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2019 Visual Inspection Week

An Introduction to Visual Inspection: A hands-on course

May 22 - May 23, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Welcome to the 2019 Visual Inspection Week! The training course covers the fundamentals of visual inspection methods and their application to injectable products.

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Program Highlights


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.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019

    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

  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    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


Markus Lankers
Markus Lankers
John G. Shabushnig
John G. Shabushnig
Insight Pharma Consulting, LLC

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    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
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    This course is designed specifically for:

    • Injectable Drug Product Manufacturing Professionals and Management
    • Quality Professionals and Management
    • Validation and Manufacturing Engineers
    • Technical Support Staff
    • Product Development Scientists
    • Inspection Equipment Manufacturers
  • Accreditation


    Continuing Education for Pharmacists

    ACPE PDA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants may sign up to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credits. To do so, participants must sign in at the beginning of the program, submit the provided evaluation forms and mail the CPE credit request to the address stated on the form. Attendees must be present at the full event to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education credit, which will be awarded as follows:

    PDA # / ACPE # / CEUs:
    Type of Activity: Not Applicable

    ALERT   ACPE and NABP developed the CPE Monitor that allows pharmacists to electronically track their continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. The CPE Monitor will reject any CPE credit requests submitted past 60 days from date of ACPE-accredited activity. Always submit CPE activity claims as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the ACPE or NABP website.
    Continuing Education for Professional Engineers
    New Jersey

    PDA is an approved provider by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to offer courses to New Jersey Professional Engineers for Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credit. Following the full participation in this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment specifying the number of CPC credits that may be awarded. This certificate can be submitted as verification of completion to the Board for license renewal.

    The credit value of this course is CPC credits.
    North Carolina

    PDA is recognized by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors as an Approved Sponsor of Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) activities for Professional Engineers licensed by North Carolina. To receive a Certificate of Accomplishment specifying the number of Professional Development Hours (PDH) that may be awarded, course participants must request the North Carolina Board of Examiners evaluation form from PDA staff. This form must be completed onsite at the conclusion of the course and returned to PDA staff.

    The credit value of this course is PDH credits.

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Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center

Axel-Springer-Strasse 55
Berlin, Germany

Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Center
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    The Courtyard Berlin City Center is situated in the heart of the action, placing you near landmarks like Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz. You'll find it easy to relax in your modern, well-appointed hotel lodging; all of the spacious rooms showcase free high-speed Wi-Fi access, luxurious bedding, an ergonomic desk, a mini-fridge and more. Fuel up for your morning in the Mitte district with a hot breakfast buffet at Oléo Pazzo, or end your day with a delicious Mediterranean meal.

    We also provide a fully equipped fitness center, a sauna and an on-site coffee house. Host a meeting or social event with us here in Berlin city center to make use of 8,342 square feet of versatile venue space, cutting-edge event technology and innovative planning and catering. Make the Courtyard Berlin City Center your destination of choice for your visit to the Mitte district.

    PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until the 08th April 2019.

    Book Your Room for the PDA Group Rate
    Single Room € 135 per night*
    Double Room € 150 per night*

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

    • Buffet Breakfast in the restaurant
    • usage of Wireless LAN
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How to Get Here

By Air

Nearest Airports:

Berlin-Tegel Airport - TXL
Airport Phone: +49 30 60911150
7.1 mi (11.42 km), 22 min by car
Estimated taxi fare: 28 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 2.7 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 2.7 EUR (one way)
Take the bus X9 and get off at the Zoological Garden. Change to the subway U2 towards Pankow and get off at Spittelmarkt. Cross Seydelstrasse and turn right. The hotel will be on the right.


Berlin-Schoenefeld International Airport - SXF
Airport Phone: +49 30 60911150
11.7 mi (18.9 km), 23 min by car
Estimated taxi fare: 40 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 3.3 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 3.3 EUR (one way)
Take the bus SX1 to Südkreuz. Then change to bus 248 to S+U Bahnhof Alexanderplatz and get off at Lindenstrasse/Oranienstrasse. Turn right into Axel-Springer-Strasse, direction Axel-Springer building. The hotel is located at the very end of the street on the left hand side.

By Car

The Marriott Berlin City Center is located at Axel Springer Strasse 55.

Other Options

Bus station: Spittelmarkt, 0.1 miles.

Subway station: Spittelmarkt, 0.1 miles.

Train station: Hauptbahnhof, 3.1 miles.


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All fees given in Euro and excluding VAT

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