Sterile Filtration of Pharmaceutical Products - What you need to know to meet Validation and Regulatory Requirements

Duration 60 Mins
Level Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW20H0879

  • Sterile filtration - Importance of Quality
  • Sterility Assurance of Sterile Filtration
  • Sterile Filtration System Design
  • Discussion of Different Filtration Media Properties and Retention Mechanisms 
  • Methods for Sterilization of Filters
  • Validation of Sterile Filter Systems
  • Microbial Retention Challenge Testing
  • Integrity Testing
  • Product Compatibility Testing
  • Extractable/Leachable Testing
  • Regulatory Requirements

Overview of the webinar

Sterile filtration is one of the most critical steps in sterile pharmaceutical manufacture. This is because the filtration process provides the assurance of sterility in the finished drug product.

Therefore, the design, validation and ongoing monitoring of a sterile filtration system are essential for assuring the quality and safety of the pharmaceutical product. 

Proper understanding and testing of the sterile filtration system according to international regulatory standards is important for both the validation and ongoing monitoring of the system.

Who should attend?

  • Quality Assurance
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Microbiology
  • Manufacturing
  • Validation
  • Engineering 
  • Maintenance

Why should you attend?

It is important that the sterile filtration process is fully understood and properly validated for your particular application. The process requirements and validation needs differ based on the filtration requirement. This webinar will give you a comprehensive understanding of this important subject with an emphasis on the different types of sterilizing filtration available and their application to your particular system. For example, the application of sterile filtration to use-point compressed air is discussed in detail.

A review of the different filtration media is provided with the construction characteristics and properties of each detail. A detailed description of a typical pharmaceutical sterile filtration system with its individual components is provided. Engineering schematics are included. Microbiology and particle retention mechanisms are discussed.  

Integrity testing methods are detailed as well as media qualification. Procedures for the sterilization of the filter are presented (SIP, autoclave, etc.).  

The proper validation of sterile filtration is important to ensure that the filter will reproducibly remove undesirable components (bio-burden) while allowing the passage of desirable components (drug product). The operating parameters of time, pressure and temperature are fully discussed as well as the filter's potential effect on the product (compatibility, leachable, fibers, endotoxin, etc.). Microbial retention challenge testing is one of the validation requirements.

Finally, a compilation of all FDA/EU GMP regulatory guidances concerning sterile filtration is presented. Related to this; the responsibilities of the filter manufacturer vs. the filter used are fully discussed.

Faculty - Mr. Roger Cowan

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 35 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 monitoringcontamination 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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