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View our on-demand webinars to learn new technologies, trends, tips and troubleshooting advice on current topics like bioburden and sterility testing, environmental monitoring, and more.

Choose Your Membrane Wisely: Selecting the Best Filter for Your Bioburden Application

Mar. | 2017
  • Presenters:
    • Tommaso Ronconi, Global Product Manager, In-Process Testing, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Moderator: Sarah Thomas, Editorial Team, SelectScience
  • Abstract
    You would be surprised by how much a liquid sample can tell you about its microbiological content! Over the years, membrane filtration has become a standard for microbial enumeration of colonies in the pharmaceutical and beverage industries.

    It is time to unveil some of its secrets. How are membranes made? Which one should I select for my application? One membrane looks just like another, but what about performance? We decided to investigate these products to help make the invisible visible, and evaluate the latest bioburden testing products from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, against a variety of other membranes and sterile funnels.

    Key Learning Objectives:
    • Introduction to membrane manufacturing
    • Choosing the appropriate filter for all laboratory applications
    • Dealing with hard to filter matrices and antibiotics
    • Evaluating filter performance: comparison study example
    Who Should Attend:

    QA/QC technicians, managers and scientists, students, and anyone interested in microbiology who is, or could be, working in a laboratory.


Revised ISO Food Microbiology Standards for Detection of Listeria, Enterobacteriaceae and Cronobacter

Feb. | 2017
  • Presenters:
    • Barbara Gerten, Senior Scientist Traditional Microbiology, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Dr. Andreas Bubert, Senior Product Manager Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Abstract
    How can you stay ISO certified in the current environment of an ever-increasing, but necessary regulation? The ISO food microbiology standards are changing for ISO 11290, ISO 21528, and ISO 22964. All food products and ingredients intended for human consumption and the feeding of animals are implicated, along with environmental samples in food production and handling areas. Our food microbiology expert, member of the German ISO delegation, will guide you through the most recent changes for handling the testing of Listeria (ISO 11290), Enterobacteriaceae (ISO 21528), and Cronobacter (ISO 22964) to help you remain compliant.


Innovations in Pumped Air Sampling

Jan. | 2017
  • Presenters:
    • Gary Oishi, R&D Chemist,Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Abstract
    Air volume sampled is currently determined by calibrating the desired flow rate across the sampling media. The calibrated flow rate and time are used to establish total sampled air volume. Mathematically, the larger the total sample volume, the lesser of an impact that an error in the actual volume would have on a result. Most importantly, we want to know with confidence that a measured value will allows us to make a decision based on the most accurate and reliable data available. A new innovation in pumped air sampling that incorporates a patented mass air flow meter in a personal sampling pump will bring us closer to what is needed. This combination can provide an accurate real air volume sampled by continuously measuring flow rate over the entire sampling period.


Cleanroom and Isolator Instrumentation: Best Practices

Dec. | 2016
  • Presenters:
    • Carine Muckensturm, Global Product Manager, BioMonitoring Services, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Tony Ancrum, Associate Director, Environmental Monitoring, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Abstract
    Choosing and implementing your environmental monitoring instruments is critical for a safe production and continued compliance. Ensure optimum performance from your microbial environmental monitoring in aseptic manufacturing processes in cleanrooms and isolators. Merck can support the quick implementation of specifically designed and validated products along with the reliable tests to be fully compliant with current regulations. We provide a high level of expertise and good practices on both applications and equipment used within quality control laboratories. We have gained the regulatory and technological know-how to offer you a comprehensive range of best-in-class equipment and professional services.


Environmental Monitoring in Isolators and RABS

Sept. | 2016
  • Presenters:
    • Anne-Grit Klees, Biomonitoring Marketing and Product Management, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Tony Ancrum, Associate Director, Global Product Manager Environmental Monitoring, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Abstract
    We will introduce you to the microbial environmental monitoring in production isolators. You will learn how to be compliant and ease your workflow.

    Microbial environmental monitoring in aseptic manufacturing processes in isolators and RAB systems needs specifically designed and validated products. Air samplers and products, such as the MAS-100 Iso NT®, MAS-100 Iso MH® and IsoBag™ are designed for this purpose. These microbial air samplers are able to communicate with your isolator and are validated according to ISO 14698 in combiation with ICR culture media. ICR culture media is now available in IsoBag™ which allows the use of plates without any need for decontamination in order to increase productivity and save space in your isolator.


