PDA EU00188 Characteristics of Pharmaceutical Elastomers and Aluminum Seals in Parenteral Packaging Systems

Alken, Belgium
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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 two-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. 

In addition, you will participate in a plant tour of Datwyler’s FirstLine® manufacturing facility in Alken, Belgium!

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

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€ 2.090


€ 2.090

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Day 1

Tuesday, 19 March 2024

Welcome & Introduction and Collecting Participants' Expectations

Introduction to Container Closure Systems

  • Vials, Pre-filled Syringes, and Cartridges with a focus on elastomeric and aluminum components

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Elastomers

  • Selection criteria and key considerations
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Applications, variations, and functionalities
  • Extractables & Leachables profiles
Coffee Break

Pharmaceutical Elastomer Manufacturing Process

  • Manufacturing technologies
  • Understanding critical manufacturing parameters

Lunch Break

Processing of Elastomeric Components

  • Fundamentals of RFS (Ready-for-sterilization) and RTU (Ready-to-use) components
  • Importance of siliconization and selection criteria
  • Basics of camera inspection
  • Sterilization choices and elastomer packaging selection


  • Manufacturing technologies and processes
  • Applications and functionalities

Plant Tour: Visit Datwyler's FirstLine Elastomer Manufacturing

Coffee Break

Aluminum Seals

  • Manufacturing technologies and processes
  • Key considerations, quality parameters, testing methods

End of Training Course Day 1


Day 2

Wednesday, 20 March 2024

Different Coating Technologies and Their Unique Benefits

Elastomeric Testing

  • Understanding the 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

Coffee Break

Exercise: Defect classification
(All participants will see and be able to recognize some possible defects in Datwyler's products)

Lunch Break

Regulatory requirements applicable to Elastomeric Closures and Aluminum Seals

  • Pharmacopeial requirements
  • PFAS (per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances): current situation, potential solution, and consequences
  • Recent changes/updates in USP <381> and Ph. Eur. 3.2.9
  • FDA requirements & post-approval changes for container closures system/components
  • Recent EU regulations on primary packaging

Case Studies and Best Practices

Q&A and Summary

End of Training Course

Agenda is subject to change.

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Training Facility: Datwyler Pharma Packaging Belgium NV

Industrieterrein Kolmen 1519
Alken, Belgium ,

PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel:

Sint-Jozefsstraat, 2-10, 2-10
3500 Hasselt

Distance to the venue: 7. 1 km (15min by the car)

Please visit the hotel website for more information.

How to Get Here
By Air The closest airport is Brussels Airport, which is around 1 hours drive away from the facility.