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PDA West Coast Chapter Aseptic Techniques Two-day Professional Development

Apr 13 - Apr 14, 2020
Berkeley, CA

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Training of operators in aseptic techniques is a critical step in protecting the product from contamination. It is by understanding contamination sources and the transport mechanism of contaminants to the product that we can truly master and execute proper aseptic techniques. Contamination sources may stem from the inadequate design of the cleanroom or barrier system, improper cleaning, mismanagement of gowns as well as flawed gowning practices and more. To execute proper aseptic techniques, these sources of contamination should be considered. Any contamination source in the proximity of an open product has the chance to contaminate the product. When performing aseptic manipulations, there are some ground rules which need to be followed by the analysts or operators. Aspects to be considered are: never breaking first air or reaching overexposed product, components, or fill lines, not touching sterile items with non-sterile items, not exposing sterile items to non-sterile environments and using sterile components and gloves. These are the first steps to steering clear of contamination.

This holistic approach to aseptic techniques will be addressed in the two-day training, and the data resulting from the hands-on qualification exercise will be utilized as a measure of training efficacy.


  • Seminar Overview

    • Understanding Aseptic Techniques
      • What is meant by aseptic techniques?
      • Why should I follow aseptic techniques?
      • How operators transport contamination into controlled environments and onto the product?
    • Cleanroom Behavior
      • Understanding cleanroom airflows
    • Microbiology Basics
      • Types of organisms found in cleanrooms
      • Sources of cleanroom contaminants
    • Gowning
      • The science behind gowning
      • Gown management
      • Common errors made when donning gowns and other PPEs
    • Cleaning and Disinfection
      • Understanding disinfectants and cleaning agents
      • Myths and facts about disinfection and disinfectant qualification
      • Common errors during cleanroom and barrier system cleaning

Highlighted Speakers

Ziva Abraham Abraham
Ziva Abraham Abraham
Microrite, Inc.


Berkeley City College

2020 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA


Registration Fees

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Registration Type Price
 Member & Non-Member  $1,800

Cancellation Policy:
Seating is confirmed and reserved in advance. We regret that no refunds can be offered for non-attendance. If a registrant cannot attend, substitutions are welcome by March 27, 2020; but, substitution are not allowed after this date.

PDA West Coast Chapter, reserves the right to cancel the event if the minimum number of attendees are not met by the Monday prior to the event.


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