Monday, 22 October 2018

Importance of Microbial Contamination Control


Tim Sandle has written an editorial of the special edition of the Journal of GxP Compliance, dedicated to pharmaceutical microbiology.

This special edition captures some of the current themes and issues relating to pharmaceutical microbiology and contamination control, and many of the points required to develop a control strategy.

The importance of microbiological control in relation to the manufacture of pharmaceutical and healthcare products is the theme of this special compilation for IVT Network. The articles selected highlight the twin themes of maintaining control through the assessment of risk and the use of sound, scientific methods to assess risk. This latter area includes the use of rapid and alternative methods.


While microbiology plays a role in drug development, through the application of biotechnology (including the development of anti-infective agents and with the manufacture of pharmaceutical products), a considerable part of the role of the pharmaceutical microbiologist is with protecting pharmaceutical and healthcare products from spoilage by microorganisms and thus protecting patients and consumers. With both sterile and non-sterile products, the effects can range from discoloration to the potential for fatality.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2018) Editorial: Importance of Microbial Contamination Control, SPECIAL EDITION: Essential Microbiology for GXP Compliance: 3-6 - http://www.ivtnetwork.com/article/essential-microbiology-gxp-compliance 

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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