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Technical Report No. 69: Bioburden and Biofilm Management in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations

Oct 22, 2020
Washington, DC

  • Education
  • The Americas


This training course will provide scientific understanding and real-world practices for the management of bioburden and biofilm in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production processes. Microbial control of pharmaceutical API and biopharmaceutical drug substance or API production processes is a significant quality and compliance problem today.

Major topics include the following:

  • Mechanisms surrounding biofilm formation and the complex interactions that exist between planktonic and sessile modes of microbial contamination
  • Principles and best practices in the design of facilities, utilities, and equipment to minimize bioburden with emphasis on biofilm control
  • Proven practical approaches to preventing bioburden and biofilm using real word examples
  • Typical control levels for various types and stages of biopharmaceutical production including critical utility systems
  • Best current available technology and sampling practices for bioburden and biofilm detection, including trend analysis and decision principles within the quality management system

Consistent with PDA’s Technical Report No. 69: Bioburden and Biofilm Management in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations, best practices for remediation of contaminated processes and equipment will be reviewed with case studies in remediation where possible. The case studies will provide lessons learned in effective quality investigations and regulatory interactions once problems occur. The training course will present practical approaches to the prevention, detection, and remediation of microbial contaminations that students can use in daily production and laboratory operations.

For more options and/or related training courses, please visit the page(s) below.

PDA Quality Control/Analytical Training Courses
PDA Annual Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology Training Courses


  • Training courses generally run from 8:30 to 16:00 each day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Marc Mittelman
Marc Mittelman
Mittelman and Associates, LLC

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    1. Discuss the principles and best practices of microbial control in pharmaceutical processes based on current best practices and regulatory expectations
    2. Discuss the biology underlying bioburden development in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical drug substance production systems
    3. Explain the mechanisms surrounding biofilm formation and the complex interactions between that exist between planktonic and sessile modes of microbial contamination
    4. Present information on typical control levels/limits for various types and stages of biopharmaceutical production systems, including critical utility systems
    5. Explain the principles and best practices in prevention, detection, and remediation of microbial contamination in pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical drug substance or API production systems, including current regulatory guidance and expectations
  • Who Should Attend

    This training course is intended for professionals who are involved in biofilm management.

    Engineering, Facilities, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs, Research and Development

    Director, Manager, Operator, Scientist, Specialist, Supervisor, Technician

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Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H St NW
Washington, DC

  • Accommodations

    Book within the PDA block and be automatically entered to win a daily treat delivered to your hotel room!

    A block of rooms have been reserved for meeting participants at the Grand Hyatt Washington. The rate is $299 for single or double occupancy. Guestroom rates are subject to State and Local taxes. Reservations must be secured by Monday, September 21, 2020. After this date, reservations can be made on a space-and-rate available basis only. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out time is 12:00 p.m.

    To make reservations, individuals may click on the reservation link above or call the Grand Hyatt Washington at +1 (202) 582-1234. Be sure to tell the reservationist that you are with the PDA Meeting to receive the PDA group rate.

    Individual Cancellation

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  • Amenities

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How to Get Here

By Air

The Washington/Bethesda area is serviced by the following airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

By Car

The Grand Hyatt Washington is located at 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Self-Parking: $42 per day
Valet Parking: $62 per day

Other Options

The Hotel lobby is connected to the Metro Center Metro Station. Metro fare from Reagan National Airport (DCA) is $2.30 (one-way; Blue Line).


Registration Fees

Early Registration
Registration Type Price By September 7, 2020
Member $1,259
Non-member $1,511
Gov't/Health Auth./Academic* $979
Regular Registration
Registration Type Price After September 7, 2020
Member $1,399
Non-member $1,679
Gov't/Health Auth./Academic* $979

* For this member type or discount, online registration is not available, please contact [email protected].

Group Registration Discount: Register 3 people from the same organization as a group (at the same time) for the event and receive the 4th registration free. Other discounts cannot be applied.

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