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PDA EU00007 Extractables and Leachables

May 31 - Jun 01, 2022
Basel, Switzerland

Including: Important Regulatory Updates – Case Study Section: Selection of Nelson Labs’ most interesting Case Studies, presented over the last 10 years!

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Program Highlights

This training course will look at "Extractables & Leachables" from many different angles: Definitions, Regulatory, Material & Polymer Science, Analytical E/L Methodologies, Safety Assessments, Study Design for different parenteral primary packaging systems, as well as for injection devices.


When making Parenteral Drug Products, pharmaceutical companies are faced with the need to further investigate the materials that will be in contact with the drug product, either during manufacturing, intermediate storage, storage in its final packaging, or during the delivery of the drug to the patient. While historically, the potential safety issues were the main driver in these kinds of investigations, recently,  also quality issues – i.e. for biophar-maceuticals – have become an additional concern.

This training course will look at "Extractables & Leachables" from many different angles: Definitions, Regulatory, Material & Polymer Science, Analytical E/L Methodologies, Safety Assessments, Study Design for different parenteral  primary packaging systems, as well as for injection devices.

In addition, during the training course, a full session will be dedicated to an in-depth update on regulations, standards and recommendations in this field (PQRI, USP, ISO 10993, BPOG...).


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2022

    9:00 – 18:00

    Introduction on Extractables & Leachables (E/L)

    • What is the importance of a good E/L-qualification?
    • Historical cases of leachables, impacting the quality or the safety of a drug product
    • Regulatory requirements (FDA, EMA…) for primary packaging

    Understanding the Materials, Used in the Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Containers & Closures

    • Types of polymers – examples in medical/pharmaceutical use
    • Understanding the composition of polymers
    • The issues with glass in parenteral applications

    Analytical Techniques to Perform Extractables & Leachables Research

    • The importance of sample preparation: the corner stone in E/L research
    • What are the target compounds for material research
    • How does a classification of these compounds assist in finding the right analytical technique
    • From basic “screening” methodologies to state-of-the-art equipment

    How to Set-up Extractables & Leachables Studies

    • Selecting the right conditions for extraction
    • How to select the right compounds to monitor in a leachable study
    • Designing a leachable study

    FULL Session on Updates of E/L- Regulations, Standards and Recommendations

    • Pharma Packaging:
      • Preview of the final PQRI Parenteral Drug Product (DPD) & ODP Chemistry group
      • Update on the most recent developments on the USP <661> chapters
    • Devices
      • Chemical characterization of devices according to ISO 10993-18: What changes are coming up?
      • Upcoming Revisions of the USP <87> and USP <88>: Where could it go to?
    • (Bio)Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
      • The BPOG protocol
      • Where is USP with the update on the USP <661.3> Plastic Manufacturing Components standard

    How to Perform a Safety Evaluation – Risk Assessment on Extractables & Leachables

    • Toxicology 101
    • EMA Guideline on Genotoxic Impurities
    • ICH M7 (DNA reactive Impurities) and its suggested staged approach
    • The Threshold Concept of PQRI (OINDP and PDP/ODP)
    • Examples
    End of Day 1
  • Wednesday, 01 June 2022

    9:00 – 16:30

    E/L Testing for a Pre-filled Syringe (Glass & Polymer)

    • Glass Syringes: the issues with tungsten, glue residues and silicone oil and glass metals leaching
    • The Issue with rubbers: the plunger, the needle shield or the tip cap: different approaches needed?
    • The impact of secondary packaging – option or necessity?
    • Setting up extractable & leachable studies for a pre-filled Syringe

    E/L Testing for Lyophilized Drug Products

    • Primary packaging for the lyophilized drug product – modus of interaction with the DP
    • Impact of the “21CFR Part 4” on combination products, used in the administration of a lyo DP
    • Critical aspects when designing leachable studies for lyophilized DP
    • Integration of the administration procedure (e.g. IV-set, pump system) in leachables evaluation

    How to Look at Injection Devices from an E/L Perspective

    • Medical device regulations versus pharma packaging
    • Test selection process for devices: What to do?
    • USP and ISO 10993 series for biocompatibility testing
    • Case: Injection device

    Large Volume Parenterals

    • The challenge in E/L testing for LVP’s
    • Primary packaging for LVP’s – critical materials and components
    • Secondary packaging for LVP: critical points to consider

    E/L Testing for Disposable and Single-Use Systems in Bioproduction

    • How to classify the risk of different single-use systems in the bioproduction process?
    • Understanding BPSA & BPOG recommendations, and how they can be implemented in the study design
    • Performing E/L studies on filters: potential approaches
    End of Training Course


Piet Christiaens
Piet Christiaens
Nelson Labs NV
Dennis Jenke
Dennis Jenke
Triad Scientific Solutions

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this training course, you will be able to:

    • Explain in detail the current regulatory requirements for container/closure qualification form an E/L perspective.
    • Explain the upcoming changes in regulations, standards and recommendations from PQRI, USP and BPOG and how these changes could impact a future evaluation of a pharmaceutical C/C-system.
    • Understand the materials of construction – and their composition – of container closure systems, and how they could impact the safety and quality of a parenteral drug product.
    • Put together an evaluation program (review of provided documentation, analytical testing) of different types of parenteral drug product container/closure systems.
    • Perform a safety/risk assessment of analytical results, obtained after completion of an E/L study
  • Who Should Attend
    • Pharmaceutical Packaging and Device Engineers
    • Production Engineers, using SU systems
    • Regulatory Affairs Officers
    • Pharmaceutical R & D Managers
    • Analytical Chemists, working on E/L
    • Quality Assurance Officers

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Messeplatz 21
Basel, Switzerland
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    Training Location

    Congress Center Basel
    Messepl. 21
    4058 Basel, Switzerland

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    Pullman Basel Europe
    Clarastrasse 43
    4058 Basel
    Tel: +41616908080

    The Pullman Basel Europe is a vibrant and outstanding upscale hotel within walking distance of the old town, the Rhine river and only 200 m from the Congress Center Basel (Messe). Apart from the fashionable and luxuriously appointed rooms, the modern Fit Lounge and a charming bistro with regional cuisine, it also boasts a green inner courtyard to relax.

    The Basel SBB Train Station is 2 km away and there is parking space available for free for guests. Guests benefit from free access to public transport in Basel with the complimentary Basel Card.

    Hyperion Hotel Basel
    Messeplatz 12
    4058 Basel
    Tel: +41 61 5604000

    The Swissôtel Basel (4**** superior) offers elegant guest rooms and real Swiss hospitality for an authentic Alpine experience. The rooms boast hand-picked, unique furnishings and calming tones with splashes of vibrant yellow. In-room technology, WiFi, workspaces and entertainment centers are complemented with Italian coffee machines and quality en-suite amenities to help you get the most out of your stay.

    It is centrally located directly connected with the Congress Center Basel (Messe) and within walking distance of the old town, the Rhine River and numerous sight-seeing spots.

    The Basel SBB Train Station is 2 km away and there is parking space available for free for guests. Guests benefit from free access to public transport in Basel with the complimentary Basel Card.

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