Course Description:

This one and a half day course will provide valuable assistance to companies that need to design and implement cleaning disinfection programs in regulated environments.

Contamination occurs in every Cleanroom. Incidents can result in increased Cost of Goods (COGS), plant shutdowns and product withdrawn from the market. The goal is to design and implement an effective cleaning and disinfection program to control your Cleanroom environment in order to minimize risk and successfully troubleshoot excursions once they do occur.

The instructors address the latest industry trends, benchmarked against top Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device companies, for establishing, maintaining and working in Cleanrooms that will dramatically reduce microbial excursions and facilitate having successful and accurate root cause investigation outcomes. If your job brings you in contact with any aspect of Cleanroom design, maintenance, environmental monitoring, sampling, testing, sanitization, validation, responses to microbial excursions, root cause investigations, or regulatory interactions, you cannot afford to miss this essential training.

Course Objectives:

  • Design and implement and effective cleaning and disinfectant program to control the Cleanroom environment to minimize downtime and get the best product yield.
  • Provide guidance on industry trends, regulatory feedback, and designs for a successful disinfection validation program which meet FDA and EMA scrutiny. Current 483's, Warning Letters, and Field Experiences will be conveyed that allow end users to determine that best methods to validate their products against their isolates.
  • Microbial control in Oral Solid Dose manufacturing.
  • Learn how to develop a successful contamination control program with an emphasis on personnel practices, environmental controls, minimizing risks and avoiding common mistakes.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot excursions in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Operations.
  • Learn how to start-up a new Cleanroon and re-establish control of a Cleanroom after a shut-downs or worse case events.

Who will Benefit:

This course benefits anyone who works in a regulated environment and needs to establish and validate their cleaning and disinfection programs, including companies in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device fields. The employees who will benefit include:

  • QA and QC Managers
  • Disinfectant Validation Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Cleanroom Managers
  • Personnel and contractors that clean and disinfect cleanrooms
  • Regulatory Compliance Managers & Environmental Monitoring Managers
  • Lean Managers



Training Session I: Gaining and Re-Establishing the Control of the Cleanroom

  1. Systems for bringing up a new cleanroom
    1. Addressing bioburden and soiling
    2. Checking HEPA filters, temperature, pressure, etc.
    3. Environmental Monitoring and Data Trending
  2. Addressing the cleanroom after shutdown or worst case event
    1. Addressing Bioburden and spoiling
    2. Checking HEPA filters, and other systems
    3. Environmental Monitoring
    4. Getting the Cleanroom up and running
  3. Excursion Events
    1. Triple cleaning and Addressing Bioburden
    2. Environmental Monitoring and Data Trending
    3. CAPA for future excursion events

Training Session II: Microbial Control in Oral Solid Dose Manufacturing
  1. Equipment and equipment parameters
    1. Rouge and pitting
    2. Microbes and contamination issues
  2. Longer term solutions to equipment contamination
    1. Being proactive
    2. Selecting the best solutions
  3. Room Decontamination and Control
    1. Case Studies
    2. The best products and solutions for control

Training Session III: Designing and Implementing and Effective Cleaning and Disinfection Program
  1. Global regulations on germicides
    1. EPA
    2. Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
  2. Disinfection Technologies Globally
  3. Safety Using Disinfectants
    1. Toxicity Discussion
    2. Use Dilution vs. Concentrated products
  4. Application Methods
    1. Application equipment
    2. Alternative methods of application
    3. Best practices in application

Training Session IV: Contamination Control 101

  1. Microbial control objectives
  2. Environmental Controls
  3. Personnel Practices
  4. Cleaning and Disinfection
  5. Deleterious Exposure Effects
  6. Minimizing Problems
  7. Troubleshooting Excursions

