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2019 GlassContainer

Best Practices for Glass Primary Containers

Oct 09 - Oct 10, 2019
Mainz, Germany

This two-day course will offer insights into the science of glass and its inherent properties. It will review container design and dimensioning, cover glass strength and fracture mechanics as well as review the fundamental principles of good glass handling and inspection.

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Program Highlights
This course will include a Site Visit at the SCHOTT facilities on the 09 October 2019!


Glass vials, ampoules, syringes and cartridges are commonly used in packaging of parenteral pharmaceuticals. Good glass handling practices are essential to assuring glass-based container performance as intended in maintaining the safety and efficacy of the drug product.

The two-day course will offer insights into the science of glass and its inherent properties. It will review container design and dimensioning, cover glass strength and fracture mechanics as well as review the fundamental principles of good glass handling and inspection. The course will follow step-by-step the processes for packaging of parenterals in vials, ampoules, cartridges and syringes. Further insights into glass breakage including an overview of fracture analysis using fractography will be presented.


  • Technical aptitude
  • Some familiarity with pharmaceutical fill/finish processes


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Wednesday, 09 October 2019

    Welcome and Introduction Participants' Expectations

    Manufacture and Characteristics of Glass as Primary Packaging Material

    Glass Science

    • Chemical structure
    • Physical properties
    • Different glass types in the pharmaceutical industry

    Coffee Break

    Glass Making

    • Glass Melting
    • Tubing Production
    • Container conversion
    • Molded containers

    Lunch Break

    Glass Strength and Fracture Mechanics

    • Trigger for glass breakage
    • Crack formation and propagation
    • Theory of Fractography

    Site Visit SCHOTT Tubular Glass Manufacturing

    Coffee Break

    Receiving Inspection of Glass Primary Packaging Material

    Requirements from Pharmacopoeias (EP, JP, USP) and Incoming Inspection

    • Overview Pharmacopoeia
    • Testing Parameters
    • Testing Methods, Equipment, Tools
    • Defects and PDA Technical Report #43

    How to Do in Practice

    • Sampling (AQL)
    • Sample size
    • Testing
    • Documentation
    • Supplier certification & test reduction

    End of Day 1
  • Thursday, 10 October 2019

    Recap of Learning Objectives Day 1

    Receiving Inspection of Glass Primary Packaging Material (cont.)

    What to Consider, What are the Common Problems, How to Avoid Them

    • Indications for (later) glass breakage | Practical examples

    Coffee Break

    Coordination Process Packaging Manufacturer and Customer

    • Important parameters | Measured variables | Regulating variables | Control loop |Interaction with manufacturer | Effort reduction

    Machine Use of Glass Primary Packaging Material

    Machine Runability of Glass Primary Packaging Material

    • Roughness of glass primary packaging material | Geometrics, tolerances | Quality of glass | Impact of machine speed

    Lunch Break

    Use of Glass Primary Packaging Material Along the Process Chain Considering different kind of containers, bulk and nested:

    • Washing machine | Depyrogenation tunnel | Filling machines | Stoppering | Rod insertion and labelling for syringes | Conveyor belts | Automated inspection | Packaging line

    Case Study
    What to Consider, What are Common Problems, How to Avoid Them

    • Collision analysis
    • Basics of good glass handling
    • Technologies to avoid glass to glass contact

    Coffee Break

    Coordination Process Primary Packaging Material and Machine

    • Important parameters | Control loop | Synchronization

    Q & A

    Summary & End of Training Course


Felix Brosi
Felix Brosi
Florian Maurer
Florian Maurer
Karl Siemoneit
Karl Siemoneit
Klaus Ullherr
Klaus Ullherr
Robert Bosch Packaging

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    • Understands the nature of glass
    • Knows what glass breakage causes
    • Is aware of regulatory requirements and how to perform QC incoming inspection
    • Knows how to inspect glass containers for breakage-relevant defects
    • Is able to apply the knowledge to avoid glass breakage in the filling line
    • Is able to apply a structured way of evaluating in case of glass breakage
    • Is able to ‘read’ from the splinters and broken glass
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    • Packaging engineers
    • Quality personnel
    • Filling line technicians
    • Supervisors and engineering support
    • Those responding to failure complaints
    • Root cause investigators
  • 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.
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    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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    Just 450 m away from the main train station is the IntercityHotel Mainz. Explore the old town district on foot, visit the many attractions such as the cathedral (approx. 17 minutes) and the Gutenberg Museum (approx. 19 minutes), or take a stroll along the Rhine promenade (around 18 minutes)!

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