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2022 PDA Visual Inspection Forum

Apr 26 - Apr 27, 2022
Berlin, Germany

Visual Inspection Process: Driving Continuous Improvement

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Review an exciting program including sessions on regulatory updates, artificial intelligence and deep learning, characterization and evaluation of particles, difficult to inspect products and the visual inspection lifecycle - all with the aim to drive continuous improvement of the visual inspection process.

Join PDA's tight-knit VI community onsite in Berlin and register today! The Early Bird rate is available until 27 February.


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee and PDA, we are proud to invite you to the Visual Inspection Forum to take place in Berlin, Germany, 26-27 April!

We are excited to return to an on-site meeting!

This forum will provide a platform to present and discuss new developments in the field of visual inspection (VI). This year we will have a special focus on the use of automated visual inspection (AVI) technology to meet increasing demands for injectable products. Discussion will include both inspection hardware and software along with validation strategies necessary to deploy this technology. The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning (DL) as applied to AVI will be also part of these discussions.

Manual inspection is the reference method fond in all global pharmacopeias and continues to be widely used. Practical discussions on inspector training and routine manual inspection are planned. A holistic view of the VI process including control strategies, AQL inspection, defect trending and continuous process improvement will be included.

Special consideration is given to difficult to inspect parenteral (DIP) products such as lyophilized and biopharmaceutical products, and those in special packing types.

The regulatory and compendial requirements that govern the inspection process will also be discussed. On 20 December 2017, the long-awaited revision to Annex 1 of the EU GMP Guidelines was published. While the currently valid Annex 1 only briefly touches on the important topics of container closure integrity (CCI) control and VI, this revision contains significantly expanded requirements. The new requirements encourage further discussion of the correct understanding and implementation of VI within the pharmaceutical manufacturing supply chain and provide only one of this year’s hot topics.

We anticipate a strong agenda of knowledgeable experts in this field along with an exhibition of the latest commercial inspection technology and services.

We look forward to seeing you take part in the Forum!


The Co-Chairs

John Shabushnig, PhD, Insight Pharma Consulting
Romain Veillon,


John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting, Chair
Romain Veillon, GSK, Chair
John Ayres, Pharma Safety Solutions
Florian Krickl, Vitronic
Markus Lankers, MIBIC
Felix Riehn, Koerber Pharma
Hanns-Christian Mahler, ten23 Health
Andrea Sardella, Stevanato Group
Herve Soukassian, BD
Linda Wildling, Takeda
Jose Zanardi, Syntegon Technology
Janie Miller, PDA
Falk Klar, PDA
Stefanie Nebelin, Manager Programs & Events, PDA


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022

    Welcome and Introduction
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK

    Opening Plenary: Updates from the Regulatory Landscape
    Moderator: Romain Veillon, GSK, Co-Moderator: Linda Wildling, Takeda

    Regulatory Aspects of Visible Particulates Testing and Control
    U.S. FDA

    USP Particle Chapters: A summary of Recent Changes and their Implications
    Insight Pharma Consulting

    Visual Inspection in the European Pharmacopeia & Practical Implications of the revised Annex 1 
    Ten23 Health & Eyetec

    Q&A, Discussion

    11:30 - 12:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 1: Particle Characterization and Safety Impact Evaluation  
    Moderator: Markus Lankers, MIBIC, Co-Moderator: Hanns-Christian Mahler, Ten23 Health 

    Clinical Considerations: Assessing the Safety Implications of Extrinsic Particles
    Pharma Safety Solutions

    Controlling Particulate Contamination at the Source by use of CCS
    GxPFONT Consulting Group

    Q&A, Discussion

    13:20 - 14:20
    Lunch Break, Exhibition & Interactive Poster Session

    Session 2: Artificial Intelligence: from MVI to AVI and into the Future 
    Moderator: Florian Krickl, Vitronic, Co-Moderator: Jose Zanardi, Syntegon

