Establishment of a Risk-Based Environmental Monitoring Program

Rockville, MD
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This training course will review routine environmental monitoring (EM) program requirements, EM program qualification requirements, use of risk tools for determination of microbial contamination sources in production environments and processes, and EM risk assessment tools and instruction on how to perform them.

Limited information and guidance currently exist on how to conduct EM risk assessments. Current regulatory requirements prescribe that sample site locations and sampling frequencies must be risk-based with documented rationales, but there is little to no guidance on how to perform these types of risk assessments. There is currently large interest in the industry for guidance on this topic.

This training course will present information on the establishment of a risk-based EM program. It will cover both the establishment of new as well as reassessment of current EM programs to bring them into compliance with industry standards. Routine EM program requirements and EM program qualification requirements will also be reviewed. Instruction will be given on the use of risk tools for determination of microbial contamination sources in production environments and processes, and on the use of EM risk assessment tools.

There will be small group breakouts for completion of EM risk assessments: Fishbone Diagrams, FMEAs and HACCPs. The goal of this training course is to understand the tools available for conducting EM risk assessments and how to properly utilize them to create risk-based EM programs.

  1. Discuss global requirements for the establishment risk-based EM programs
  2. Utilize assessment tools are available for EM risk analysis
  3. Perform EM risk assessments utilizing risk tools (Fishbone, FMEA, HACCP)
  4. Establish risk-based EM programs at your company

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GROUP REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Register 3 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the event and receive the 4th registration free. Other discounts cannot be applied.

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CANCELLATION: If a cancellation request is received 30 days before the event, a credit (registration fee paid minus a 200.00 USD/EUR processing fee) will be given. No credits will be given for cancellation requests received less than 30 days before the event. Cancellation requests must be emailed to [email protected].

Day 1

Training courses run from 8:30 to 16:00 each day, unless otherwise noted. An agenda will be provided on the first day of the training course.

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Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Rd
Rockville, MD , USA

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A block of rooms have been reserved for meeting participants at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The rate is $249 for single or double occupancy. Guestroom rates are subject to State and Local taxes. Reservations must be secured by Monday, September 16, 2019. After this date, reservations can be made on a space-and-rate available basis only. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

To make reservations, individuals may click on the reservation link above or call the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at +1 (301) 822-9200. Please make sure to tell the reservationist that you are with the PDA Meeting to receive the PDA group rate.

Individual Cancellation

Please be aware that obtaining and canceling hotel reservations is the responsibility of the meeting registrant. Individuals will be responsible for payment of their own cancellation fees. The cancellation policy is 6:00 p.m. (EDT) on the date of arrival otherwise specified on your reservation information.

Please visit the hotel’s website for more information.

How to Get Here
By Air

The Washington/Bethesda area is serviced by the following airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

By Car

Bethesda North Marriott is located at 5701 Marinelli Road, Rockville, MD 20852.

$15 Self Parking