European Aseptic Conference


Reasons to attend this conference:

  • You will be informed on new regulatory and technological developments in aseptic / sterile manufacturing
  • You learn how current GMP and production requirements have to be implemented technologically in sterile manufacture
  • You will get case studies from pharmaceutical companies


The revised EU GMP Guideline Annex 1 was published in August 2022 after extensive discussion and came into force mainly in August 2023. Among other things, the consequences of this revised Annex 1 will be presented and discussed with inspectors and industry representatives. The discussion on Annex 1 will be complemented by case studies from pharmaceutical companies on new technological developments in the pharmaceutical production environment.

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Target Audience

The event is directed at specialists and managers from the pharmaceutical industry as well as at engineers and planners who have to deal with European Annex 1 and current aseptic technologies in clean areas in their daily practice.



Frank Studt, gempex

Detailed Programme

Tuesday, 19 March 2024

Compliance in Aseptic Production from a QP-Perspective
Dr Rita Jacobs-Haage, Vetter Pharma-Fertigung

  • Definition Compliance
  • GMP-Compliance
  • Confirmation of GMP Compliance as a Qualified Person
  • Confirmation of GMP Compliance as a CMO / delineation of responsibilities – Quality Agreements

Live Demos

Annex 1’s “Specific Risks Associated with Single-Use Systems”

Point-of-use leak testing of single-use systems

Industry asks - Annex 1 unfortunately does not answer! - What to do?
Dr Ingrid Walther, Pharma Consulting Walther

  • From 16 to 59 pages - is everything equivalently clearer?
  • The role of Quality Risk Management: Is there room for interpretation?
  • The key to understand the guideline is to read it word by word?

Aseptic Production in the Light of the new Annex 1
Dr Frank Sielaff, Hessian State Office of Health and Care, Germany

  • (New) requirements of Annex 1
  • Dealing with the new requirements
  • First inspection experiences

Advancing Aseptic Manufacturing: Insights and Best Practices from a Chief Quality Assurance Officer
Dr Hiva Hossein Tehrani, CinnaGen

  • Pre-Use Post-Sterilization Integrity Testing (PUPSIT
  • Upgrading filling machines to Restricted Access Barrier Systems (RABS)
  • Development of a comprehensive contamination control strategy
  • Aseptic Process Simulation (APS)

Small Volume sterile Manufacturing– Challenges derived from new GMP Annex 1
Marta Rodríguez-Vélez, Letipharma

  • Facing the implementation of new GMP Annex 1 in a small volume multiproduct manufacturing site
  • Contamination Control Strategy
  • Manufacturing technologies (RABS, SUS, automation) in small volume production
  • Filtering and PUPSIT in small volume manufacturing

Wednesday, 20 March 2024

Single-Use Design for Small-Volume Filling
Julia Mathy, Roche Diagnostics

  • Challenge: small-volume filling with small batch sizes and small amount of vials/syringes -> every drop matters; especially for more patient-centralized medicine
  • Presentation of possible SUA designs allowing ventilation, blow-down, water flush, etc. to minimize product loss at the start and during the batch
  • Full process chain (compounding to filling) will be evaluated, e.g. right DS amount, best filter size, etc.
  • Output of the presentation: Ideas on what can be considered if product loss in a single-use chain shall be minimized without impacting the processability of the product

Container Closure Integrity Testing (CCIT) and Biologics – Some Case Studies
Dr Constantin Hozsa, Siegfried

  • Role of container closure integrity in pharmaceutical industry
  • Definition of CCI
  • CCI as a concept
  • Choosing a CCIT method for your (biologics) drug product
  • Product specific considerations, hurdles and pitfalls

Particle Life Cycle Concept
Dr Philip Hörsch, Vetter Pharma-Fertigung

  • How to implement
  • What are the prerequisites
  • What does it tell about the product
  • What can we learn about the visual inspection process and operator qualification

Implementation and Execution of an active microbial Air Monitoring System into a sterile, radiopharmaceutical Environment
Stefanie Ziesche, ABX advanced biochemical compounds
Dr Emad Albarouki, Particle Measuring System

  • Process technical integration of active microbial air monitoring
    • Communication, control and installation
    • Sterilization cycles
  • The use of single use impactor heads for active microbial air monitoring in a sterile environment
  • Advantages compared to sampling with classical agar plates and stainless steel impactors or aspects of cleaning, sampling time, safety, false positives and ease of use
  • Validation of sampling time with single use impactors and measurement point positioning
  • Calibration and maintenance of the system in accordance with current regulations

Case Study: Critical Process Parameters for filling of Sterile Products with BFS Technology
Dr Martin Haerer, Rommelag CMO

  • Defining of critical quality attributes for the product
  • Correlation of Quality attributes with process parameters to guarantee sterility of the product
  • Results of a case study with a small volume parenteral container filled with BFS Technology

GMP compliant Environmental Monitoring
Dr Anne-Grit Klees, Merck