FREE WEBINAR: Investigating sterility test failures

Published: 13-May-2020

The webinar will be hosted on Thursday 4 June 2pm – 3pm (BST)

Sterile pharmaceutical preparations - injections, infusions and pharmaceutical forms for application on eyes and on mucous membranes - are expected to be efficacious and safe.

The safety includes being sterile and free from microbial toxins and visible particles. However, achieving sterility is not straightforward, requiring a series of manufacturing controls and sterilisation steps.

Assurance of sterility is obtained through an assessment of environmental controls, staff training, sterile components, environmental monitoring, and the end product sterility test. This means sterile products manufacturing itself is a continuum that stretches from development to manufacturing, to finished product, to marketing and distribution, and to utilisation of drugs and biologics.

The webinars are designed to cover the critical steps, focusing on the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the essential elements needed to develop a robust sterility assurance system and contamination control strategy.


Thursday 4 June 2pm–3pm (BST)


  • Understand the immediate actions to be taken in the event of a sterility test failure
  • Review the focal points for the laboratory failure investigations, from reviewing training to isolator controls
  • Find out how to construct a road map for process failure investigations, from filter controls to personnel interventions
  • Learn how to reach an outcome and to set effective follow-up corrective and preventative actions

To register for this webinar click here.



Dr. Tim Sandle has over twenty-five years’ experience of microbiological research and biopharmaceutical processing. He is a member of several editorials boards and he has written over six-hundred book chapters, peer reviewed papers and technical articles relating to microbiology. Dr. Sandle works for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the UK, and is a visiting tutor at both the University of Manchester and UCL.

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