The fascinating world of micro-organisms

By Andy Whittard

A recent trip to Amsterdam threw up an unexpected little gem all about the fascinating world of micro-organisms and microbiology. Now I have to admit that this wasn’t something we went looking for, the normal attractions of canals, Van Gogh, tulips, pancakes, etc. were our main focus.  As were places to eat and how to get about – the public transport in Amsterdam is first rate!

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Storage of Growth Media

By Andrew Ramage

Issues affecting the storage of growth media

Back in December 2017, we published a blog, taken from our guide “The pharmaceutical industry’s guide to prepared culture media” specifically about the factors to consider when storing growth media. One of the most frequent questions I am asked by customers looking for technical help are factors that affect growth media, usually accompanied by a scenario where they are worried the performance of the media is affected by a specific or number of...

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10 reasons why you should not be using formaldehyde

By Andrew Ramage

Formaldehyde was long considered the undisputed fumigation champion for ridding your cleanroom (and all other aseptic spaces) of any and all contaminants. Then, in January 2016, EU legislation reclassified formaldehyde as a class 1B carcinogen and class 2 mutagen, placing the widespread use of this popular chemical under scrutiny.

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EU GMP Annex 1 Revision Joint PHSS and PQG Conference Overview

By Andrew Ramage

Following the release of the draft copy of EU GMP Annex 1 for public consultation, PHSS jointly with PQG (Pharmaceutical Quality Group) organised a conference for its members to question one of the authors of annex 1, and to openly discuss the annex 1 along with the response that PHSS and PQG will be sending to the EMA. Sales Manager, Andrew Barrow and myself were delighted to represent Cherwell Laboratories at our stand. It would be fair to say PHSS initially underestimated the level of...

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British Seaweed - The Hunt for Agar in World War Two 

By Gill Power

An article from the Society for Applied Microbiology's publication, highlights that the lack of bacteriological agar during World War Two was recognised as a national emergency

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Case Study: Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

By Andy Whittard

GOSH Pharmacy Unit prevents spore contamination prior to compounder validation with multi-layer packaging solution from Cherwell Laboratories

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Redipor Prepared Media Distributors Meeting

By Andrew Ramage

We were delighted to host our first ever Redipor prepared media distributors meeting at the Cherwell Laboratories headquarters in Bicester UK on 6th February 2018. In recent years, Cherwell Laboratories has signed with a number of distributors throughout Europe to sell Redipor® prepared media. We felt this was an excellent opportunity to bring them all together to inform them of our future plans and to give them the chance to all speak to each other about their experiences selling Redipor®...

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EU GMP Annex 1 update: The devil’s in the detail – part 2

By Andrew Ramage

Writing a blog to cover the updates made to EU GMP Annex 1 – Manufacture of Sterile Medicinal Products was quite a challenge due to the sheer amount of new content. Previously I covered changes and updates to the control of personnel, premises and water systems. Now for the rest…

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EU GMP Annex 1 update: The devil’s in the detail – part 1

By Andrew Ramage

 

Well, it’s almost here. The much anticipated, updated version of EU GMP Annex 1 – Manufacture of Sterile Medicinal Products was published for consultation in December. Over the last few years, Andrew Hopkins of the MHRA and project leader, promised a great deal more detail in the new version, mainly due to a loss of knowledge in recent years caused by experienced staff in the sector retiring. Hopkins is true to his word. The draft annex 1 is a far more detailed document, and arguably...

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Interesting facts about using Agar plates as your prepared culture media

By Andrew Ramage

 Prepared agar plates are one of the most popular forms of prepared culture media. While agar is chiefly used in the laboratory, this polymer has an interesting history and is very useful outside of the scientific world too. But where does it come from, and why do we favour this substance over any other?

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