Isolator Technology Workshop

Isolator Technology Workshop

Basel, Switzerland

Course No 16156


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Christian Doriath, SKAN

Stefan Gärtner, Labor LS

Philippe Jerome, SKAN

Theresa Ladwig, SKAN

Yves Scholler,SKAN

Patrick Vanhecke, GSK Vaccines

Christian Vogt, Novartis


Why should you attend this event?

  • You get an update on isolators for aseptic manufacture and for sterility testing
  • You get to know the results of recent studies on the validation of isolators
  • You have the opportunity to discuss your individual questions personally with experts
  • You can translate the theory directly into practice during 3 workshops at the manufacturing site of SKAN in Allschwil

Each participant will take part in all 3 workshops.
The workshops are held at the plant of Skan AG, partly including operational isolators. This brings the participants as close to daily practice as possible.


The use of isolators is increasing both in sterility testing and in the production of sterile medicinal products, particularly in aseptic manufacture. It ensures a greater microbiological safety of the products, but at the same time requires increased inputs as regards the qualification of these systems and the validation of the production processes.

In 2004, Appendix 1 to the FDA Guidance for Industry “Sterile Drug Products Produced by Aseptic Processing” defined new regulatory requirements on using this technology, as did the PIC/S document PI 014-3 “Isolators used for Aseptic Processing and Sterility Testing“.

Target Group

This GMP Education Course addresses those employees from the pharmaceutical industry and from suppliers of isolators for aseptic (toxic) manufacture and for sterility testing involved in the engineering, validation and operation of these systems, especially from the areas

  • Engineering / Production
  • Quality Assurance
  • Qualification/ Validation
  • Microbiology
The number of participants is limited.
Please understand that, for competitive reasons, not all firms can register their employees for this event.

Workshops at SKAN AG

Each participant will take part in all 3 workshops.

The workshops are held at the plant of SKAN AG, partly including operational isolators. This brings the participants as close to daily practice as possible.


Regulatory Requirements for Isolators for Aseptic Use

  • Regulatory bodies
  • US laws and regulations
  • European laws and regulations
  • Guidelines
Isolator and associated technologies
  • Isolator technology in GSK Bio
  • Applications for bulk
  • Applications for formulation
  • Applications for filling processes
  • Sterility testing
Isolator Application / Projects: From the Conceptual Design to the Validated Equipment (Supplier)
  • Key decisions
  • What do we need from our customers?
  • From URS to engineering – technical details and solutions
  • Process challenges and features
  • FAT – Installation – Qualification
Isolator Application / Projects: Mock-up study
  • Purpose of mock-up
  • What is required before starting a mock-up
  • How to document a mock-up
  • What simulations need to be included in the mock-up
  • Execution of the mock-up itself
  • Examples for our mock-up to underline the points above
Isolators used for Sterility Testing
  • Requirements for the isolator: Background of the isolator, Performance Qualification, Qualification of operators, Test for gas-tightness of primary packaging materials
  • Handling in isolator: Capacity, Testing the tightness of gloves
  • Microbiological Monitoring: Sample plan, Contamination level, Contamination source, OOS/CAPA (example)
  • Process Development of Isolator Decontamination
  • Overview of current regulations and standards
  • Basis and selection of suitable biological indicators as sensor for the inactivation effect
  • Development and quantification of decontamination cycles
  • Influence of H2O2 to routine processes
Troubleshooting in isolator technology while understanding
  • The place of the isolator in a pharmaceutical process
  • The influence of critical parameters on the decontamination process
  • The reliability and reproducibility of biological indicators
  • The expectations of regulators
Microbiology in Filling and Sterility Isolators
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Media Fills
  • Sterility tests
  • Integrity of gloves and sleeves
  • Validation studies
  • OOS results in isolators

Workshop Session

Workshop 1:
Validation Planning for an Aseptic Isolator

  • Test master plan (IQ/OQ)
  • IQ / OQ test protocols
  • Operational qualification - procedures
  • Handling of deviations
Performance of Selected Qualification Tests
  • Basic SOP for testing
  • Execution of tests
  • Generate test records
  • Drawing up the test report
  • Glove testing
Glove integrity testing
  • Regulatory Background
  • Physical methods for glove integrity tests and their boundaries
  • Microbiological contamination risk
  • Routine program for glove integrity testing
Workshop 2:
Development and Quantification of H2O2
  • Decontamination Cycles
  • Establish the requirements of a decontamination cycle
  • Design a qualification strategy
  • Work out the necessary physical and microbiological tests and their chronology
  • Interpretation of test results and reaction on deviations
  • Write a transparent qualification report
  • Workshop including a real isolator system
Workshop 3:
Isolators in Routine
  • Handling in isolators
  • Personnel at isolators
  • RTP system
  • Environmental monitoring in isolators
  • Frequency of decontaminations
  • Problems in isolators from the point of view of a user
You will take part in all workshops!
The workshops will take place at SKAN AG in Allschwil. After the workshops at appr. 16.15 h, a bus shuttle service will bring the participants to the airport (appr. 16.35 h), the German train station (appr. 16.50 h), the Swiss train station (appr. 17.15 h) or the hotel.

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