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2021 PDA Visual Inspection Forum

Apr 14 - Apr 15, 2021
Eastern Standard Time | Online
  • Virtual
  • Conference
  • Online
  • The Americas
Program Highlights

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On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee and PDA, we would like to invite you to the 2021 PDA Visual Inspection Forum to take place on 14-15 April 2021. Visual inspection is critical to the manufacture and delivery of high-quality injectable medicines. This forum provides a platform to present and discuss new developments in the field of VI. This year we will again be hosting a virtual meeting due to anticipated limitations on travel and in-person meetings. Last year’s virtual meeting was a success using this new format and offered access to many who would not otherwise have been able to attend. We plan to have a special focus on the use of automated visual inspection technology to meet critical inspection needs, especially when rapid scale-up in capacity is required. Discussion will include both the inspection hardware and software, including recent developments with artificial intelligence (AI) applications, along with the validation strategies necessary to deploy this technology.

As always, manual inspection remains an important tool and the most widely used method for visual inspection. It continues to be the pharmacopeial reference method and practical experience with this method will also be addressed. Key elements of a basic inspection and sampling process along with special considerations for difficult to inspect parenteral (DIP) products such as lyophilized and biopharmaceutical products, and those in special packing types will be covered. The regulatory and compendial requirements that govern the inspection process will also be discussed. New versions of USP <1790> and EU Annex 1 are expected in 2021, along with guidance from the FDA on visible particles. These new requirements encourage further discussion of the correct understanding and implementation of VI within the pharmaceutical manufacturing supply chain and provide another one of this year‘s hot topics.

We anticipate a strong agenda of knowledgeable experts in this field along with an exciting virtual exhibition of the latest commercial inspection technology and services. If you are interested in exhibiting please contact David Hall.

We look forward to seeing you online for the 2021 PDA Visual Inspection Forum!


The Co-Chairs

John G. Shabushnig, PhD, em> Insight Pharma Consulting
Romain Veillon, PharmD, GSK Vaccines



Learning Objectives

At the completion of this meeting, participants will be able to:

  • Describe compendial requirements and regulatory trends to ensure their companies are meeting current and anticipated regulatory expectations
  • Identify advances in inspection technology and the necessary steps to successful implementation
  • Identify critical parameters that affect the inspection process
  • Implement an effective and practical visual inspection process
  • Understand and implement a visual inspection lifecycle

Who Should Attend

Engineering | Manufacturing | Packaging | Process Development | Quality | Technical Services | Validation

Pharmaceutical/Biopharmaceutical Developers
Clinical Supplies | Parenteral Development | Process Development

Inspection Equipment Suppliers
Applications Development | Machine Design | Sales

Registration Fees

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Early Registration
Registration Type Price by 28 February 2021
Member $798
Non-member $937
Govern./Health Authority/Academic Member $350
Govern./Health Authority/Academic Non-member $400
Student Member $140
Student Non-member $155
Young Professional Member $399
Regular Registration
Registration Type Regular Registration
Price after 31 March 2021
Member $1,117 $1,436
Non-member $1,312 $1,687
Govern./Health Authority/Academic Member $490 $630
Govern./Health Authority/Academic Non-member $560 $720
Student Member $196 $252
Student Non-member $217 $279
Young Professional Member $559 $718

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