Webinar: rFC – Bacterial Endotoxin Testing using Recombinant Assays

Webinar: rFC – Bacterial Endotoxin Testing using Recombinant Assays

Course No 18202

Important: Deadline is 12 noon on 07 July 2020


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Dr Ingo Spreitzer, Section 1/3 Microbiological Safety, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines
Dr Johannes Reich, Endotoxin & Pyrogen Test Service, Microcoat Biotechnologie GmbH
Dr Sven Deutschmann, Chair ECA Pharmaceutical Microbiology Working Group, Adventitious Agents Testing & Alternative Microbiological Methods, Roche Diagnostics GmbH
Thierry Bonnevay, Global Microbiology Analytical Expert, Sanofi Pasteur
Jay Bolden, Senior Biologist at Eli Lilly and Company


In November of 2019 the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission adopted a new General Chapter 2.6.32 entitled: “Test for bacterial endotoxins using recombinant factor C (2.6.32)”. The new Chapter will be published in the coming weeks in Ph. Eur. Supplement 10.3 and available on the EDQM website. The chapter will be effective as of January 1, 2021.

Guidelines for using the test for bacterial endotoxins state in the that the test methods given in monographs and general chapters have been validated in accordance with accepted scientific practice and current recommendations on analytical validation. In consequence, the methods described in general chapters do not have to be re-validated per se, other than in consideration of their use for a specific substance or product in a specific analytical environment.” Thus allowing the recombinant Factor C test to be used as an alternative to the Limulus amoebocyte lysate assay (LAL assay).

Target Group

This Webinar is of interest to professionals from pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturers, authorities and suppliers with responsibilities in
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control
- Inspection and Auditing
or who are involved in Endotoxin or Pyrogen testing.

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The following points will be presented in 5 short contributions and subsequently discussed in an open panel discussion with the possibility to submit questions:
  • Comparison of LAL and rFC test methods
  • Benefits of recombinant test methods
  • Regulatory Status (US and Europe) of recombinant Factor C Test
  • Experiences in pharmaceutical quality control using rFC test
  • Different approaches - experiences of a contract laboratory
Pre-Submission of Questions
The participants in this online panel discussion have the opportunity to send questions in advance and during the event, which will be included in the panel discussion. If more questions are submitted  than can be discussed in the time frame, the Scientific Board or the discussion leader will select the questions.
You can submit questions to the panel at microbiology@gmp-compliance.org  up to the day before the event. Questions can be also entered directly during the webinar.

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