An Introduction to Visual Inspection: A hands-on course

Berlin, Germany
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Note   COVID-19 situation up-date 30th March 2020:

PDA is closely monitoring the Corona virus situation. Travel restrictions have been widely implemented in European countries and globally in the last couple of days which will prevent our members, volunteers, presenters, attendees and exhibitors from attending the Visual Inspection Forum and the associated training courses, planned for 21-24 April 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

We consider the safety and health of attendees and staff as subject of utmost importance. Taking all factors into consideration, PDA Europe has decided to postpone the Training Course An Introduction to Visual Inspection: A hands-on course to 21-22 October 2020. The course will take place at the Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin. For detailed information, please visit the updated event site.

Your registration will be transferred to the new date and we hope to retain your full participation. Please know you will have the ability to request a credit or full refund if you find you are not able to attend the event at its revised date.

We recognize the challenge this may cause, and we do apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have any immediate questions or requests, please contact [email protected]. Additionally, you may visit the PDA official statement on our website.

This training course covers the fundamentals of visual inspection methods and their application to injectable products. The detection and identification of visible particles is a key part of the course content, though container and closure defects are discussed as well. Students combine classroom review of current regulatory requirements and inspection methods with hands-on laboratory exercises to develop and practice practical inspection skills. The skills developed through this combination of classroom and laboratory exercises may be applied to manual human inspection, semi-automated and automated machine;inspection methods. This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss your specific inspection questions and; challenges with expert instructors.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be familiar with:
  • Understand current global regulatory and compendial requirements for visual inspection
  • Understand patient risk associated with visible particles in injections
  • Implement a technically sound and compliant inspection process
  • Assess inspection performance

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If you need to apply for a visa to enter the event country, PDA Europe must be informed of this fact at least 4 weeks before the start of the event.

Day 1

Wednesday, 23 April 2020

Welcome and Introduction

  • Why We Inspect
  • Patient Safety
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Compendial Requirements

Coffee Break

Inspection Methods and Technologies

  • Critical Parameters (lighting, time, contrast and motion)
  • Manual Visual Inspection (MVI)
  • Semi-Automated Visual Inspection (SAVI)
  • Automated Visual Inspection (AVI)

Lunch Break

Particle Identification

Laboratory Exercise: Manual Visual Inspection

  • Light Measurement
  • Assessment effect of changing critical Variables
    • Time (10 sec vs. 20 sec)
    • Lighting (2,500 lux vs. 1,250 lux)
    • Motion/Agitation (with vs. without)

Coffee Break

Continue Laboratory Exercise

Wrap-up Discussion / Q&A


End of Day 1

Day 2

Thursday, 24 April 2020

Inspection Data Review

  • From previous day’s laboratory exercise

Defect Classification Strategies

  • Risk classification definitions
  • Critical, Major and Minor defects

Coffee Break

Acceptance Sampling

  • Sampling Plan Variables
    • Sample SizeTime
    • AQL and UQL
  • Common Standards
    • ANSI/ASQ Z1.4
    • ISO 2859

Inspector Selection and Qualification

  • Vision Screening
  • Initial Training
  • Initial Qualification
  • Requalification

Lunch Break

Inspection Strategies

  • Reinspection
  • 2-Stage Inspection
  • Focused inspection
  • Empty Vial Inspection

Inspection Validation

  • Inspection performance Assessment
    • Knapp Method
  • Acceptance Criteria

Coffee Break


  • Common misperceptions in visual inspection

Wrap-up Discussion / Q&A

End of Course
Agenda is subject to change.

PLEASE READ  PDA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than PDA or the PDA chosen hotel contacts you suggesting that they represent any PDA event, they do not. It is PDA's recommendation that you book your hotel directly through the official PDA chosen hotel that is listed on our web site.

Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt

Ella-Trebe-Straße 5
Berlin, Germany , Germany

+49 30 740743-0

Hotel Website

Just 800 m from the Brandenburg Gate, Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt is located directly beside the German Parliament buildings in Berlin. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Each of the air-conditioned rooms here at Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt will provide you with a minibar, tea/coffee facilities and a flat-screen TV. Private bathrooms come with bathrobes and slippers. Rooms are decorated in a modern style.

At Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt you will find a 24-hour front desk, a bar and an a restaurant. Other facilities offered include a ticket service and luggage storage. The hotel is 3 km from Alexanderplatz, 4 km from Kurfürstendamm and a 25-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz.

You can book your Hotel Accomodation here!

PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until the 25th February 2020
Single Superior Room 159.00€ per night*
Double Superior Room 179.00€ per night*

*Rates are per room and night, including the following services and benefits:

  • Buffet Breakfast in the restaurant
  • Wireless Internet Connection (WI-FI)
  • VAT, Taxes and Service Charge will apply
How to Get Here
By Air

Nearest Airports:

Berlin-Tegel Airport - TXL
Airport Phone: +49 30 60911150
5.6 mi (7,9 km), 18 min by car
Limousine service: € 65 (one way)
Estimated taxi rate: € 30 (one way)


Berlin-Schoenefeld International Airport - SXF
Airport Phone: +49 30 60911150
12.7 mi (20.4 km), 25 min by car
Alternate transportation: Limousinen Service; fee: 130 EUR (one way); reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: 45 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 3.6 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 3.6 EUR (one way)
Take the train S45 to S-Bahnhof Suedkreuz. Then change to the S-train S2 and get off at Potsdamer Platz to take zhe S-train 9 and get off at Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

By Car The Hotel is located outside of Berlin main train station