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SMi’s 10th Annual Conference
Pharmaceutical Microbiology UK
January 18 - 19, 2021 | London, United Kingdom

Pharmaceutical Microbiology as an industry is projected to see significant advancements in the next five years. This forecast is largely attributed to rapid microbiology testing, which has accounted for $3.5 billion last year, while projected to reach nearly double at $6 billion by 2025, and an estimated CAGR of 8.3% leading up to 2025.

At the very core of pharmaceutical microbiology is the accurate and reliable detection of microorganisms that would otherwise contaminate the pharmaceutical products manufactured. This demand for more rapid methods for detection and identification will be addressed alongside equally important areas such as: contamination control strategies and environmental monitoring, process automation, and discussing effective strategies to meet updated regulatory requirements.

Join us at SMi’s 10th Annual Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference to explore the newest case studies and latest technologies that tackle the most pressing challenges and are pushing innovation in world of pharmaceutical microbiology.
 

With the emergence of the 2020 revision of Annex 1 of the EU GMP and continued high profile of Aseptic Processing in US, PIC/S and WHO regulatory guidelines, this workshop provides an opportunity to consider practical application of best practice to a real fill/finish scenario. We will use the layout of a modern filling system to explore which traditional sampling techniques to select for microbial and particle assessment, identify their location, and develop a sampling plan. The attendees will work in small groups to prepare a summary of the key principles they identify for sharing with their peers.
There will be a strong focus on the recognition of strengths, weaknesses and risks associated with the monitoring methods. These should include sensitivity, response, cost and collateral contamination risks. The final part of the workshop will require attendees to consider the advanced or rapid methods of microbial detection that might be used to advantage to improved response and maybe cost reduction in the future.
 

• See how to apply risk and criticality-based thinking to a real aseptic processing scenario
• Understand how to cooperate with peers to reach a consensus when opinions about risk differ
• Apply appropriate monitoring techniques
• Understand where the monitoring activity presents a contamination risk to the process, and how to mitigate such risks
• Understand where advanced microbial assessment methods present scientific and business advantages
 

• Heads of Aseptic Processing
• Heads of Microbiology
• Global Quality Directors
• Heads of GMP Compliance
• Quality & Compliance Heads
• Microbiology Senior Specialists
• Heads of Site Compliance
• Heads of Sterile Technology
• Global Microbiology Analytical Experts
• Directors of Quality Control Biology

• Previous attendees include:
 

Allergy Therapeutics Ltd; AllergyTherapeutics; Associates of Cape Cod; Associates Of Cape Cod International; AstraZeneca; AstraZeneca PLC; Baxter; Baxter Healthcare Ltd; BioMerieux; bioMerieux UK Limited; BioPhorum; Boehringer Ingelheim; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG; Charles River EMD; Christian Doppler Laboratory for Monitoring of Contaminants, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna; Copan; Copan Group; Copan Italia SpA; CTL - Mat; David P Elder Consultancy; European Patent Office; Fagron; Freeline; Fresenius Kabi; Fresenius Kabi UK Ltd; GSK; GSK Vaccines; GW Pharma ; King's College London ; Kite Pharma ; Lonza; MeiraGTx; Meriagtx; Mettler Toledo; Mettler Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Thornton; MHRA; MIcrobiologics; Microgenetics Ltd; Novo Nordisk; Oxford Biomedica Ltd; Paul Ehrlich Institut; PHSS: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sciences Society; Reading Scientific Services Ltd; Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL); Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.; RSSL; Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH; SDA Pharma; Steris Corporation; Techniconsult Firenze SRL; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna; VCCN/Brookhuis Applied Data Intelligence; Veltek Associates, Inc.;
 

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks and introductions

Gordon Farquharson

Gordon Farquharson, Consulting in Quality & Safety Systems, Critical Systems Ltd
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9:10 Practical delivery of EM – The Aseptic Processing scenario briefing

Gordon Farquharson

Gordon Farquharson, Consulting in Quality & Safety Systems, Critical Systems Ltd
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9:30 Attendees work in groups on the scenario developing a monitoring programme

Gordon Farquharson

Gordon Farquharson, Consulting in Quality & Safety Systems, Critical Systems Ltd
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10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Attendees consider Rapid Micro Methods, Instantaneous Microbial Detection Systems for Air, and more

Gordon Farquharson

Gordon Farquharson, Consulting in Quality & Safety Systems, Critical Systems Ltd
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11:45 Feedback and closing remarks

Gordon Farquharson

Gordon Farquharson, Consulting in Quality & Safety Systems, Critical Systems Ltd
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12:30 Networking Lunch

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Gordon Farquharson

Gordon Farquharson

Consulting in Quality & Safety Systems, Critical Systems Ltd

Gordon Farquharson

Consulting in Quality & Safety Systems, Critical Systems Ltd
Gordon Farquharson

Gordon Farquharson, B.Sc.(Hons), C.Eng. is a Chartered Consulting Engineer with more than 35 years’ experience of quality & safety critical processes and facilities used by industries such as Healthcare, Life Science, and Micro-electronics. He is Principal and Managing Director of Critical Systems Ltd, an international consultancy firm with associates PharmOut (Australia); Prescription Pharma Support (India); FactoryTalk (Thailand); Airex, CM-Plus Corporation and Pharma Solutions (Japan).

He has focused on multiple contamination control technologies including traditional cleanrooms, isolators, barrier technology, minienvironments, critical utility systems and bio-containment applications. He has been responsible for the development of technical solutions in product development, primary manufacturing and device and dosage form manufacturing. He is a founding member, management committee member, past Chairman, and Honorary Member of the UK Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sciences Society (formerly Parenteral Society) and was Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Parenteral & Pharmaceutical Sciences. He lectures and teaches extensively, is an author of many papers, and contributor to books on cleanroom and isolator technology, as well as practical interpretation of GMP philosophies.
 

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
Kensington
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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