Environmental Monitoring - Setting Accurate Alert and Action Limits

This 90-minute webinar will discuss various broad and critical aspects of an effective EM program such as the Phases of a cleanroom EM Program–Pre-Monitoring of a Cleanroom prior to Facility Validation, Facility Validation, Implementation of Routine EM using Facility Validation data and Post-validation. Procedural Steps, Content of a robust EM program such as handling, incubation, setting alert and action limits, Documentation, Management and Trending of Data, EM Excursion investigation and Product Impact and Disposition will be discussed.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

• Describe how Clean room Environmental Monitoring (EM) Program fits into the Regulations
• Explain the basis of the Four (4) Phases of Clean room transitional monitoring (Pre-qualification through post-qualification EM) and what each type stands for
• List the basic content of a well-designed, effective and compliant EM Program
• How to set alert and action limits  and Explain the relationship between an EM Excursion Program and CAPA.

Course Outline:

• Applicable Regulations – Where does the EM Program fit in the Regulation? – Role of Clean room Environmental Monitoring Program?
• Basics of Setting a Robust and Effective EM Program – Key Considerations – Relevant Material Verification Processes – Steps and Content of an EM Program Testing Procedure
• Processing a Completed Environmental Monitoring Test Media – Sample Handling and Incubation – Documentation and Data Management of EM Test Results – What is the EM Test Data used for? – Retention of EM Test Results – Interpretation of EM Test Results
• Basics of Designing an Effective and Compliant EM Trend Reports – Types; Content – Using Trend Report as a Critical Tool and Quality Metrics
• Basics of Designing an Effective and Compliant EM Excursion Program – Types; Content – Handling EM Excursion Investigation – Handling Impacted Manufactured Batches – Disposition of Affected Products with Failed Clean room EM Test Results
• Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA) – Relationship between CAPA and EM Test Data Excursion Investigations Question and Answer Session

What You Get:

• Training Materials
• Live Q&A Session with our Expert
• Participation Certificate
• Access to Signup Community (Optional)
• Reward Points

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar will provide a great resource to product manufacturers with personnel in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Biologics, Drugs, Diagnostics, Cell Therapy, and Medical Device Industries.

• Quality Control,
• Quality Assurance
• Microbiologist, Facilities
• Chemist, Analysts
• Manufacturing
• Validation
• Engineering
• Sterility Assurance
• Compliance
• Testing Technicians
• Environmental Testing Personnel
• Raw Materials Manufacturers
• Clinical, Research and Development
• Laboratories


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Upon earning a degree in Zoology at North Carolina State University, Joy began working in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in 1992 at Pharmacia & UpJohn performing Environmental Monitoring and Sterility Testing.  Her work allowed her to move into a supervisory role at Abbott Laboratories where she oversaw the Quality Control Lab.  In 1998 Joy moved to Wyeth Lederle and worked in Quality Assurance, performing GMP Compliance audits, batch record reviews, and holding annual GMP training for new employees. After working in Quality Assurance for a few years, Joy moved into Equipment Qualification and Cleaning Validation at Mallinckrodt.

With 19 years of experience as a consultant, and over 25 years total experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Joy has gained extensive knowledge of Quality Assurance, Technical Writing, Process and Cleaning Validation, and Equipment Qualification and Computer System Validation and Part 11 Compliance. She has written and executed Equipment Qualifications and Validation Protocols for numerous Companies such as Mallinckrodt, Wyeth Lederle, Merck, BioMerieux, Catalent, and Biotest, Novartis, Imprimis, Cody Laboratories, and Xceilence.

Her knowledge, experience, have made her a highly sought-after engineer, technical writer, and trainer in both the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.  Joy specializes in Equipment Qualification, Cleaning Validation, and GMP Compliance Auditing, and technical writing, and GMP, Audit Preparation, and SOP writing training, Computer System Validation and Part Compliance.

In 2019 she opened her own company, McElroy Training and Consultancy, LLC which provides consultants for various projects as well as on and off - site training to pharmaceutical and biotech companies throughout the United States.
Joy also spends her time mentoring and speaking as an Empowerment Speaker. Her goal is to empower people all over the world to live their dreams though implementing 5 simple techniques she has learned and applied through the years.

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