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PDA Ireland Chapter: Microbiology Conference

Nov 23, 2023
Dublin, Ireland

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Join us for an exciting in-person event on Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 07:45 AM (Irish Standard Time) to explore the significance of microbiology in achieving compliance with Annex 1 and risk-based regulations. This event will be held at Castleknock Hotel, Dublin, D15 WNR7 D15.

Discover how microbiology plays a vital role in ensuring product quality, safety, and regulatory compliance. Our expert speakers will delve into the latest advancements, best practices, and strategies for successful implementation. Gain valuable insights and network with industry professionals.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of microbiology's role in compliance with Annex 1 and risk-based regulation. Register now to secure your spot!


  • Theme #1: Microbiology and Annex 1 Compliance

    • 7:45 am - 8:30 am | Registration, networking and breakfast
    • 8:30 am - 8:45 am | Opening Remarks by Moderator, Maria Ginnelly, Technical Operations Lead, MSD Carlow and Welcome from the PDA Ireland President, Aidan Harrington, Principal Consultant, DPS Engineering
    • 8:45 am - 9:05 am | The Implementation and Evolution of a Contamination Control Strategy, Keelan Moran, Operations Specialist, MSD Carlow
    • 9:05 am - 9:40 am  | Evolution of Pharmaceutical Industry, Annex 1 and the Importance of Microbiology/Sterility Assurance, Andrew Hopkins, Director of Compliance, AbbVie
    • 9:40 am - 10:00 am  | Media Fill Strategy and Design, Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, Global Microbiology Associate Director, Takeda
    • 10:00 am - 10:30 am  | Q&A with Morning Speakers, Moderated by Maria Ginnelly
    • 10:30 am - 10:50 am  | Tea, Coffee and Networking Opportunity
    • Theme #2: Regulatory Landscape and Updates
    • 10:50 am - 11:10 am  | Microbial Considerations for Clean Utilities, Joe Brady, PhD, Biopharmaceutical and Process Validation Consultant
    • 11:10 - 11:30 | Inspection Feedback and Regulatory Updates, Ciara Turley, Senior Inspector, Health Products Regulatory Authority
    • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm  | Questions from the Floor, Moderated by Maria Ginnelly
    • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm  | Fireside Chat with Regulatory and Industry Experts, Moderated by Maria Ginnelly
    • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  | Lunch and Networking Opportunity
    • Theme #3: The Role of Sterility Assurance
    • 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm  | The Role of the Microbiologist - from the Laboratory to the Production Floor, Martine Nolan, Head of Quality, Sanofi
    • 1:50 - 2:10 pm  | Sterility Assurance Topics in Short Shelf-Life Cell Therapy, Conor McMorrow, Sterility Assurance Lead, Cell Therapy, Takeda
    • 2:10 pm - 2:30 pm  | Disinfection and Material Intake Programs - Implementation, Challenges and Solutions
    • 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm  | Q&A with Afternoon Speakers, Moderated by Maria Ginnelly
    • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm | Interactive Workshops, Moderated by Maria Ginnelly
    • 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm  | Tea, Coffee and Networking Opportunity
    • Theme #4: Industry Feedback - Ask the Experts
    • 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm  | Industry Feedback - Feedback from Workshops, Panel Discussions and Audience Q&A, Moderated by Maria Ginnelly
    • 4:10 - 4:30 pm | Closing Comments by Moderator and PDA Ireland President, Aidan Harrington, Principal Consultant, DPS Engineering

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Castleknock Hotel


Porterstown Road
Dublin, Ireland

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Registration Fees

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PDA Member €350.00 +26.37 Fee
Non-member €450.00 +33.63 Fee


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