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Freeze Drying for Advanced Users - A Risk-Based Approach

Sep 26, 2019
Berlin, Germany

The objective of this course is to give an understanding of risk management through ICHQ9 applied to the freeze-drying process.

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One master piece of current process validation approach is risk analysis. It allows defining and measuring the critical parameters of the process for which a specific level of scrutiny is necessary in order to end-up with a robust process under control. The objective of this course is to give an understanding of risk management through ICHQ9 applied to the freeze-drying process. The session will go beyond the validation process and will integrate other aspect such as: Equipment troubleshooting, management of deviation, influence of raw material and PAT tool application. The first part will review the guidelines, the Freeze-Drying process and the tools available to score the risks.

The second part will be fully interactive. Participants will express their views in terms of detectability, occurrence and control of the various risks linked to the Freeze-Drying process. The session will be subdivided into different chapters: Product, Process, Critical Quality Attributes, Ancillary Function of the equipment, Aseptic Level, raw material and how to manage deviation in an effective way. The different tools to perform risk analysis will be described and the main focus will be on an FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) approach. The output of the workshop is a table consisting of the different parameters with their associated level of criticality that will be shared with the participant.


  • Thursday, 26 September 2019

    Theoretical Part

    • Brief review of ICH Q9
    • Description of Freeze-Drying Technology
      • The equipment
      • The process
      • The product and the primary packaging items
      • The ancillary function (SIP, CIP)
      • Aseptic level (automatic loading, people presence)
    • Tools Presentation
      • Input / Output parameters
      • Dependent / Independent parameters
      • CQA: Critical Quality Attributes
      • FMEA approach
      • Examples

    Coffee Break

    Practical Part

    • Team rule and organization
    • Part I: Product
      • Independent parameters linked to formulation
      • Independent parameters linked to freeze-dryer load
    • Part II: Process
      • Independent parameters linked to the freeze-dryer

    Lunch Break

    Practical Part

    • Part II (continued): Process
      • Independent parameters that are measured and controlled during the cycle
      • Dependent parameters linked to the Freeze-Drying cycle
    • Part III: Critical attributes linked to Freeze-Drying process
    • Part IV: Ancillary Function
      • SIP

    Coffee Break

    Practical Part

    • Part IV (continued): Ancillary Function
      • CIP
    • Part V: Aseptic Level


    • Q&A
    • Feedback about the approach

    End of Training Course


Yves Mayeresse
Yves Mayeresse
GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Better understand the freeze-drying process explained through the different examples
    • Master ICH Q9 approach in term of risk based approach
    • Recognize a critical parameters for a process
    • Score the criticality of a parameters
    • Work in team by reaching consensus around criticality levels
    • Manage deviations in an efficient way
  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend

    This course is designed specifically for people having an interest in freeze-drying. The audience can come from the various horizons of people performing technical risk assessment, deviation management, including, but not limited to: production, quality assurance, validation, engineering and development specialist.

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    Continuing Education for Pharmacists

    ACPE PDA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants may sign up to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) credits. To do so, participants must sign in at the beginning of the program, submit the provided evaluation forms and mail the CPE credit request to the address stated on the form. Attendees must be present at the full event to receive Continuing Pharmacy Education credit, which will be awarded as follows:

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    Type of Activity: Not Applicable

    ALERT   ACPE and NABP developed the CPE Monitor that allows pharmacists to electronically track their continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. The CPE Monitor will reject any CPE credit requests submitted past 60 days from date of ACPE-accredited activity. Always submit CPE activity claims as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the ACPE or NABP website.
    Continuing Education for Professional Engineers
    New Jersey

    PDA is an approved provider by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors to offer courses to New Jersey Professional Engineers for Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credit. Following the full participation in this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment specifying the number of CPC credits that may be awarded. This certificate can be submitted as verification of completion to the Board for license renewal.

    The credit value of this course is CPC credits.
    North Carolina

    PDA is recognized by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors as an Approved Sponsor of Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) activities for Professional Engineers licensed by North Carolina. To receive a Certificate of Accomplishment specifying the number of Professional Development Hours (PDH) that may be awarded, course participants must request the North Carolina Board of Examiners evaluation form from PDA staff. This form must be completed onsite at the conclusion of the course and returned to PDA staff.

    The credit value of this course is PDH credits.

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    Guests looking to host a successful meeting or wedding here in Germany will be thrilled with the 18,277 square feet of sophisticated event space, the expert planning and catering teams and the accessible location in Berlin city centre. The hotel is situated two blocks from Potsdamer Platz, and near the Brandenburg Gate and the Gendarmenmarkt. Allow the Berlin Marriott Hotel to redefine the meaning of contemporary elegance.

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    Single Room € 195 per night*
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By Air

Nearest Airports:

Berlin-Tegel Airport - TXL
Airport Phone: +49 30 60911150
5.6 mi (9 km), 18 min by car
Alternate transportation: Limousinen Service; fee: 100 EUR (one way); reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: 25 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 2.8 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 2.8 EUR (one way)
Take the Bus X9 and get off at Zoologischer Garden, then take the subway U2 towards Pankow and get off at Potsdamer Platz.


Berlin-Schoenefeld International Airport - SXF
Airport Phone: +49 30 60911150
12.7 mi (20.4 km), 25 min by car
Alternate transportation: Limousinen Service; fee: 130 EUR (one way); reservation required
Estimated taxi fare: 45 EUR (one way)
Bus service, fee: 3.6 EUR (one way)
Subway service, fee: 3.6 EUR (one way)
Take the train S45 to S-Bahnhof Suedkreuz. Then change to the S-train S2 and get off at Potsdamer Platz.

By Car

The Berlin Marriott Hotel is located at Inge-Beisheim Platz 1.

Other Options

Berlin Central Station: 2.3 mi from hotel.

Train Station Berlin Friedrichstrasse: 1.1 mi from hotel.


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