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Relationship Between an EM Excursion Program and CAPA

The FDA’s regulations on cleanroom environmental monitoring (EM) are based on the assumption that any person who enters a cleanroom is likely and almost certain to have brought contaminants in one or another form with him. The FDA’s regulations on cleanroom environmental monitoring are built on the thinking that microorganisms can assail even the cleanest of systems, which is why its regulations on cleanroom environmental monitoring are stringent and scientific. The FDA proceeds on the thinking that nil contamination of not only cleanrooms, but all locations involved in aseptic processing is not possible.

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Based on this thinking, the FDA has formulated its guidelines on cleanroom EM taking into consideration the limitations of obtaining completely microorganism-free environment for cleanrooms. It seeks to bring about a consistent EM system that meets high environmental quality requirements all the time, being able to detect changes and deviations in this consistency level and bring the level to control limits.

Regulations that cover all areas of cleanroom environmental monitoring

Keeping this in mind, the FDA has formulated regulations that cover all aspects of cleanroom environmental monitoring, starting from the buildings and facilities, right up to the qualification and training required for personnel manning these cleanroom facilities to what should go into closures to validation of the aseptic processing and sterilization techniques. These cGMP regulations are found in 21 CFR Parts 210 and 211.

All the disciplines of cleanroom monitoring, such as quality, manufacturing, engineering, quality, environmental monitoring, sterilization and cleaning and many others need to be taken into full consideration while building an FDA-compliant monitoring program. These should be included all along, into all these phases:

  • Planning phase
  • Design phase
  • Construction phase
  • Commissioning phase
  • Qualification phase
  • Submission phase
  • Operational phase

A complete understanding of the FDA’s regulations

The ways of understanding and implementing the FDA’s regulations for environmental monitoring program will be the topic of a webinar that is being organized by Compliance4All, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance.

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The speaker at this webinar is Joy McElroy, who in over the 20 years of total experience she has had in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries has gained extensive knowledge of Quality Assurance, Process and Cleaning Validation, and Equipment Qualification. She has written and executed Equipment Qualification and Validation Protocols for numerous companies.

Want to learn the ways of understanding FDA regulations for environmental monitoring? Then, please register for this webinar by visiting

Ways of ensuring compliance

Joy will highlight the importance of compliance with the FDA regulations on environmental monitoring, as the costs of noncompliance are much more exorbitant than those of compliance. Participants who take part in this training will be able to get a proper grasp of how to implement a cleanroom Environmental Monitoring (EM) program that complies with the FDA’s regulations.

She will describe the basis of the four phases of cleanroom transitional monitoring (Pre-qualification through post-qualification EM) and explain what each type stands for. In addition to describing what has to be the basic content of a well-designed, effective and compliant EM Program; Joy will also go on to help participants comprehend the relationship between an EM Excursion Program and CAPA.

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This training session is of high value to Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Microbiologist, Facilities, Chemist, Analysts, Manufacturing, Validation, Engineering, Sterility Assurance, Compliance, Testing Technicians, Environmental Testing Personnel, Raw Materials Manufacturers, Clinical, Research and Development, and Laboratories.

Joy will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Applicable Regulations – Where does the EM Program fit in the Regulation? – Role of Clean room Environmental Monitoring Program?
  • Basics of Setting a Robust and Effective EM Program – Key Considerations – Relevant Material Verification Processes – Steps and Content of an EM Program Testing Procedure
  • Processing a Completed Environmental Monitoring Test Media – Sample Handling and Incubation – Documentation and Data Management of EM Test Results – What is the EM Test Data used for? – Retention of EM Test Results – Interpretation of EM Test Results
  • Basics of Designing an Effective and Compliant EM Trend Reports – Types; Content – Using Trend Report as a Critical Tool and Quality Metrics
  • Basics of Designing an Effective and Compliant EM Excursion Program – Types; Content – Handling EM Excursion Investigation – Handling Impacted Manufactured Batches – Disposition of Affected Products with Failed Clean room EM Test Results
  • Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA) – Relationship between CAPA and EM Test Data Excursion Investigations Question and Answer Session.

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