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The basic regulatory requirement is to provide pharmaceutical products of highest quality to the patients. A cleaning problem can have various consequences to health, economics, environment and regulatory approvals. Absence of good cleaning, leads to contaminated drugs, which pose risks for patients as well as manufacturing personnel.

Regulatory risk includes possible removal of authorization. Economical risk involves production delays and stock shortages or losses but also manifest as public relations problems for a company.

There are four main cleaning processes used in regulated environments.  These include:

  • Cleaning-in Place (CIP)
  • Cleaning-out-of-place (COP)
  • Manual Cleaning
  • Immersion Cleaning

So whats the difference between all of these cleaning techniques?

Cleaning In Place (CIP)

Cleaning in place can be described as the cleaning of equipment and vessels at the same place without movement of them to a different place. The cleaning agents can be transferred to the vessel or equipment types either thorough fixed piping or flexible hoses.

The CIP process can consist of the following elements:

  • Supply pump
  • Return pump
  • Heat exchanger with Black/Plant steam supply
  • Chemical tanks i.e Acid, Alkali tanks
  • Supply Pressure gauge or transmitter
  • Supply temperature sensors
  • Conductivity meter with sensor

Cleaning Out of Place (COP)

Cleaning Out of Place is defined as a method of cleaning equipment items by removing them from their operational area and taking them to a designated cleaning station for cleaning. It requires dismantling an apparatus, washing it in a central washing area using an automated system, and checking it at reassembly.

Manual Cleaning

Manual cleaning is the universal practise among the pharma and biopharma industries. The design, configuration and construction of equipment or the whole equipment which necessities the manual cleaning for the piece of equipment. The efficiency of the manual cleaning accomplished by training the cleaning operators, ensuring exact method of cleaning in the manual cleaning SOP, validating the method from different operators and verifying the procedure with interval of time.

The manual cleaning is dependent on,

  • Concentration of detergent used
  • Temperature of washing liquid

Immersion Cleaning

This is the type of cleaning in which the parts to be cleaned are placed in the cleaning solutions to come in contact with the entire surface of the parts.

Immersion cleaning is preferred for parts that must be placed in baskets and for processes requiring a long soaking time because of the type of contamination to be removed or the shape of the parts to be cleaned.
It is the most effective method, even if not the fastest one, and can be used with any type of cleaner for any process, heated or at room temperature. Immersion washers can be portable or stationary; single or multi-compartment; and are available with a variety of options, controls and valve configurations including CIP capability.

The important aspects during design of immersion washer should be

  • To minimize cycle time
  • Lower chemical usage
  • Reduce water and utility costs

Performance for immersion cleaning can be improved by moving the parts within the liquid or with agitation of the liquid, mechanically or with the addition of ultrasonic energy.

Cleaning Validation Forum

If you would like to learn more about CIP or COP please read the following threads:

Cleaning Validation Help

If you would like help with a cleaning validation project please contact Premier Validation.

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  • mahesh.an

    it was fine ,i would like to know more abourt validated chemicals using for cleaninga and their hazourd.

  • mahesh.an

    it was fine ,i would like to know more abourt validated chemicals using for cleaninga and their hazourd.

  • govind

    what are the guidelines required for API manufacturing facility except ICH, GMP, Schedule M

  • govind

    what are the guidelines required for API manufacturing facility except ICH, GMP, Schedule M

  • arashzmani

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  • arashzmani

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  • G Sudhakara Reddy

    Dear Sir,
    PLease give me a clarity on the Cleaning validation topic.

    In cleaning validation for each equipment cleaning result (Rinse/Swab) will receive upon cleaning sample analysis, for suppose the train of equipments are 10 and the Total cleaning sample result of all 10 equipments are 80 ppm (The sum of all equipment cleaning result). Is it meeting the APIC guideline requirement? Please brief me.
    Thanks in advance…….
    Sincerly

  • j.w.

    does a clean hold time need to be defined for COP items in vaccine mfg?

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Training of personnel on deviation reporting and deviation handling is essential to a successful implementation of deviation management. All personnel must have a clear understanding of the deviation concept on all level of operation.

From a cleaning employee to a top level manager, everyone in the organization must apply deviation management procedure or instructions.

In order to do that, it must be mandated that all employee will attend at least once per year training on how to identify and report deviations.

 

The Three Levels

It is important to keep record of all the training’s performed in order to demonstrate to auditors that all personnel in the organization are competent and can report, handle, and/or manage deviations in a swift and accurate manner.

There are three levels of training on deviation management:

  1. Level 1: Identifying deviations and reporting them
  2. Level 2: Deviation Handling and Investigating
  3. Level 3: Deviation’s Corrective and Preventive Action

Level 1: Identifying Deviations and Reporting Them

  • This level of training should be mandated for all employees.
  • In this level, the trainee must learn how to notice and identify a course of actions or results which might indicate that something deviated from the standard and approved procedures in the quality management system.
  • This particular skill is crucial to the deviation reporting.
  • The trainer must spend considerable time developing attention to details in trainees. This particular competency forms the basis on which the trainer will build the trainees knowledge of deviation management.
  • The second obstacle to overcome is to make the employees understand that deviation reporting isn’t the equivalent of mistakes reporting.
  • In my experience, at first, many employees will see deviations as a way for the top management to record their mistakes for performance evaluation and bonus estimation.
  • The trainer must explain that it is the opposite of that concept, deviation reporting is your chance to express your interest in preserving the quality of the product or the service you provide in your organization.
  • It asserts your loyalty to the a quality based product and/or service and your devotion to the company’s standards.
  • Level 2: Deviation Handling and Investigating

    • This level of training is exclusive for management staff, including both lower and upper management.
    • In this level of training, the trainer must focus on investigational techniques and root cause analysis.
    • The basis of the training is risk analysis. The trainer must be an expert in risk identification, assessment, evaluation, reduction, and communication.
    • Other essential techniques include listening skills, communication, team work, and meeting management. These skills must be honed by the trainees during the training and during normal working hours.
    • The trainer must emphasis that this level of training is a mere introduction into deviation handling and that practice makes perfect. The reason is no one can develop all the skills necessary for investigating and solving complex deviations in one training module. The experience of the person practicing those tasks is the ammunition that would help him or her succeed at his or her job.

    Level 3: Deviation’s Corrective and Preventive Action

    • This level of training is exclusive to quality assurance personnel and upper management (including other department’s managers).
    • The aim of this training is to develop the ability of trainees to find the most efficient and effective actions to correct and prevent the deviation from reoccurring.
    • As we mentioned in 3.1.8. there are several points to consider when taking corrective and preventive actions. These points must be included in the training.
    • The trainer can be someone with experience with the applied procedure for corrective and preventive action in the organization and it would be better if he or she is experienced in risk management as mentioned in level 2 training.
    • If the training is being conducted for the first or second time, the trainer must emphasis to upper management that the trainee will need time to develop the experience necessary for them to create systematic actions with little to no side effects.
    • This training must conclude that the personnel required to decide the corrective and preventive actions must convene periodically in order to discuss the effectiveness of their actions and see what they can improve in their decision approach.

    Optional Training Sessions

    There are several competencies which are essential to successful deviation management, time management is one, communication management is also an essential feature which is greatly needed for the continuous and effective follow-up of deviations throughout the organization.

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