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Rapid Micro Biosystems to stage hands-on workshops – 16-May-2013
Company hosts live demonstrations of the Growth Direct System at new European headquarters in Munich, Germany
Improvement in the quality of laboratory services and 42 reference laboratories created by 2012
Free event in Birmingham is aimed at professionals involved in measuring or monitoring in regulated life science environments
Reduces cleanroom certification and monitoring costs
TEMPO AC automated test will help agri-food laboratories save time and release their product faster
Wickham Laboratories receives positive feedback on its excellent facilities, staff expertise and GMP systems
Free webinars provide further technical information and education for clients
Charles River signs partnership agreement with Bruker – 26-Apr-2013
Charles River to sell the Axcess System, a MALDI Biotyper solution for environmental monitoring applications
Offers up to 50% better detection sensitivity than previous systems
Specialist solutions designed to meet rigorous cleanroom specifications
Offers information on particle size distribution and number in each size range
For the efficient extraction of mycotoxins from food matrices
A review process of the biocontamination control standard ISO14698 has begun. The standard is chiefly concerned with environmental monitoring, but has not been widely adopted because it is not mentioned in any GMP guidance, not does it offer details on how environmental monitoring should be undertaken. The comprehensive review should raise its profile.
Spacecraft are assembled in cleanrooms under the strict controls for bio-contamination as once sent into space the risk of biological contamination of other planets is high. Space agencies have defined standards by which to measure the bioburden and diversity of microbial species in the cleanrooms and on the spacecraft. The European Space Agency (ESA) is funding a collection of microbial strains from spaceflight hardware and associated assembly facilities at the DSMZ. This collection is an important resource for research institutes and industry to investigate adaptive mechanisms of bacteria (for instance, resistance to heat, UV radiation, ionizing radiation, desiccation, disinfectants).
Pharmig celebrates 20 years of microbiology forums– 30-Jan-2013
Celebrating its 20th year of existence Pharmig, the UK organisation for pharmaceutical microbiology professionals, got to grips with future regulatory challenges and technical issues. One of the speakers, Dr Tim Sandle, provides highlights from the event
The ins and outs of microbial monitoring– 4-Jan-2013
Routines for microbial monitoring of ambient air, surfaces and personnel in critical areas need to be as straightforward and fail-safe as possible to yield reliable results. Disposables, such as settle plates, contact plates and swabs, should thus be filled in cleanrooms that meet high microbiological standards. For testing irregular surfaces such as equipment recesses, nooks, crevices, tubing and filling needles, where contact plates are impractical, pre-moistened swabs may be used to validate cleaning and sanitation procedures and to verify that a required hygiene level has been reached.
Making the grade in filters– 3-Dec-2012
The removal of micro-organisms from fluids by passage through filters is a very complex process and is dependent on interactions relating to the chemistry and surface characteristics of the membrane, the micro-organisms, and the suspending fluid. The selection of a membrane filter for a particular product or process is an important choice and one that requires an assessment of the filter, the chemical nature of the product and the physical demands that will be placed on the filter.
Mapping & Monitoring for GMP Environments– 7-May-2013
23 May 2013
Vaisala Elm House, Birmingham, UK