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2020 Visual Inspection

Visual Inspection Forum

Apr 21 - Apr 22, 2020
Berlin, Germany

Innovations in Automated Visual Inspection

  • Conference
  • Europe
Program Highlights


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee and PDA Europe, we would like to invite you to the Visual Inspection Forum to take place in Berlin / Germany, 21-22 April 2020.

This forum will provide a platform to present and discuss new developments in the field of visual inspection. This year we will have a special focus on the use of automated visual inspection technology to meet this critical process need.  Discussion will include both the inspection hardware and software along with the validation strategies necessary to deploy this technology.  

We will also cover the emergence of Deep Learning and key concept associated to this step change like data flow and data integrity. We will also address manual inspection which continues to be the reference method for visual inspection. Also, the holistic VI process will be covered with discussions on control strategies such as AQL and defect trending. Key elements of a basic inspection and sampling process along with special considerations for difficult to inspect parenteral (DIP) products such as lyophilized and biopharmaceutical products, and those in special packing types will be covered. 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 control and visual inspection, this revision contains significantly expanded requirements. The new requirements encourage further discussion of the correct understanding and implementation of visual inspection 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 2020 Visual Inspection Forum!


The Co-Chairs

John Shabushnig, PhD, Insight Pharma Consulting
Romain Veillon,


  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Tuesday, 21 April 2020

    Welcome and Introduction

    Falk Klar, PDA Europe
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting, Conference Chair
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines, Conference Chair

    Opening Plenary: Regulatory Updates
    Moderator: John Shabushnig,
    Insight Pharma Consulting

    Visual Inspection: Main Findings from the French Inspectorate (ANSM)


    Update on United States Regulatory and Compendial Expectations for Visual Inspection
    John Shabushnig,
    Insight Pharma Consulting

    An Update to the European Pharmacopoeia

    Q&A, Discussion

    11:15 - 11:45
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 1: Particles & Particle Identification
    Moderator: Markus Lankers,

    An Update on PDA's Zero Visible Defects Project


    Atomic Force Microscopy – Infrared (AFM-IR) a New Tool for Particle Identification and Characterization?

    Novo Nordisk

    Q&A, Discussion

    13:15 - 14:15
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 2: Inspection of Cell Therapy Products and other Difficult to Inspect Products
    Moderator: Renaud Janssen,

    Automatic Inspection of Cell Therapy Products: Challenges and Innovative Methods

    Brevetti C.E.A.

    Particulate Detection in the Visual Inspection of Single-Use Assemblies: A Knapp Study

    Sartorius Stedim

    Inspection of Difficult to Inspect Lyophilized and Suspension Products on a Combi Inspection Machine


    Q&A, Discussion

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

    Session 3: Updates in Automated Visual Inspection
    Moderator: Andrea Sardella,
    Stevanato Group

    Next Generation Toolbox - a Case Study on Automated Visual Inspection of IV-Bags

    Florian Krickl, Vitronic

    The Automated Inspection of Opaque Liquid Vaccines

    University of Liverpool

    Risk-based Control Strategies in Automated Visual Inspection


    Q&A, Discussion

    End of Conference Day 1 & Networking Event

  • Wednesday, 22 April 2020


    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines

    Session 4: Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
    Moderator: Romain Veillon,
    GSK Vaccines

    Interactive Exercise: Live Mentimeter Questionnaire

    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines

    • Expectations of Deep Learning and AI
    • Industry Experience with Deep Learning and AI
    • Challenges of Implementation

    Points to Consider for the Use of Deep Learning & AI in Visual Inspection

    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK Vaccines

    Deep Learning Applied to Automated Vision Inspection and Key Points for Design and Validation


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

    Session 5: Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence, con't
    Moderator: Romain Veillon,
    GSK Vaccines

    Non-Invasive Ways of Using Deep Learning/AI to Lower True and False Reject Rates in Automated Inspection Systems


    Use Case: Implementation of Deep Learning into an Existing Automatic Inspection Machine

    Panel Discussion

    12:10 - 13:10
    Lunch Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Session 6: Considerations for Manual Inspection and Defect Sets
    Moderator: Adriaan Broer,
    HAL Allergy

    The Development of Reference Standard Test Kits

    Material Analytischer Service

    Visual Inspection Qualification Strategy Considering Standard Defects and Reject Zone
    Eli Lilly

    Q&A, Discussion

    14:30 - 15:00
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    Closing: Qualification Aspects of VI Technology
    Moderator: John Shabushnig,
    Insight Pharma Consulting

    Case Study: Qualification of an Automatic Inspection Line for a Parenteral Product


    False Rejection: Just a Matter of Cost or a Possible Impact on Batch Quality?

    AVI Consulting

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

    Closing Remarks & Farewell
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe

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Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt
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    Just 800 m from the Brandenburg Gate, Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt is located directly beside the German Parliament buildings in Berlin. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Each of the air-conditioned rooms here at Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt will provide you with a minibar, tea/coffee facilities and a flat-screen TV. Private bathrooms come with bathrobes and slippers. Rooms are decorated in a modern style.

    At Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt you will find a 24-hour front desk, a bar and an a restaurant. Other facilities offered include a ticket service and luggage storage. The hotel is 3 km from Alexanderplatz, 4 km from Kurfürstendamm and a 25-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz.

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Take the train S45 to S-Bahnhof Suedkreuz. Then change to the S-train S2 and get off at Potsdamer Platz to take zhe S-train 9 and get off at Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

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