The A to Z's of Microbial Control, Monitoring and Validation of Water Systems (com) A

Thu Mar 8
San Francisco
08:30 AM
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All facilities manufacturing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, cosmetics, and personal care products are likely to have high purity water systems. In spite of this purity, microorganisms can flourish within these systems and lead to undesirable contamination of facility processes and their products. Of all the individuals at the facility, it is site’s microbiologists who should understand the microorganisms in water systems and how best to monitor and control them. Sadly, this is often not the case due to the lack of familiarity with biofilm and its impact on water system sampling, testing, sanitization, and routine maintenance. This lack of understanding of microbial control often leads to poor system designs, poor system sampling, poor system maintenance and poor sanitization practices, and as a result, ongoing microbial problems with the water.
This course is designed to provide a microbiology-focused education about all aspects of water systems and how biofilm manages to thrive there. Prior microbiological education or training, though a plus, is not a requirement, since this training is for everyone involved with water systems, from the lab to utility room operations. The instructor will provide the necessary background needed to understand this very important subject matter. This understanding is essential for the proper design, validation, operation, monitoring, and maintenance of a high purity water system. Without this understanding, water system control and monitoring consists of a set of rules that often don’t work or result in erroneous monitoring data and can cause everything from very costly and unnecessary system downtime to patient injury and product recalls.

Seminar Fee Includes:
AM-PM Tea/Coffee
Seminar Material
USB with seminar presentation
Hard copy of presentation
Attendance Certificate
$100 Gift Cert for next seminar

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

Understand the role of system design, maintenance and sanitization in controlling microbial levels in pharmaceutical water systems.
Successfully troubleshoot problems resulting from poor design/maintenance versus sampling or testing problems.
Devise water system validation protocols that truly validate microbial control.
Validate their water microbial test method.
Develop sound Alert and Action Levels and Water Specifications.
Defend their test method, in-process control levels and specifications to FDA.

Who Will Benefit:
This 2-day course is particularly relevant to managers, supervisors, and operatives taking on new responsibilities related to water, but also for experienced water personnel to learn the “true” whys behind what they do and perhaps better ways of doing things. Specific positions that will benefit:

Microbiology Laboratory supervisors and analysts responsible for water sampling and testing
Quality Assurance personnel responsible for water system deviation management and change control
Regulatory and Compliance professionals responsible for FDA interactions
Process and Utility Engineers responsible for water system maintenance, troubleshooting, and excursion mitigation
Facility Engineers responsible for water system design or renovation
Validation personnel for water system qualification


DAY 01(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Registration Process: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Session Start Time: 9:00 AM
Basics of Water System Biofilm Control by Design & Operation

Understand biofilm basics and how it develops
Understand the impact of biofilm on the commonly used purification unit operations
Understand how various commonly used microbial control strategies work (or don’t work) to control biofilm development
Understand the how, where, and why of microbial monitoring, action levels, etc.
Debunk a few water system myths
Get answers to your own water system questions

Successful Water System Sanitization

Material and construction limitations
Continuous vs intermittent sanitization
The importance of biofilm removal
How sanitants work (or don’t work)
When to sanitize
Common causes for sanitization failures and troubleshooting sanitization problems

Common Sense Water System Validation

Why validate a water system?
Basic ground rules for water systems before you validate them
Minimum validation expectations
Making changes to a validated water system
Special considerations for lab water systems
Are packaged waters a viable option?

Understanding and Controlling Endotoxin

Where does endotoxin come from?
What are the properties of endotoxin ?
How do you get rid of it?
How do you detect it?
What assay controls are used?
What are the endotoxin specs for water?
How do you control it?

Harmonizing vs Optimizing Water Microbial Testing for System Quality Control

Water harmonization that has occurred
Water Micro TM “Dis-Harmonization”
A little about Biofilm
Biofilm diversity in water systems
Micro TM options and evaluation protocol
The good and bad of Micro harmonization
Where RMMs can fit in

DAY 02(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Microbial Enumeration Issues with High Purity Water Systems

Biofilm enumeration issues (planktonic vs surface)
Traditional cultivative approach issues
Validation of your test method
Alternative TM choices (advantages/disadvantages)
Significance of water isolates
Sampling issues
Establishing Alert/Action Levels and Water Specs and defending them to FDA

Reducing Water Microbial Excursions & Improving Investigations

What are excursions?
Water system dilemma: process control or quality control (utility or raw material), or both
Intended roles of Alert/Action Levels and Specifications
Investigation, necessary and often fruitless
Excursion responses and impact
Criticality of valves, hoses, & outlet flushing
Diagnosing the source of the problem

Water System Investigation "How-To's" and Example Case Studies

Gathering and assessing existing data and symptoms
Considering user opinions
Investigation approach elements
Recognizing red herrings/false positives
Recognizing possible root causes
Water system contamination case studies

Leadership in Mfg Contamination Control: The Microbiology Lab

How contamination is controlled
Why the microbiology lab should lead in contamination control
Routine contamination evaluation activities
Microbiological training
Root cause and impact investigations
Impediments to leadership
Doing the right thing

USP Chapter : What USP Says about PW, WFI, Pure Steam & Micro Issues

PW, WFI, Pure Steam micro specifications?
Starting water issues
Misunderstood issues clarified
Microbiological test issues clarified
Suggested micro test method
Micro Specifications
Alert and Action Levels and max’s
Recent/Upcoming USP water changes
Discrepancies between pharmacopeias
New water initiatives – need your input/feedback

Guarding Against Common Pharmaceutical Water System Inspection Pitfalls

Initial Deficiencies Usually Lead to Others
Design and Construction Issues
Source Water Issues
Sampling Issues
Validation Issues
Change Control Issues
Procedure Issues
Specification Issues
Excursion Investigation Issues
Training Issues

T.C. SoliPresident of Soli Pharma Solutions, Inc

T.C. Soli, Ph.D., is President of Soli Pharma Solutions, Inc, with training, auditing, and troubleshooting expertise covering water systems, sterilization, aseptic processing, contamination control, and microbiological laboratories. He has over 34 years of combined pharmaceutical experience as a consultant and with operating companies (DSM Pharmaceuticals, Glaxo Wellcome, Burroughs Wellcome, and Pfizer). Dr. Soli's career-long water system and manufacturing contamination troubleshooting expertise, coupled with water-related USP, ISPE, PhRMA, and PDA committee and guide creation involvements, afford him practical knowledge about process and contamination control and mitigation; cleaning, sterilization, process, and microbiological testing validation; and all aspects of high purity water systems.
Dr. Soli is in his third 5 year term on USP Expert Committees responsible for Pharmaceutical Water, previously served 5 years on the Advisory Panel to the USP Microbiology Subcommittee, and helped develop the Water Conductivity and TOC specifications used by USP and adopted world-wide. He has authored many articles and chapters in books and industry guides published by PDA and ISPE and is the author of USP’s Chapter .

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