    Interactive Questionnaire: Where is the Industry Now and Where are We Headed: A Status Update 

    Deep Learning Vision Robot

    Incorporating Deep Learning into Existing Vision Configurations for Cosmetic Defects of Lyophilized Product
    J&J & Koerber Pharma

    15:45 - 16:15
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Practical Applications, Challenges, and Solutions When Using Deep Learning and Big Data for Automated Visual Inspection

    Integrating Multimodal Sensing and AI for Automated Inspection of Parenteral Products
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Panel Discussion

    18:00 End of Conference Day 1 and Networking Event

    Agenda is subject to change without notice, Speakers are invited, pending confirmation
  • Wednesday, 27 April 2022

    Welcome to Day 2
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK

    Session 3: Difficult to Inspect Products 
    Moderator: Andrea Sardella, Stevanato Group, Co-Moderator: Jose Zanardi, Syntegon

    Visual Inspection of High Viscosity Syringe Containers

    Automatic Vision Inspection of Cell Therapy Products: Challenges, Opportunities, Mechanical Approaches and Technologies
    Brevetti & ANEMOCYTE S.R.L

    AVI of Difficult to Inspect Blow Fill Seal Container Blocks

    10:20 - 10:50
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Challenges During Automatic Inspection of Lyophilized Products: Case Study on Collapsed Cake and Unusual Cake Appearance
    Amgen Technology Ireland &Brevetti

    Interactive Questionnaire: Addressing Challenges in the Visual Inspection Process Regarding Evolving Medicines

    Q&A, Discussion

    12:15 - 13:15
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Closing Plenary: Improving the Visual Inspection Life Cycle
    Moderator: John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting, Co-Moderator: Herve Soukiassian, BD

    Updates on Recent PDA Activities 
    Speaker invited

    Lessons from Visual Inspection
    Pfizer Inc.

    How to Establish a Holistic, Company-Wide Visual Inspection & Particle Life-Cycle Management Program

    14:20 - 14:50
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Enabling Visual Inspection in Commercial Production during Product Development 
    Seidenader Maschinenbau

    Closing Panel Discussion with Panelists

    Conference Summary by the Chairs
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK

    Closing Remarks & Farewell
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe

    End of Conference

    Agenda is subject to change without notice, Speakers are invited, pending confirmation

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Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin

Augsburger Strasse 41
Berlin, Germany

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  • Accommodations

    Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin

    Augsburger Strasse 41
    10789 Berlin
    Tel: +49 30 800999-0

    Single Room € 149 per night*
    Double Room € 169 per night*

    *Rates are per room and night, including the following services and benefits free of charge:

    • Buffet Breakfast in the restaurant
    • Wireless Internet Connection (WI-FI)
    • VAT, Taxes and Service will apply

    PDA Europe has reserved a limited number of rooms until 10 March 2022.

    The PDA block of rooms are available on a first come basis and must be secured by the deadline included above to receive the PDA rate. After this date, rooms will be available at the prevailing rate based on availability.

  • Amenities

    Just 100 m from the Kurfürstendamm boulevard, the life-style hotel Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin is characterized by elegance and understatement, it offers air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi and a French restaurant. Guests have free use of the spa and gym. Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin has modern architecture. Its rooms and suites feature dark woods and high windows. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV and a BOSE sound system. Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin provides a touch of luxury in an Art Deco building. It is near designer boutiques, cultural highlights, the KaDeWe department store, Berlin Zoo, the Theater des Westens (theater), Charlottenburg Palace and the Deutsche Oper (opera house) .

    Kurfürstendamm Underground Station is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel with excellent transportation options to the airport.

How to Get Here

By Air

Berlin's airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) is situated approximately 28km from the hotel. Train and tram connections are available.

By Car

Self-parking on site (EUR 27,00 per night).

Other Options

  • The nearest train station ‘Zoologischer Garten’ is a 7 minutes walk away.
  • The metro station ‘Kurfürstendamm’ is a 2 minutes walk away.


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