How to Store Prepared Media Plates

By Andrew Ramage

A major industry survey, started by Pharmig at its 24th Annual Conference in Nottingham, followed by a questionnaire sent to Pharmig members, revealed 91 per cent of respondents source some or all of their prepared media plates from external suppliers. The survey was devised to investigate quality control activities around prepared culture media within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

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Our October Round-Up of Recommended Research Papers for Pharmaceutical Cleanroom Operators

By Andrew Ramage

In this third instalment of our Recommended Research Papers series, I have included a collection of six articles. All of them have piqued my interest as they tackle some extremely pertinent issues in our industry. 

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Key Considerations When Choosing Cleanroom Decontamination Techniques and Products

By Sandra Hulme

Cleanroom technology is an evolving industry. Most facilities have pre-existing guidelines and protocols on decontamination products, techniques and regulatory measures; but these are based on lessons learned through retrospective research or actual cases of accidental contamination.

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Using the Minncare® Dry Fog 2 System in Cleanroom Decontamination and Validation

By Sandra Hulme

Maintaining a validated cleanroom is undoubtedly the best way to ensure the highest standards in your controlled environments. It demonstrates that your facility was designed to meet stringent compliance and that you also regularly test and monitor airborne particulate levels, surface particulate levels, viable microbial particulates, relative humidity, differential pressure, temperature and more.

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Researching Disinfectant Neutralisers

By Andrew Ramage

A history of disinfectant neutralisers

Now and again I get some unusual requests as part of my job. One was a request made by Tim Sizer, Regional QA Officer for NHS QA South West. He approached me towards the end of the APDM event at Leeds and Bradford University in July 2017.  Tim asked me to find out more information about the reason dilution was recommended as the best way to neutralise alcohols. The explanation was slightly more complex than that but it will take me too long to explain!...

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All You Need to Know About Selecting Cold Sterilants for Your Decontamination Process

By Sandra Hulme

As tragic events like the NECC meningitis outbreak have shown, maintaining a sterile cleanroom is a complex process that requires continual evaluation. It must keep up with the challenges of keeping out a complicated external environment, be resilient to evolving microbial threats, meet strict environmental standards and still offer a safe place in which humans can work.

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Pharmaceutical Cleanrooms: A Round-Up of Freshly Pressed Research Papers (February to June 2017)

By Andrew Ramage

Our first edition of Recommended Research Papers for Cleanroom Operators gathered quite an audience. Thanks to each of you who responded to our call for recommendations for this and future editions. 

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NECC Tragedy: Lessons Learned about Cleanroom Environmental Conditions

By Andrew Ramage

As the pharmaceutical community takes on board the sheer scale of disaster wrought by the case of the New England Compounding Centre (NECC), there are critical lessons we can learn that will make decontamination more effective.

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What Training Should your Cleanroom Manufacturing Staff Undergo?

By Andy Whittard

By definition, the cleanroom environment is no place for a laissez-faire attitude. With a number of regulatory protocols applying to pharmaceutical manufacture, the chance of falling short is a very realistic risk – and it takes diligence and scrupulous protocol to maintain regulatory standards.

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The Weakest Link in the Cleanroom Environment? Humans

By Andrew Ramage

It’s an open secret that the greatest risk of cleanroom contamination is posed by the human staff that operate within. Indeed, most of us have an anecdote that illustrates the veracity of this unfortunate state of affairs; but this blog is not about storytelling, it’s about presenting hard facts.

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