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Filtration Processes in the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industry

Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2020
Bethesda, MD

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Filtration processes are manifold and often critical within biopharmaceutical processes. Knowing different filter types, use and criticalities will help to make appropriate choices of which filter should be used where, what is required to size a filter system appropriately, what to look out for and, if needed, how to troubleshoot filtration problems. Moreover, filter integrity testing is as much a key success factor of sterilizing grade filtration as the filter itself. Again, the right choice of test, when to test and what to do when a test fails are critical knowledge points within the filtration processes.

This interactive training course addresses the following topics:

  • Design, construction and manufacturing of pre-, depth and membrane filters
  • Contaminant retention mechanisms for liquid and gas filtration including sieve retention and adsorptive sequestration
  • Pre-/Post-use integrity testing using diffusional airflow, bubble point, pressure-hold and water intrusion test
  • Process validation requirements for membrane filters, including microorganism challenges, extractables and other testing parameters
  • Troubleshooting integrity test and filtration process design issues
  • Filter material, size and combination choices

Please note that this training course has hands-on lab activities.

For more options and/or related training courses, please visit the page(s) below.

PDA Filtration Training Courses


  • Training courses generally run from 8:30 to 16:00 each day. Breakfast will not be provided, but lunch will be provided.


Wayne Garafola
Wayne Garafola
Sartorius-Stedim Biotech
Maik W. Jornitz
Maik W. Jornitz
G-CON Manufacturing

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    1. Apply knowledge of filter properties to select the appropriate filter for a specific process
    2. Design and select different integrity test methods
    3. Differentiate and optimize pre-filter and final filter arrangements
    4. Identify filterability and scalability requirements for filtration optimization
    5. Describe validation and process performance qualification requirements
    6. Resolve integrity test failures and troubleshoot filtration process issues
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    This training course is intended for professionals who design, develop, validate and perform filtration processes.

    Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Process Development, Engineering, Validation

    Supervisor, Manager, Specialist, Operator, Technician, Specialist, Scientist, Process Engineer, Reliability Engineer

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4350 East West Highway, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD

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

There is a parking garage located at the training course location. The fee is $12/day. Please do not leave your car in the parking garage past 6:00 p.m. as both the building and parking garage access doors are locked.

Other Options

Metro – Ride the Red Line of the Metro and depart at Bethesda station. It is a 5-minute walk from Bethesda station to the training course location.

Amtrak – Ride Amtrak and depart at Union Station. From Union Station, ride the Red Line of the Metro and depart at Bethesda station. It is a 5-minute walk from Bethesda station to the training course location.


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Early Registration
Registration Type Price By August 28, 2020
Member $4,409
Non-member $5,291
Gov't/Health Auth./Academic* $3,429
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Registration Type Price After August 28, 2020
Member $4,899
Non-member $5,879
Gov't/Health Auth./Academic* $3,429

* For Government/Health Authority/Academic nonmembers, online registration is not available and must be faxed in.

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