Streamline Your Rapid Microbiological Method Validation

May | 2016
  • Presenters:
    • Dr. Edwin van den Heuvel, Professor of Statistics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
    • Dr. Marcel Goverde, Managing Director, MGP Consulting, Switzerland
  • Abstract
    It is well known that implementation of Rapid Microbiological Methods in Pharma environments is accompanied by a large validation workload to ensure that the methods provide reliable results and will be compliant to regulations. BUT what is the minimum you have to provide to convince yourself, your stakeholders and the authorities? How can you facilitate the validation process? Which statistical methods are best suited to the analysis of the results? In a question and answer format Edwin van den Heuvel and Marcel Goverde will provide their view on commonly asked questions including recommendations for the validation approach and customer examples. The first part of the semi-live seminar will address general validation questions while the second part will focus on statistics. Finally, participants can address their questions to the speakers in the Q&A session.


ISO 17025 Accreditation and ISO 11133:2014 - Quality Increase in Water and Food Microbiology Testing

April | 2016
  • Presenters:
    • Dr. Steffen Schneider, Head of Microbiology Laboratories, Hessenwasser GmbH & Co KG, Germany
    • Dr. Andreas Bubert, Senior Global Product Manager Culture Media Food & Beverage, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
    • Barbara Gerten, Application Training Scientist, Merck KgaA, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Abstract
    How does ISO 17025 accreditation for quality control according to ISO 11133 standard lead to a quality increase in water and food microbiology testing? ISO 17025 accreditation specifies the quality management and technical requirements laboratories must meet to demonstrate technical competency and compliance with regulatory standards. The new EN ISO 11133:2014 describes the preparation, production and performance testing of culture media and applies for food, feed and water analysis. ISO 11133 is now mandatory for all accredited microbiology labs. This webinar explains the responsibilities of labs and media suppliers and the benefits of being ISO 17025 accredited for performance testing according ISO 11133.


Overcoming Your Rapid Microbial Method Validation Challenges

Dec. | 2015
  • Presenters: Dr. Marcel Goverde, Managing Director, MGP CONSULTING, Consulting, Training and Project Management in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Anke Hossfeld, Global Product Manager In-Process Testing- BioMonitoring, Life Science / Lab Solutions, Merck
  • Abstract
    This webinar will compare the updated current guidance documents: USP chapter <1223>, PDA Technical Report No. 33 and Ph. Eur. chapter 5.1.6, and will present examples of RMMs, focusing on potential applications and their pros and cons. For the validation of alternative microbiological methods there are three guidance documents which have been updated: USP chapter <1223>, PDA Technical Report No. 33 and Ph. Eur. chapter 5.1.6. All three revisions bring new structure and requirements for the validation of microbial methods. This webinar will address the revision of Ph. Eur. 5.1.6 and make a comparison of the different documents. In the second part of the webinar some currently used alternative methods will be presented, focusing on where they can be used and what are their pros and cons. Finally, a customer example of a validation approach for the Milliflex® Quantum used for quantitative bioburden testing will be presented.


Salmonella Detection in the Food Chain: Revised EN ISO 6579-1 Promises Greater Flexibility for Testing Labs

Nov. | 2015
  • Presenters: Barbara Gerten, Application Training Scientist, Merck and Dr. Andreas Bubert, Senior Product Manager Culture Media Food and Beverage, Merck
  • Abstract
    In early 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) plans to publish the EN ISO 6579-1 standard, which specifies a horizontal method for the detection of Salmonella spp. in the food production chain. Like the preceding version, EN ISO 6579:2002/Amd 1:2007, it will cover products intended for human consumption, animal feeding and environmental samples in food production and handling as well as milk and milk products (previously described in ISO 6785 I IDF 93) and samples from the primary food production stage. It will give greater flexibility for testing labs e.g. for the choice of some culture media and for the range of incubation temperature.


Disinfection Processes for Pharmaceuticals and Surface Sampling on Sanitized Surfaces

Oct. | 2015
  • Presenters: Tim Sandle, Ph.D., Head of Microbiology, Bio Products Laboratory and Anne Connors, Field Marketing Manager, Merck
  • Abstract
    This webinar will inform about the Disinfection management in pharmaceutical cleanrooms. You will learn about regulations related to cleaning and disinfection, the selection of detergents and disinfectants and how disinfectants can kill microorganisms. Furthermore, the webinar will inform about the rotation and qualification of disinfectants.

    In the second part of the webinar you will learn about the choice of culture media and suitable neutralizers for the sampling of sanitized surfaces.


Validation of an Agar Plate Active Microbial Air Sampler According to ISO 14698

Sept. | 2015
  • Presenters: Tim Sandle, Ph.D., Head of Microbiology, Bio Products Laboratory and Anne Connors, Field Marketing Manager, Merck
  • Abstract
    ISO 14698: Learn about general principles and methods of biocontamination control in cleanrooms according this ISO norm and about the validation of an agar plate active microbial air sampler.