Training Session V: Advanced Troubleshooting Excursions in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Operations
  1. Causes and Sources of Environmental Excursions
  2. Contamination Control Strategies
  3. Facilities design flaws
  4. Traffic control and personnel practices
  5. Cleaning and disinfection program improvements
  6. Best practices on bringing items into cleanrooms
  7. Common issues that can be changes to avoid excursions
  8. Basics on environmental monitoring
  9. Interactive Group Exercises

Training Session VI: Solutions for Addressing Fungal and Bacterial Spore Contamination in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Operations
  1. How to Ensure Your Cleaning and Disinfection Program is Robust
    1. Learn disinfectant regulations
      1. Manufacturer’s regulations
      2. Pharmaceutical and Biotech regulations
    2. Review “real world” examples of cleaning and disinfection programs
    3. Increase awareness of elements that make cleaning and disinfection successful
  2. Troubleshooting Problems Related to Cleaning and Disinfection
    1. Problems associated with contact time
    2. Problems associated with dilution rates
    3. Problems associated with application
    4. Problems associated with corrosion or the porosity of substrates
  3. Safety Related to Application and Application Techniques of Disinfectants
    1. Safety of the concentrated disinfectant vs. the use dilution
    2. Application of disinfectant products in cleanrooms and controlled areas
    3. Frequency of application will be addressed

Proposed Agenda with Timing:

Day 1


Day 2

08:30-08:45AM Introduction
08:45-10:15AM Designing and Implementing and Effective Cleaning and Disinfection Program (JP)
10:15-10:45AM Business Break
10:45-12 Noon Advanced Troubleshooting Excursions in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Operations (BK)
12 Noon-1:00PM Lunch
01:00-02:30PM Solutions for Addressing Fungal and Bacterial Spore Contamination in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Operations (JP)
02:30-02:45PM Q&A
02:45-03:15PM Business Break
03:15-04:30PM Microbial Control in Oral Solid Dose Manufacturing (BK)
08:30-9:00AM Introduction and Q&A
09:00-10:15AM Contamination Control 101 (BK)
10:15-10:30AM Business Break
10:30-11:30AM Gaining and Re-Establishing the Control of the Cleanroom (JP)

Meet Your Instructors

Jim Polarine
Technical service manager, STERIS Corporation

Mr. Polarine is a technical service manager at STERIS Corporation. He has been with STERIS Corporation for over eleven years, where his current technical focus is microbial control in cleanrooms and other critical environments. He has lectured in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Puerto Rico on issues related to cleaning and disinfection in cleanrooms. Mr. Polarine is a frequent industry speaker and has worked on several books and article publications related to cleaning and disinfection and contamination control. He is currently co-authoring several articles and is a co-author on the PDA technical report on cleaning and disinfection. He is also currently active on the PDA task force on cleaning and disinfection. He is part of the faculty at the University of Tennessee Parenteral Medication course. He has presented at key industry events for PDA, ISPE, AALAS, IVT, University of Tennessee, SWE, and Barnett International on cleaning and disinfection and contamination control. Mr. Polarine also frequently presents global industry webinars on Cleaning and Disinfection for several industry seminar circuits including Compliance Online and Executive Conferences. Mr. Polarine graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Arts in Biology, and is a member of the PDA, ISPE, IEST, ASM, AALAS, ASTM, AAAS, AOAC, and ACS. He previously worked as a clinical research coordinator with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and as a biology and microbiology instructor at the University of Illinois. His main hobby is storm chasing and is very active in tornado research and tornado safety.

Beth Kroeger
Technical Services Specialist, STERIS Corporation

Beth Kroeger, is a Technical Services Specialist for the Life Sciences Division of STERIS Corporation. She currently provides global technical support related to process research cleaners and critical environments. Beth has over 20 years industry experience in solid-dose pharmaceutical operations and biopharmaceutical manufacturing operations including large scale fermentation systems, both perfusion and fed batch, downstream operations including large scale purification processing, viral removal, UF and final fill. Beth has held positions as an operations manager and as the manufacturing lead on a cross-functional team responsible for the scale-up and technical transfer of 4 biopharmaceuticals. She earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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