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Understanding Sterilization

Feb 18 - Feb 20, 2020
Albuzzano, Italy

  • Education
  • Europe
Program Highlights

The course will be held at Fedegari’s Tech Center, where participants will be able to discuss real-life problems while using Fedegari equipment to apply their new knowledge and capabilities.


Three days fully dedicated to every sterilization aspect, from basic principles to validation activities. Starting from an overview of all sterilization methods, participants will have the opportunity to discover the secrets of moist-heat sterilization. Not only theoretical sessions, but also hands-on training with process machines for increasing your practical knowledge.

The course will be held at Fedegari’s Tech Center, where participants will be able to discuss real-life problems while using Fedegari equipment to apply their new knowledge and capabilities. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences and challenges with experts in sterilization and contamination control.


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Tuesday, 18 February 2020

    Introduction to Current Decontamination Methods

    • Distinguish disinfection, sterilization and decontamination
    • E- Beam
    • EtO

    Coffee Break

    Introduction to Current Decontamination Methods (cont.)

    • ɤ-Irradiation
    • Hydrogen Peroxide: Principle and application in Pharma, Equipment
    • Regulations

    Lunch Break

    Plant Tour

    Coffee Break

    Hydrogen Peroxide Decontamination in Practice

    • Group session with practical examples of correct / wrong cycles
    • Correct placement of probes and indicators for various load types

    End of Day 1

  • Wednesday, 19 February 2020

    Wrap-up of Day 1 and Questions

    Moist-heat Sterilization Principles

    • Sterility assurance concept (PNSU or SAL), D-values, z-values, F0

    Coffee Break

    Moist-heat Sterilization, Load Types and Process/ Autoclave Selection

    • Steam sterilization: general concepts
    • Case studies

    Lunch Break

    Moist-heat Sterilization, Load Types and Process/ Autoclave Selection

    • Counterpressure cycles
    • Case studies

    Coffee Break

    Practical session: How to create the right cycle for a specific load

    Q&A Session

    End of Day 2
  • Thursday, 20 February 2020

    Wrap-up of Day 2 and Questions

    Biological Indicators and Validation – Parametric Release

    Coffee Break

    Temperature Mapping and Practical Sessions Common Loads

    Lunch Break

    Routinely and Operational Tests

    • Vacuum and pressure leak test
    • Bowie & Dick test
    • Equilibration time
    • Steam quality test

    Coffee Break

    Variables Affecting Validation

    Q&A Session

    End of Day 3

Additional Information

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    The participants:

    • Have understood concepts of decontamination, disinfection and sterilization
    • Have understood the principles of moist heat/dry heat sterilization
    • Have an overview of other sterilization methods (gamma irradiation, E-Beam, EtO)
    • Can calculate F and D values
    • Have understood the different cycle requirements for various load types (solid, porous, liquid)
    • Have understood approaches for qualification of equipment
    • Have understood challenges and solutions for biological and chemical indicators
  • Why Attend

    Why Attend

    Attendees will learn how to:

    • Create the perfect cycle for liquid and porous loads
    • Run biological and thermal validation
  • Who Should Attend
    • Manufacturing Supervisors and Operators
    • QA Managers
    • QC Managers
    • Facility Managers/Technicians
    • Validation/Qualification Personnel
    • Equipment Manufacturers
    • Head of Production
    • Process Engineers
    • Process Developers

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Fedegari Autoclavi s.p.a.

SS 235 km 8
Albuzzano, Italy

Fedegari Autoclavi s.p.a.
  • Accommodations

    Training Location

    Fedegari Group
    Fedegari Autoclavi s.p.a.
    SS 235 km 8
    27010 Albuzzano (PV), Italy

    Hotel Nearby

    PDA Europe recommends the reservation at the following hotel. A transfer during the event from and to this hotel is guaranteed.

    The general terms of business are valid at the event hotels.

    Viale Vittorio Emanuele II, 41
    27100 Pavia - Italy
    Tel.: +39 0382 303401
    Fax: +39 0382 25225
    Hotel Website
    Price per Room/Night: 130,00 Euro per room, per night, 10% Vat, Wi-Fi and Buffet Breakfast included, Direct Payment in Hotel

  • Amenities

How to Get Here

By Air

Nearest Airport: Linate Airport LIN

By Car

Transfer per Taxi to the Training Location
Distance: 52 km
Duration: 43 min
Estimated Fee: 88 Euros

Other Options

Transfer per Trains and Bus to the Training Location
Direction: 52 km
Duration: 2h 40 min
Estimated Fee: Check upon arrival at the airport


Registration Fees

Regular Price
Registration Type Price
Day 1 + 2: Sterilization Overview and Practice €1.595
Day 3: Validation and Qualification €895
Day 1 + 2 + 3: Sterilization – All You Need to Know €2.345

All fees given in Euro and excluding VAT (22%)

* 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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