PDA EU00009 An Introduction to Visual Inspection: A hands-on course

Berlin, Germany
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Program Highlights

The training course covers the fundamentals of visual inspection methods and their application to injectable products.


This training course covers the fundamentals of visual inspection methods and their application to injectable products. The detection and identification of visible particles is a key part of the course content, though container and closure defects are discussed as well. Students combine classroom review of current regulatory requirements and inspection methods with hands-on laboratory exercises to develop and practice practical inspection skills. The skills developed through this combination of classroom and laboratory exercises may be applied to manual human inspection, semi-automated and automated machine;inspection methods. This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss your specific inspection questions and; challenges with expert instructors.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be familiar with:

  • Understand current global regulatory and compendial requirements for visual inspection
  • Understand patient risk associated with visible particles in injections
  • Implement a technically sound and compliant inspection process
  • Assess inspection performance

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WAYS TO REGISTER: 1. Online Registration   2. [email protected]

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If you need to apply for a visa to enter the event country, PDA Europe must be informed of this fact at least 4 weeks before the start of the event.

Day 1

Wednesday, 15 November 2023

Welcome and Introduction

  • Why We Inspect
  • Patient Safety
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Compendial Requirements

10:30 Coffee Break

Inspection Methods and Technologies

  • Critical Parameters (lighting, time, contrast and motion)
  • Manual Visual Inspection (MVI)
  • Semi-Automated Visual Inspection (SAVI)
  • Automated Visual Inspection (AVI)

12:30 Lunch Break

Particle Identification

Laboratory Exercise: Manual Visual Inspection

  • Light Measurement
  • Assessment effect of changing critical Variables
    • Time (10 sec vs. 20 sec)
    • Lighting (2,500 lux vs. 1,250 lux)
    • Motion/Agitation (with vs. without)

15:30 Coffee Break

Continue Laboratory Exercise

Wrap-up Discussion / Q&A


End of Training Course Day 1

Day 2

Thursday, 16 November 2023

Inspection Data Review

  • From previous day’s laboratory exercise

Defect Classification Strategies

  • Risk classification definitions
  • Critical, Major and Minor defects

10:30 Coffee Break

Acceptance Sampling

  • Sampling Plan Variables
    • Sample SizeTime
    • AQL and UQL
  • Common Standards
    • ANSI/ASQ Z1.4
    • ISO 2859

Inspector Selection and Qualification

  • Vision Screening
  • Initial Training
  • Initial Qualification
  • Requalification

12:30 Lunch Break

Inspection Strategies

  • Reinspection
  • 2-Stage Inspection
  • Focused inspection
  • Empty Vial Inspection

Inspection Validation

  • Inspection performance Assessment
    • Knapp Method
  • Acceptance Criteria

14:30 Coffee Break


  • Common misperceptions in visual inspection

Wrap-up Discussion / Q&A

End of Training Course
Agenda is subject to change.

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PDA recommends the reservation at the following hotel

INNSide by Meliá Berlin Mitte
Chausseestraße 33
10115 Berlin,

PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until 1st October 2023.

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

How to Get Here
By Air BER Airport is 8,7 km away from the hotel.