Media Fill Tests – Vegetable Peptone Alternatives and Filterability

April | 2015
  • Presenter: Volker Lanz, Global Product Manager Core Products, BioMonitoring Business Field, Life Sciences, Merck
  • Abstract
    Soybean Casein Digest Medium (SCDM) or Tryptic Soy Broth (TSB) is the only medium for aerobic media fill which is mentioned with formulation in international Pharmacopeias. Yet, the risk of contaminations with Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies and the documentation effort involved have caused the use of media with alternative, vegetable peptones to become more and more popular in recent years. These Vegetable Peptone Broths require a validation to prove equivalence with standard TSB. A comprehensive comparison study provided by culture media manufacturers can help to reduce the effort for internal validation. An example of such a study will be discussed.

    One of the most frequent issues related to the use of dehydrated culture media for aseptic filling process simulations is filterability, especially challenging with Vegetable Peptone Broth. A recently conducted comparison study of the most relevant dehydrated media fill broths commercially available reveals considerable differences between both the media and the filter types commonly used for this application.


The Whole Blood Assay: Detection of Broad Spectrum of Pyrogens and Examples of Medical Device Testing

April | 2015
  • Presenter: Thomas Hartung, MD PhD, is Professor of Toxicology, Pharmacology, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, and University of Konstanz, Germany; he also is Director of their Centers for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
  • Abstract
    In this webinar you will learn:

    Pyrogens in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotherapeutics and cosmetics can cause fevers in humans and are potentially life-threatening. Yet standard pyrogen detection methods have drawbacks. The Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate (LAL) test only identifies endotoxins, while the rabbit pyrogen test (RPT) endangers animals. Fortunately, the MAT (Monocyte-Activation Tests) alternative covers a much broader range of pyrogens and is completely animal-free. In our insightful webinar you will get a closer look at the whole blood assay, non-endotoxin pyrogens detection, and pyrogen testing in medical devices.



What’s bugging you about bioburden and sterility testing?

Nov. | 2014
  • Presenter: Shari Spector, Field Marketing Manager, Merck
  • Abstract
    In this webinar you will learn:
    • How a deeper understanding of membrane filtration can help with method development for bioburden and sterility testing
    • How to optimize membrane filtration for different samples
    • Tips and tricks for membrane filtration method development


New EN ISO 11133: Quality Assured Culture Media for Food and Water Testing to Enhance Consumer Safety

Nov. | 2014
  • Presenter: Barbara Gerten, Application Training Scientist at Merck Millipore and a member of the ISO committee for microbiological standards regarding food and water testing.
  • Abstract
    International Organization for Standardization recently published the revised EN ISO 11133, which is now a full standard and as such mandatory for all accredited laboratories that perform microbiological testing of food, animal feed or water using culture media. It has been completely restructured, clarifying procedures and drawing a clear line between the responsibilities of the laboratories and the manufacturers of culture media regarding media preparation, production, storage and performance testing.


Essential Components for Implementation of a Robust Environmental Monitoring Program

Oct. | 2014
  • Presenters: Tim Sandle, Ph.D., Head of Microbiology, Bio Products Laboratory and Anne Connors, Regional Marketing Manager, Merck
  • Abstract
    This webinar pieced together the essential components and best practices for successful implementation of an environmental monitoring program.

    Key learning points for this webinar:

    • Understand the essentials of a robust risk based Environmental Monitoring program.
    • Learn about the importance of ISO 14698 when selecting air sampling instrumentation
    • Discover the value in using products designed to work together to ensure optimal recovery with results you can trust


Compounding Pharmacies and the Sterility Test

July | 2014
  • Presenter: Scott Sutton, Ph.D., Principal of Microbiology, Network, Inc
  • Abstract
    This webinar will be a focused review of sterility testing requirements as described in USP <797> and the parameters of the test as described in USP <71> with emphasis on the required number of units and volume per unit as well as the need for demonstration of method suitability.


Industry Trends in Aseptic Simulation

Aug. | 2013
  • Presenter: Scott Sutton, Ph.D., Principal of Microbiology, Network, Inc. and Anne Connors, Regional Marketing Manager, Merck
  • Abstract
    The media fill test is one critical component of the aseptic process simulation.

    This webinar will:
    • Define the criteria to be considered when validating and implementing a media fill test, as well as how to interpret and react to the results
    • Discuss considerations for fill and container, media types, as well as environmental monitoring sampling criteria
    • Explore NEW data on current practices and participate in a discussion on industry trends for media fill design criteria, and broad usage of guidances when looking to comply with regulatory expectations