PDA EU00189 Best Practices for Glass Primary Containers

Mainz, Germany
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Program Highlights

This course will include a Site Visit at the SCHOTT facilities on the 11 June 2024!

This two-day course will offer insights into the science of glass and its inherent properties. It will review container design and dimensioning, cover glass strength and fracture mechanics as well as review the fundamental principles of good glass handling and inspection.

Glass vials, ampoules, syringes and cartridges are commonly used in packaging of parenteral pharmaceuticals. Good glass handling practices are essential to assuring glass-based container performance as intended in maintaining the safety and efficacy of the drug product.

The two-day course will offer insights into the science of glass and its inherent properties. It will review container design and dimensioning, cover glass strength and fracture mechanics as well as review the fundamental principles of good glass handling and inspection. The course will follow step-by-step the processes for packaging of parenteral in vials, ampoules, cartridges and syringes. Further insights into glass breakage including an overview of fracture analysis using fractography will be presented.

Who Should Attend
  • Packaging engineers
  • Quality personnel
  • Filling line technicians
  • Supervisors and engineering support
  • Those responding to failure complaints
  • Root cause investigators
Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Technical aptitude
  • Some familiarity with pharmaceutical fill/finish processes
  • Understands the nature of glass
  • Knows what glass breakage causes
  • Is aware of regulatory requirements and how to perform QC incoming inspection
  • Knows how to inspect glass containers for breakage-relevant defects
  • Is able to apply the knowledge to avoid glass breakage in the filling line
  • Is able to apply a structured way of evaluating in case of glass breakage
  • Is able to ‘read’ from the splinters and broken glass

Standard Registration

Member Price

€ 2.090


€ 2.090

See Qualifying Criteria for Member Types.


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

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Welcome and Introduction
Participants' Expectations

Manufacture and Characteristics of Glass as Primary Packaging Material

Glass Science

  • Chemical structure
  • Physical properties
  • Different glass types in the pharmaceutical industry

Glass Making

  • Glass melting
  • Tubing production
  • Learning from mistakes: Glass defects

Coffee Break

Glass Converting Process

  • Glass containers for pharmaceutical application
  • Container production from glass tubing
  • Factors that affect surface chemistry in glass conversion to vials
  • Molded container production
  • Additional proprieties with internal and/or external treatment/coating

Lunch Break

Glass Strength and Fracture Mechanics

  • Glass breakage - Fundamentals
  • Assessment of flaws
  • Fractography - Fundamentals

Practice and Hands-on Demonstration: Fractography

Site Visit SCHOTT Tubular Glass Manufacturing

Coffee Break

Receiving Inspection of Glass Primary Packaging Material

Requirements from Pharmacopoeias (EP, JP, USP) and Incoming Inspection

  • Overview Pharmacopoeia
  • Testing Parameters
  • Testing Methods, Equipment, Tools
  • Defects and PDA Technical Report #43

End of Training Course Day 1

Day 2

Wednesday, 12 June 2024

How to Do in Practice

  • Sampling (AQL)
  • Sample size
  • Testing
  • Documentation
  • Supplier certification & test reduction

Receiving Inspection of Glass Primary Packaging Material (cont.)

Inspection of Glass: What to Consider, Common Problems

  • Practical examples, case study

Coffee Break

Coordination Process Packaging Manufacturer and Customer

  • Important parameters | Measured variables | Regulating variables | Control loop |Interaction with manufacturer | Effort reduction

Machine Use of Glass Primary Packaging Material

Machine Runability of Glass Primary Packaging Material

  • Roughness of glass primary packaging material | Geometrics, tolerances | Quality of glass | Impact of machine speed

Lunch Break

Use of Glass Primary Packaging Material Along the Process Chain Considering different kind of containers, bulk and nested:

  • Washing machine | Depyrogenation tunnel | Filling machines | Stoppering | Rod insertion and labelling for syringes | Conveyor belts | Automated inspection | Packaging line

Case Study: What to Consider, What are Common Problems, How to Avoid Them

  • Collision analysis
  • Basics of good glass handling
  • Technologies to avoid glass to glass contact

Coffee Break

Coordination Process Primary Packaging Material and Machine

  • Important parameters | Control loop | Synchronization


Final Q & A

End of Training Course

Agenda is subject to change.

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