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Visual Inspection Forum

On the Path from MVI to AVI - Challenges and Trends
Oct 23 - Oct 24, 2018 |
Oct 24, 2018 |
Berlin Mariott Hotel | Berlin, Germany
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  • Europe
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Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee, we would like to invite you to submit a paper or poster abstract for a presentation at the Visual Inspection Forum held in Berlin / Germany, 23-24 October 2018.

The forum will provide a platform to present and discuss new developments in the field of visual inspection, including a basic understanding of the sampling and inspection process, special aspects of biotech products, practical aspects of manual, semiautomated and automated methods and the regulatory and compendia requirements that govern them.

On 20 December 2017, the long-awaited Annex 1 Revision of the EU GMP Guidelines was finally published. While the currently valid Annex 1 only briefly touches on the important topics of container closure integrity control and visual inspection, this amendment offers a number of innovations. The new requirements encourage further discussion of the correct understanding and implementation in visual inspection and provide only one of this year‘s hot topics to be discussed.

Are you are currently working in Visual Inspection? Do you have insight into the regulatory landscape? Are you developing an innovative concept in research?

We warmly invite you to share your know-how, specific case studies or new data with our distinguished audience.
We look forward to seeing you take part in the Visual Inspection Forum 2018!

John Shabushnig, PhD,
Insight Pharma Consulting, Chair

Markus Lankers, PhD,
Consultant, Chair

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Welcome and Introduction
Falk Klar, PDA Europe
Markus Lankers, Consultant, Chair
John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting, Chair

9:15 - 12:30
Session 1: Regulatory Landscape and Updates
Moderator: Markus Lankers, Consultant

Proposed Changes to the EU GMP Annex 1 and a Comparison with Corresponding USP Chapters 
John Shabushnig, 
Insight Pharma Consulting

Container Closure Integrity Testing –The Impact of the Annex 1 Revision
Derek Duncan, LIGHTHOUSE

10:15 – 10:45
Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

Visible Particle Requirements in the European Pharmacopeia
Hanns-Christian Mahler, LONZA

Market Recalls and Inspection Trends for Visual Inspection
Romain Veillon, GSK

Q&A, Discussion

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition


13:30 - 15:30
Session 2A: Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Moderator: Heino Prinz, Rommelag

From MVI to Deep Learning
Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines

Application of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning to the Pharmaceutical Automatic Inspection Processes
Massimo Frasson, Brevetti

Improvements on Empty Glass Quality Inspection Using Deep Learning Algorithms
Massimo Mozzi, SPAMI

Q&A, Discussion

13:30 - 15:30
Session 2B: Control Strategies
Moderator: John Ayres, Pharma Safety Solutions

Statistically Valid Sampling Plans for Automated Inspection Qualification and Routine Operation
Gabriel Anderson, Novartis

Visual Inspection in the Context of an Overarching Control Strategy
Elizabeth Zybczynski, Baxter Healthcare

Implementation of Zero Tolerance for Injectable Products
Montse Domínguez Fernández, Boehringer Ingelheim
Silvia MarianaBoehringer Ingelheim

Q&A, Discussion

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

16:00 - 18:00
Session 3: Particle Identification and Supplemental Testing
Moderator: Renaud Janssen, Datwyler

Analysis of Particulate Matter in Liquid Finished Dosage
Balazs Havasi, Novartis

Introducing the PDA/PMF Zero Visible Particles Project
Maurizio Fantozzi, Stevanato Group

Visual Inspection of Single-Use Systems for Biopharmaceutical Processing
Klaus Wormuth, Sartorius Stedim

Identification of Micro Steel Particles using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy coupled with Multivariate Statistics
Jonas Hoeg Thygesen, Novo Nordisk

End of Conference Day 1

Networking Dinner

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Welcome and Introduction
Markus Lankers, Consultant, Chair
John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting, Chair

9:10 - 12:30
Session 4: Difficult to Inspect Products
Moderator: Romain Veillon, GSK

Introducing the new PDA Technical Report TR-79 on Particulate Matter in Difficult to Inspect Parenteral Products
Roy Cherris, Bridge Associates

An Update on Difficult to Inspect Products, other Physical Characteristics, and Process Related Phenomena Which Equally Influence (Automatic) Inspectability
Søren C Meyer, InnoScan

Effect of Visual Inspection Parameters on the Inspection Effectiveness for Flexible Containers
Neal Zupec, Baxter Healthcare

10:40 – 11:10
Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

Spectral Coded Illumination for Reliable Differentiation Between Transparent Particles and Air Bubbles.
Christian Scherer, Seidenader Maschinenbau

Data Driven Control Strategy for Flexible (IV) Containers
Frank Dudzik, Baxter Healthcare

Q&A, Discussion

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

13:30 - 15:00
Session 5: General Inspection Techniques
Moderator: John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting

Pulsed X-Ray Particles Inspection for Lyophilisates
Stephan Bachmeier, Heuft

Advanced Technologies for Automated Visual Inspection of Syringes
Jose Zanardi, Bosch Packaging Technology

Practical Approach to the Preparation of Defect Standards and Test Sets
Jean Malthête, GSK Vaccines

15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

15:30 - 16:30
Closing Plenary: Manufacturing and its Clinical Relevance
Moderator: Andrea Sardella, OMPI

Filtration of IV Drugs
Markus Lankers, Consultant

Medical Impact of Particles
John Ayres, Pharma Safety Solutions

Q&A, Discussion

Closing Remarks & Farewell
Falk Klar, PDA Europe
Markus Lankers, Consultant,
John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting,

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