Decontamination and depyrogenation in aseptic filling operations

Published: 8-Oct-2014

Sterilisation equipment developer Noxilizer and aseptic liquid processing technology provider Weiler Engineering have worked together to put the ‘c’ in cGMP through improvements in decontamination and deypyrogenation process technology

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No one ever got fired for buying IBM; this 1970s adage succinctly captures the conservatism of the biopharmaceutical industry. That is not to say that conservatism and caution are not required when patient safety is at risk – but how much of this is driven by the fear, uncertainty and doubt of incumbent suppliers defending existing technology?

The ‘c’ in cGMP is for ‘current’ and indicates that the GMPs are not static and should move with the times. To quote the FDA: ‘The flexibility in these regulations allows companies to use modern technologies and innovative approaches to achieve higher quality through continual improvement’, and ‘systems and equipment that may have been ‘top-of-the-line’ to prevent contamination, mix-ups, and errors 10 or 20 years ago may be less than adequate by today’s standards’.

Thus, rather than promoting conservatism, the FDA is encouraging innovation – inciting suppliers to raise the bar and put the ‘c’ in cGMP, while of course meeting and exceeding the regulatory requirements and assuring patient safety.

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