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Quality Risk Management for Facilities and Equipment

Nov 17 - Nov 17, 2017 |
Nov 17, 2017 |
PDA Training and Research Institute | Bethesda, MD
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Duration:  1 day
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Facilities and equipment represent one of the six major segments of the Quality System identified by the FDA as areas of focus for GMP inspections. They represent the major capital cost associated with drug substance and drug product manufacture.

In addition to associated financial value, facilities and equipment are critical to establishing and maintaining product quality by ensuring process, environmental and material control. Associated risks must be understood and controlled in order to reliably achieve product quality.

Over the course of the asset life-cycle, different risks may be recognized and assessed. Control or mitigation strategies at each stage of the life-cycle are essential to continuous delivery of a quality product.

This course will explore the application of risk-based strategies to most effectively manage the entire life-cycle of facility and equipment assets in GMP manufacturing. Discussions will begin with design and the relationship of facilities and equipment to product quality. It will progress through the entire life-cycle from start-up, qualification, operation, maintenance and, finally, to retirement.

Emphasis will be placed on rationale for determining risk and methodology to control or mitigate it. Focus will be directed toward real risk to product quality and the application of best practices to ensure both technical control and oversight by the Quality unit. Regular re-evaluation and continuous improvement will be discussed.

The course will be lecture-based and will be structured to provide an open and interactive environment wherein all participants will contribute to the learning experience of the entire group.

Who Should Attend

The following individuals will benefit from this course:

  • Engineering and maintenance professionals responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, qualification and asset life-cycle management of GMP manufacturing facilities and equipment
  • Validation and technical experts responsible for overseeing and advising on GMP design and qualification requirements
  • Quality assurance personnel responsible for reviewing, approving and overseeing quality systems associated with facilities and equipment
  • Personnel responsible to operate and monitor production facilities and equipment

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

  • Identify the relationship between facility and equipment design and the critical quality attributes of a product
  • Assess risk to quality (and other risks) arising from facility and equipment
  • Develop methodology to quantify and mitigate facility and equipment risk to quality, as well as to safety, the environment and to the business objectives of the company
  • Apply risk-management tools in order to direct the focus of general quality systems (e.g., change control, deviation management, documentation practices) toward significant risk to quality
  • Describe the application of equipment specific quality systems (e.g., maintenance, calibration, equipment qualification) to ensure quality



On or before October 2, 2017

After October 2, 2017


On or before October 2, 2017

After October 2, 2017

Government/Health Authority/Academic



All rates in US Dollars. REFUND FOR COURSES: If your written request is received by October 16, 2017, you will receive a full refund less a $200 processing fee. After that time, no refunds will be approved. COURSE CANCELLATION: PDA reserves the right to modify the material or instructors without notice, or to cancel an event. If an event must be cancelled, registrants will be notified by PDA as soon as possible and will receive a full refund. PDA will not be responsible for airfare penalties or other costs incurred due to cancellation. For more details, contact PDA at or +1 (301) 656-5900.

Class Schedule

All lecture courses begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the confirmation letter or in course information posted on the website or in the course brochures. Courses that are listed with a half day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon on the last day.

Please arrive at your course location approximately thirty minutes before the start of the course to sign in. Please be sure to bring your confirmation letter as proof of registration. PDA will not allow persons to attend a course without payment, or guarantee of payment.

A continental breakfast will be served before class beginning 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided during the morning break from 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. and the afternoon break from 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


The course will be held at:

PDA Training and Research Institute
4350 East West Highway, Suite 150
Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

Recommended Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda
7301 Waverly Street | Bethesda, MD 20814 | 0.3 miles from PDA
(301) 654-8111


For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Ko
Senior Manager, Lecture Education
Tel: +1 (301) 656-5900 x151

Phil DeSantis, Principal, DeSantis Consulting Associates

Phil DeSantis is a pharmaceutical consultant, specializing in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Compliance. Phil retired in 2011 as Senior Director, Engineering Compliance for Global Engineering Service at Merck (formerly Schering-Plough) located in Whitehouse Station, NJ. His responsibilities included development, implementation and support of standards and practices for all facility and equipment-related capital projects and site operations. He served as Global Subject Matter Expert for Facilities and Equipment and on the Global Validation Review Board and Quality Systems and Standards Committee.

Phil is a chemical engineer, having received a BSChE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSChE from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has over forty-five years of pharmaceutical industry experience. Prior to Schering-Plough, Phil held executive positions for Fluor Corporation and Raytheon Engineers & Constructors, where he led groups providing validation and compliance consulting services to pharmaceutical and biotech clients. Prior to that, he served in technical positions in several major pharmaceutical firms, including Squibb, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation and an earlier period at Merck. He is on the PDA Scientific Advisory Board and is active in ISPE. He has been as a frequent lecturer for both organizations. He has published or contributed to several articles and books in the area of validation and pharmaceutical engineering. In addition, Phil has lectured on "Steam and Dry Heat Sterilization" as part of the FDA's field investigator training program.

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:

PDA #467 | ACPE #0116-0000-15-028-L04-P | 0.6 CEUs
Type of Activity: Application

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 6 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 (PDHs) 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 6 PDHs.