Dr Benoit Ramond, Head of Microbiology & Sterile Technology, Sanofi and Dr David Jones, Director at Rapid Micro Biosystems
Today Pharmaceutical industry remains conservative for microbiology testing methods and has reluctance to develop and to use Alternative and Rapid Microbiological Methods (RMM) supported by a number of misunderstandings and prejudgments based on the following myths:
- RMM are not accepted by regulation authorities,
- RMM will never replace classical microbial methods,
- RMM will not offer return on investment (ROI),
- Data generated from RMMs will exceed current specifications and limits involving increase in batch rejections.
Nevertheless a movement is in progress for the use of new technologies and systems because classical microbial methods, in spite of their long return of experiences and their confidence for the regulatory point of view, have a number of disadvantages such as:
- Time to results in days to weeks,
- Results vary with microbial population, media, culture conditions,
- Lack of reactivity in case of exceeding limit results,
- Sensitivity could be insufficient giving underestimations in the contamination risk,
- Existence of confluent growth.
This webinar provides an overview of the current situation about RMM technologies, regulatory expectations, it proposes some initiatives facilitating the implementation of RMM including a strategy for validation and it gives a projection for the perspectives of the RMMs for the future.