Visual inspection continues to be an important element of the manufacturing process and the quality assurance of injectable products. Product inspection provides necessary information for lot release, and, coupled with defect identification, contributes to a strategy of continuous process improvement. Inspection may be accomplished manually or using a variety of automated inspection technologies. A wide range of skills and knowledge is needed to implement a robust inspection program.
PDA’s Visual Inspection Forum was created to provide timely information on this critical processing step.
Past meeting topics have included selection and qualification of human inspectors, validation of automated inspection systems, and container integrity and inspection methods. General particle identification and characterization as well as recommendations for difficult to inspect containers and formulations including biopharmaceuticals with inherent protein particles have been addressed. Finally, regulatory requirements and recent regulatory activity (inspection observations, warning letters, and recalls) and country specific inspection requirements are always topics of interest.
The 2019 PDA Visual Inspection Forum will discuss new developments in the field of visual inspection, including contributions to a basic understanding of the sampling and inspection process, practical aspects of manual and automated methods, and the regulatory and compendial requirements that govern them. A special focus this year will be the inspection life-cycle and the use of inspection results and quality risk management (QRM) concepts to drive continuous process improvement.
The meeting will feature an exhibition where attendees can see the latest in commercial inspection hardware and discuss production needs with key suppliers of inspection systems and services.