Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Cleanroom Microbiology Book - PDA Distinguished Author Award

The book 'Cleanroom Microbiology' by Tim Sandle and R. Vijayakumar has won the PDA Distinguished Author Award 2016, as selected by PDA members.

The book is about cleanrooms and controlled environments in relation to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. The book is applicable to both the sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical sectors and its focus is upon cleanroom microbiology.

Modern approaches to contamination control place a greater emphasis upon environmental control than they do on upon monitoring. This requires an understand of risk assessment; hence risk management and contamination control strategies feature strongly in the text.

The book fills a much needed gap in the microbiology and contamination control spheres. While there are books on cleanrooms available, these focus almost entirely on the physical and rarely address microbiological risks. Similarly, there are various books on microbiology (even a few about pharmaceutical microbiology), yet these books rarely mention cleanrooms, or, where they do, give controlled environments limited coverage.

To the authors of Cleanroom Microbiology, these two domains, normally separated by different functions, are inseparable. This book is about cleanrooms and controlled environments in relation to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors and is applicable to both the sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical sectors with its focus on cleanroom microbiology.

The book contains 16 chapters which cover a range of key topics. These include cleanroom standards, environmental monitoring, cleaning and disinfection, staff behaviours, understanding the microbiome of human skin, culture media, microbial identification and more.

The book has been published by PDA / DHI and details can be found here.