes of contamination, allowing for the implementation of corrections before product contamination occurs."

Therefore, ongoing environmental monitoring of a clean room environment is necessary to assure the quality and safety of pharmaceutical products.

Also, a proper understanding and testing of the clean room environment according to international regulatory standards is important from a compliance perspective.

Why should you Attend:
This webinar first explains the various US and international regulatory requirements for the various cleanroom classifications as well as the environmental monitoring of cleanroom environments.

Next, the presentation details the benefits, regulatory requirements, and testing requirements for a comprehensive Environmental Monitoring Program.

A description of Action and Alert Levels follows along with a discussion of how these levels are determined for a particular facility. Corrective and Preventative Actions are defined.

All current air monitoring systems for the measurement of non-viable particulate are fully reviewed.

All current air and surface monitoring systems for the measurement of microbial contaminants in the clean room are discussed in detail.

The subject of clean room contamination due to personnel is discussed. This includes both gowning techniques and aseptic practices.

Ongoing monitoring practices for the clean room environment are discussed with respect to the sampling frequency, sampling locations, and the investigation of action-level excursions.

This is followed by a discussion of how environmental monitoring data is reviewed for product release.

Finally, a comprehensive look is taken at the current thinking about the generation and review of Environmental Monitoring Data Trend Reports.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • GMP Compliance of Clean Room Environment
  • Regulatory Clean Room Classification and Requirements
  • Environmental Monitoring Program
  • Action and Alert Levels
  • Non-Viable Particulate Monitoring Systems
  • Microbial Monitoring Systems
  • Personnel Gowning and Aseptic Practices in Clean Room
  • Clean Room Monitoring Practices - Frequency, Locations, and Investigations
  • Product Release
  • Environmental Monitoring Data Trend reports

Who Will Benefit:
  • Quality Assurance
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Microbiology
  • Manufacturing
  • Validation
  • Engineering
  • Maintenance

Speaker Profile
Roger Cowan is the founder and owner of R Cowan Consulting Services LLC, a consulting company specializing primarily in the area of pharmaceutical contract manufacturing. He has 37 years experience in pharmaceutical quality assurance and manufacturing. In his career, Roger has held various manager / director positions in Quality Assurance, QC Laboratory, Technical Services Validation, Manufacturing, and Clinical Supply manufacturing and distribution. Roger has taught courses in microbiology at Seneca College (Pharmaceutical Technology Program) in Toronto, Canada.

Roger's areas of expertise include: aseptic pharmaceutical manufacture, GMP facility audits, technical transfer, microbiology, environmental monitoring/contamination control, product sterilization, process development, process validation, clinical supply manufacturing, labeling and distribution, US / International regulatory requirements, regulatory submissions, and quality assurance/control.

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