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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.

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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Scientific Program Planning Committee and PDA, we are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2022 PDA Visual Inspection Forum, to take place in Berlin, Germany on 26-27 April 2022!

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

We have been hard at work organizing another conference to keep you current with advances in inspection technology and the ever-changing regulatory landscape. We are also excited to return to a live, in-person meeting format.

Visual inspection, and especially the detection of particles, remains at the center of many discussions regarding product manufacturing control, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. We continue to see product recalls related to visual defects. Inspection methods and technology also continue to advance. The application of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL) to automated inspection is an exciting area of recent investigation. These are just a few of the many topics featured at this year’s forum.

Since 2000, we have organized the Visual Inspection Forum to discuss new technical and regulatory developments in this field. We are pleased to have experts to discuss new developments in the field of visual inspection, including a basic understanding of the inspection process, special requirements for difficult to inspect products, practical aspects of manual and automated methods, and the regulatory and compendial requirements like those found in the update of Annex 1 or USP <1790> and the new FDA Guidance.

The forum program is intended to initiate and support discussion and professional exchange through the diversity of scientific presentations, training courses, and networking events.

We look forward to you joining us in Berlin!

The Chairs

John Shabushnig, 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, Körber Pharma Inspection
  • 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


    Welcome and Introduction

    • Falk Klar, PDA Europe
    • John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    • Romain Veillon, GSK

    09:25 – 12:10 | Opening Plenary: Updates from the Regulatory Landscape
    Moderator: Romain Veillon, GSK, Co-Moderator: Linda Wildling, Takeda

    09:25 | Particulates and related Updates in the European Pharmacopeia (Ph.Eur.)
    Erika Stippler, EDQM &  Hanns-Christian Mahler, Ten23 Health

    09:50 | Inspectors View on Visual Inspection
    Daniel Müller, Local Inspectorate Tübingen

    10:20 - 11:10
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    10:50 | USP Particle Chapters: A summary of Recent Changes and their Implications
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting

    11:15 | Aspects of Visible Particulates Testing and Control
    Rukman De Silva, U.S. FDA

    11:40 | Q&A, Discussion

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

    13:10 – 14:20 | Session 1: Particle Characterization and Safety Impact Evaluation  
    Moderator: Markus Lankers, MIBIC, Co-Moderator: Hanns-Christian Mahler, Ten23 Health 

    13:10 | Clinical Considerations: Assessing the Safety Implications of Extrinsic Particles
    John Ayres, Pharma Safety Solutions

    13:35 | Controlling Particulate Contamination at the Source by use of CCS
    Subrata Chakraborty, GxPFONT Consulting Group

    14:00 | Q&A, Discussion

    14:20 - 14:40
    Exhibition & Poster Break

    14:40 – 18:00 | Session 2: Artificial Intelligence: from MVI to AVI and into the Future 
    Moderator: Florian Krickl, Vitronic, Co-Moderator: Djonny Rigot, Syntegon

    14:40 | Human-like inspection Robot
    Romain Veillon, GSK

    15:05 | Artificial Intelligence Applied in the Human-Like Automated Vision Inspection
    Veronica Ghidotti, Stevanato Group

    15:25 | Incorporating Deep Learning into Existing Vision Configurations for Cosmetic Defects of Lyophilized Product
    Amy Gobel, Johnson & Johnson & Felix Riehn, Körber Pharma Inspection

    15:50 - 16:20
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    16:20 | Interactive Questionnaire: Where is the Industry Now and Where are We Headed: A Status Update

    16:30 | Practical Applications, Challenges, and Solutions When Using Deep Learning and Big Data for Automated Visual Inspection
    Joseph Straub, MSD

    16:55 | Integrating Multimodal Sensing and AI for Automated Inspection of Parenteral Products
    Denise TellmannMassachusetts Institute of Technology

    17:20 | Q&A, 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


    Welcome to Day 2

    • John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    • Romain Veillon, GSK

    09:05 – 12:15 | Session 3: Difficult to Inspect Products
    Moderator: Andrea Sardella, Stevanato Group, Co-Moderator: Herve Soukiassian, BD

    09:05 | Visual Inspection of High Viscosity Syringe Containers
    Al Goodwin, Amgen & Jan Sende, Syntegon

    09:30 | Automatic Vision Inspection of Cell Therapy Products: Challenges, Opportunities, Mechanical Approaches and Technologies
    Massimo Frasson, Brevetti & Stefano Baila, ANEMOCYTE S.R.L

    09:55 | AVI of Difficult to Inspect Blow Fill Seal Container Blocks
    Heino Prinz, Rommelag

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

    10:50 | Challenges During Automatic Inspection of Lyophilized Products: Case Study on Collapsed Cake and Unusual Cake Appearance
    Corey Bishop, Amgen Technology Ireland & Massimo Frasson, Brevetti

    11:20 | Interactive Questionnaire: Addressing Challenges in the Visual Inspection Process Regarding Evolving Medicines

    11:30 | Q&A, Discussion

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

    13:15 – 16:30 |Closing Plenary: Improving the Visual Inspection Life Cycle
    Moderator: John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting, Co-Moderator: Djonny Rigot, Syntegon

    13:15 | Updates on Recent PDA Activities 
    Speaker invited

    13:30 | Practical Implications of the revised Annex 1
    Bram Keymolen, eyetec

    13:50 | Lessons from Visual Inspection
    Robert Miller, Pfizer Inc.

    14:15 | How to Establish a Holistic, Company-Wide Visual Inspection & Particle Life-Cycle Management Program
    Linda Wildling, Takeda

    14:35 - 15:05
    Coffee Break, Poster Session & Exhibition

    15:05 | Enabling Visual Inspection in Commercial Production during Product Development 
    Rupert Depner, Körber Pharma Inspection

    15:30 | Closing Panel Discussion with Panelists

    16:05 | Conference Summary by the Chairs
    John Shabushnig, Insight Pharma Consulting
    Romain Veillon, GSK

    16:20 | Closing Remarks & Farewell
    Falk Klar, PDA Europe

    16:30 | End of Conference

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

Highlighted Speakers

John D. Ayres
John D. Ayres
Pharma Safety Solutions, LLC
Rukman S.  De Silva
Rukman S. De Silva
Hanns-Christian Mahler
Hanns-Christian Mahler
ten23 Health
Daniel Mueller
Daniel Mueller
German GMP Inspectorate
John G. Shabushnig
John G. Shabushnig
Insight Pharma Consulting, LLC
Erika Stippler
Erika Stippler
Romain Veillon
Romain Veillon
GSK Vaccines
Linda Wildling
Linda Wildling
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

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    Pharma Companies
    • Biopharmaceutical Companies
    • Start-ups/Emerging Companies
    • Raw Materials
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    Governmental Health Authorities
    • National/Local Authorities
    • European Authorities
    • International Authorities
    Service Providers
    • CDMOs
    • Contract Test Laboratories
    • Logistic Companies
    • Freelancer
    • Consulting Firms
    • Universities
    • Academic Research Institutes

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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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