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Rapid Microbiological Methods

Oct 17 - Oct 18, 2018
Berlin, Germany

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Program Highlights

This comprehensive course is designed to provide an intensive review of currently available rapid microbiological method (RMM) technologies, validation strategies, applications, regulatory expectations, financial justification models and implementation plans.


This comprehensive course is designed to provide an intensive review of currently available rapid microbiological method (RMM) technologies, validation strategies, applications, regulatory expectations, financial justification models and implementation plans.The use of rapid methods for conventional pharmaceuticals, biotech and short shelf life products, including advanced therapeutic medicinal products (ATMP; gene and cell therapy) will be specifically integrated into the discussions.

Taught by one of the industry’s global leaders in rapid methods, the attendee will be immersed in discussions that will provide a meaningful and understandable roadmap for how to evaluate RMMs and employ them in their own laboratory and manufacturing areas.

Who Should Attend

  • Departments: Microbiology, Compliance, Engineering, Manufacturing, QA/QC, CMC Documentation, Regulatory Affairs, Research and Development, Validation, QP
  • Level of Expertise: Senior Management, Scientists/Technicians
  • Job Function: Supervisor, Researcher, Analyst, Operative Personnel

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the benefits of alternative and RMM technologies as compared with classical microbiological methods
  • Describe the scientific basis for a variety of technologies that may be qualified as alternative methods to classical microbiology procedures; explore case studies and actual workflows for dozens of commercially-available technologies
  • Explain the regulatory environment, guidance, policies and expectations for validation, submissions and implementation from FDA, EMA, TGA, PMDA, ISO and WHO; understand when and how to change acceptance levels
  • Develop business plans and return on investment justifications, follow an actual case study in significant cost savings and cost avoidances by implementing a RMM for environmental monitoring
  • Apply industry best practices for validating these new technologies in order to demonstrate that the methods are acceptable for their intended use via IQ, OQ and PQ qualification strategies; understand the differences between PDA TR 33, USP <1223> chapter and Ph. Eur. Chapter 5.1.6
  • Appreciate new guidance for rapid sterility testing of advanced therapeutic medicinal products (ATMP; gene and cell therapy) including compendial expectations and regulatory acceptance; justification for sample size allowances and the latest validation strategies


Michael J. Miller, PhD, President, Microbiology Consultants, President
Michael J. Miller is an internationally recognized microbiologist and subject matter expert in pharmaceutical microbiology, contamination control, aseptic processing, sterilization, laboratory design and the validation and implementation of rapid microbiological methods (RMM). He is currently the President of Microbiology Consultants, LLC. For 30 years, he has held numerous R&D, manufacturing, quality, business development and executive leadership roles at multinational firms such as Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Company and Bausch & Lomb. In his current role, Michael consults with multinational companies in providing technical, quality, regulatory and training solutions in support of RMMs, sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing, contamination control, isolator technology, environmental monitoring, sterilization and antimicrobial effectiveness. Michael Miller has authored more than 100 technical publications and presentations and is the editor of PDA’s Encyclopedia of Rapid Microbiological Methods and was also the chairperson during the revision of PDA Technical Report #33: Evaluation, Validation and Implementation of New Microbiological Testing Methods. He currently serves as an advisor to the USP Microbiology Expert Committee in the area of rapid sterility testing. Michael Miller holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Georgia State University (GSU), a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Hobart College.


  • Wednesday, 17 October 2018


    Introduction to RMMs, Applications, Implementation Strategies, Opportunities
    Growth-based RMMs; Scientific Principles, Applications and Case Studies

    Coffee Break

    Regulatory Policies and Expectations: FDA, EMA, TGA, PMDA, ISO and WHO

    Lunch Break

    Cellular-component Based RMMs; Scientific Principles, Applications and Case Studies
    Viability-based RMMs; Scientific Principles, Applications and Case Studies

    Coffee Break

    Spectroscopic-based RMMs; Scientific Principles, Applications and Case Studies
    Genetic and Gene Amplification-based RMMs Part 1; Scientific Principles, Applications and Case Studies

    End of Day 1

    Thursday, 18 October 2018

    Genetic and Gene Amplification-based RMMs Part 2; Scientific Principles, Applications and Case Studies

    Coffee Break

    MEM-based RMMs; The Future of Alternative Technologies
    Validation of RMMs Part 1; Due Diligence Activities, Vendor Expectations, IQ, OQ and PQ Strategies, Validation Acceptance Criteria, Use of Statistics

    Lunch Break

    Validation of RMMs Part 2; Equivalence, Method Suitability, Comparison of PDA TR33, USP <1223> and Ph. Eur. 5.1.6
    A Case Study on Conducting Economic Assessments and Return-on-Investment (ROI) Calculations

    Review of ATMP (gene and cell therapy) expectations for rapid sterility testing according to the revised Ph. Eur. Chapter 2.6.27

    Coffee Break

    References, On-line Resources and Final Remarks

    End of Training Course

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