Part of Thermo Fisher Scientific
19 March 2006
Oxoid Vice President Speaks on Microbial QC Testing
Colin Booth, Vice President Science and Technology, Oxoid Ltd, Basingstoke, UK will speak at the Concept Heidelberg, “Microbial QC Testing - Reconcile Compliance with Efficiency” workshop, being held in Barcelona, Spain from 29 – 31 March 2006. The methods for microbiological QC found within Pharmacopoeias are regarded as being validated – but it is up to each company to prove that these official methods function in their environment, for their products. With the validation of microbiological test methods consuming a great deal of time, money and manpower, the challenge is to fulfil regulatory requirements within financial targets set by management.
Colin will present the session on “Validation Requirements”, during which he will advise on how to design a validation strategy, with worked examples of validation for creams, liquids and tablets. He will follow this with a look at sterility test validation and why so many laboratories get it wrong. Validation of difficult formulations will also be discussed and the question “validation and robustness – are they the same thing” will be addressed. This session will close on how to successfully transfer methods to other laboratories.
“Materials Needed for the Validation” is the topic for Colin’s second session. Here he will cover the selection and maintenance of microbial cultures, how to make, store and test culture media, routine validation of the QC laboratory and how to manage stock. In his final session on “Change Control and Training of New Personnel”, Colin will focus on how to make a change control process robust and how to provide a structured training programme for microbiologists.
In an interactive workshop on Endotoxin Testing, Colin will, with delegates, explore examples of faults that have occurred in routine testing, and how to fix them. The major part of this workshop will concentrate on the problems of validating the assay both in Gel Clot and Kinetic Chromogenic assays. Participants will review data from real examples and discuss the options for resolution of the issues.
For further details of the course, please visit: http://www.gmp-compliance.org/daten/training/ECA_Microbial_QC_Test.pdf
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