Mar 30, 2023

How To Prepare A Contamination Control Strategy Document as Per New GMP Annex 1

Mar 22, 2023

How To Develop and Document a Contamination Control Strategy

Your Contamination Control Strategy (CCS) is the foundation of your cleanroom. This is where you plan how to avoid contamination, what to do in the event there is a breach, and prove that you have done your homework.  For too many years, a CCS has been an afterthought. The cleanroom was developed, protocols put in […]

Mar 8, 2023

Risk Management and GMP Annex 1: Strategies for Minimizing Contamination

The European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Medicinal Products for Human and Veterinary Use – Annex 1, commonly referred to as GMP Annex 1, released a new update in 2022. At the time of publishing, we have not yet seen updates in the United States, but should expect to see similar guidelines published […]

Dec 21, 2022

EN ISO 14698-1 & -2:2003 vs EN 17141:2020

In 2020, a vote found EN ISO 14698 no longer suitable for use in Europe, and, thus, it was replaced by EN 17141. Now, there is a push to accept EN 17141 as the international standard, as it is significantly more up to date and applicable than EN ISO 14698.  EN ISO 14698 was last […]

Dec 14, 2022

Getting From EN ISO 14698 to EN 17141

After 17 years of no revisions, a formal vote in 2019 replaced EN ISO 14698 with EN 17141 in Europe. Shortly after, confusion ensued. While CEN/TC243 (the technical committee in CEN) had found EN ISO 14698 obsolete and replaced it with a new guidance (under a new number, to avoid confusion), old versions still existed […]

Nov 23, 2022

Microbiology & Bio contamination Control in Cleanrooms From EN ISO 14698 to a new EN 17141

Nov 16, 2022

What Is EN 17141?

EN 17141 Cleanrooms and controlled environments – Biocontamination control is a relatively new European standard, introduced in 2020, that establishes and demonstrates best practices to control airborne and surface microbiological contamination in controlled environments, such as cleanrooms. This standard applies specifically to European cleanrooms in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical, hospital, and food industries, as identified […]

Nov 7, 2022

Overview of GMP Annex 1 and its impact on Environmental Monitoring

Oct 26, 2022

GMP Annex 1 2022 Update Breakdown: Part 2

In 2017, GMP released a draft update to Annex 1, which received a lot of feedback. Now, GMP has released a finalized version of the updated Annex 1, which addresses many of the concerns and questions raised about the draft version. The largest changes and shifts in this document are found in the increased focus […]

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Oct 19, 2022

GMP Annex 1 2022 Update Breakdown: Part 1

The European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Medicinal Products for Human and Veterinary Use – Annex 1, commonly referred to as GMP Annex 1, was originally published as a draft in 2017. This draft left many people operating in the pharmaceutical industry wondering at some of the proposed changes to the regulations that […]

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Oct 5, 2022

Basics Of ISO 8573

If you use compressed gasses in your cleanroom, ISO 8573 is an important set of guidelines and regulations for your cleanroom, specifically ISO 8573-1:2010. This set of guidelines is maintained and governed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to creating worldwide standards for a variety of industries. ISO standards […]

Sep 22, 2022

GAMP5’s Impact On Developing Monitoring Systems

Good Automated Manufacturing Practices (GAMP). GAMP is both a technical subcommittee of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and a set of guidelines for manufacturers and users of automated systems in the pharmaceutical industry. ISPE is the world’s largest not-for-profit association serving its members by leading scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the entire […]

Sep 22, 2022

Cleanroom Validation from URS to PQ; ISPE GAMP5 2022 Edition & V Scheme Application for Cleanroom Monitoring Systems

Sep 21, 2022

The Basics Of 21CFR11 And GAMP5 For Data Integrity In A Cleanroom

If you know us, then you know that clean air and water is our passion in life. But what happens when you cannot prove to the regulatory authorities that your air and water is clean? Cleanrooms and monitoring systems generate a lot of data. In an 8 hour shift, as many as 5,000 individual count […]

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Jul 20, 2022

What Is ISO 14644 And Why Does It Matter For Your Cleanroom?

ISO 14644 is a standard for cleanrooms that was developed by the International Standards for Organization (ISO). The ISO has been in existence since 1947, after 65 delegates from 25 different countries met to discuss its future the previous year. They saw the need for a non-governmental body whose sole job it was to determine […]

Jul 13, 2022

Basics On Minimizing Contamination Risk In Your Cleanroom

What is the biggest villain in the contamination control and cleanroom world? Particles. Contamination. This contamination can cause yield and financial loss, delays, frustration, and physical threats to the end user. It is something that should be avoided wherever possible.  To minimize contamination risk in your cleanroom, you first need to understand what contamination control […]

Jun 30, 2022

What is 21CFR11 and why is it so important in maintaining Data Integrity?

Jun 29, 2022

Questions to Ask About The Application of 21 CFR Part 11 In Your Operations

The following questions will help you ask the right questions when implementing a system thatadheres to 21CFR Part 11. It is important to satisfy the requirements of this FDA code in order toenable Data Integrity and Data Traceability as well as the electronic signatures that verify the dataas original, valid, and accurate

Jun 16, 2022

21 CFR part 11 Overview

21 CFR Part 11 outlines the federal requirements that help to ensure that electronic records are trustworthy, reliable, and generally equivalent to paper records and handwritten signatures executed on paper. 21 CFR Part 11 has 10 chapters over 3 subsections. These subsections are General Provisions, Electronic Records, and Electronic Signatures.

Apr 28, 2022

What is GAMP and why is it so important in Cleanroom Manufacturing?