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PDA EU00187 Characteristics of Pharmaceutical Elastomers in Parenteral Packaging Systems

Oct 19, 2023
Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Education
  • Europe


Pharmaceutical elastomers are commonly applied in the form of stoppers, plungers, and O-rings for parenteral drug-delivery applications. Here, good sealing is an apparent property for effective drug containment; however, there are several other critical attributes that govern the selection of an appropriate elastomeric component for safe and efficacious drug-delivery.

In this one-day training course, you will gain insight into the fundamentals of pharmaceutical elastomers with practical considerations. Industry experts will describe component selection strategies, review manufacturing technologies, component processing and sterilization techniques. There will be a focus to understand the origin of defects and analytical tools applied for their characterization.


  • Thursday, 19 October 2023

    09:00 Welcome and Collection of Participant's Expectations

    09:15 Introduction to Container Closure Systems

    • Vials, PFS, Cartridges with a focus on elastomeric and aluminum components

    09:30 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Elastomers

    • Selection criteria and key considerations
    • Physical and chemical properties
    • Applications, variations, and functionalities
    • E/L profiles

    10:30 Coffee Break

    11:00 Pharmaceutical Elastomer Manufacturing Process

    • Manufacturing technologies
    • Understanding critical manufacturing parameters

    11:45 Processing of Elastomeric Components

    • Fundamentals of RFS and RTU components
    • Importance of siliconization and selection criteria
    • Basics of camera inspection
    • Sterilization choices and elastomer packaging selection

    12:45 Lunch Break

    13:45 Elastomeric Testing

    • Understanding origin of defects
    • Defect classification (discussion of PDA TR76 report)
    • Commonly applied analytical methods
    • Test methods discussion – for eg. CCI, silicone, moisture retention, chemical identification

    14:45 Coffee Break

    15:15 Regulatory Requirements Applicable to Elastomeric Closures

    • Pharmacopoeia requirements for elastomers and aluminum seals 
    • Recent changes / updates in USP <381> and PH. Eur. 3.2.9.
    • FDA requirements & post approval changes for container closure system / components 
    • Recent EU regulations on primary packaging 

    16:30 Q&A and Summary

    17:00 End of Training Course Day


Elke Geuzens
Elke Geuzens
Peter Loyen
Peter Loyen
Tabassam Sharif
Tabassam Sharif

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    • 1. Select an appropriate packaging container for drug delivery with a focus on elastomers and lined aluminum seals
    • 2. Explain the science and manufacturing principles behind elastomers for pharmaceutical packaging
    • 3. Evaluate the critical processing parameters that determines if RFS or RTU
    • 4. Discuss the evolution in the regulations that govern elastomeric closures
    • 5. Describe best practices in primary packaging selection
  • Who Should Attend

    This training course is intended for professionals who are responsible for primary packaging components for pharmaceutical containers.


    Quality Control, Quality Systems, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance Operations, Research and Development, Regulatory Affairs, Technical Operations, Packaging, Formulation Scientist


    Analyst, Specialist, Supervisor, Manager, Director, Engineer, Scientist


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Mässans Gata 24
Gothenburg, Sweden

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  • Accommodations

    PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel

    Gothia Towers Hotel
    Mässans Gata 24
    41294 Gothenburg,

    PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until the 15th August 2023.

    Book your room at the PDA Group Rate via the above-mentioned reservation button.

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  • Amenities

    Just a 20-minute walk from the hotel you will find The Garden Society of Gothenburg - one of Europe's best-preserved 19th-century parks. At the other end of town you will find the Botanical Garden, a world-class botanical garden with over 16,000 species to admire.

How to Get Here

By Air

Airport buses travel to and from Landvetter Airport (appox. 20 min. journey) stopping at Korsvägen/Svenska Mässan. They run directly between these stops.

By Car

E6 / E20 (from north) and road 45 (from Karlstad): On arrival at Gothenburg, turn off at the sign “Mässan Scandinavium Liseberg”. Take the first exit on the left, turn right onto Örgrytevägen and then take the next exit right towards Svenska Mässan. E6 / E20 (from south) and road 40 (from Borås): On arrival at Gothenburg, turn off at the sign “Mässan Scandinavium Liseberg”. Then take the second exit right towards the hotel.

Other Options

From the main railway station take the number 2 tram (towards Krokslätt) or the 4 (towards Mölndal). From Brunnsparken Square you can also take the number 5 tram (towards Torp). The trams stop at Korsvägen / Svenska Mässan. Tram timetables can be found on the Västtrafik website.


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