Following the last blog, which discussed the regulations and guidelines surrounding advances in sterility assurance, we move on to discuss the technological progress that has made advances in sterility assurance possible.
The technological advances can be segregated into these categories:
- Sterilization and Disinfection – This is a critical process that has been revamped with the use of new technologies such as vaporized hydrogen peroxide, gamma, x-ray, and electron beam irradiation.
- Automation and Robotics – Automation is becoming more prevalent as the advantages are incredible. These advantages include efficiency, increased employee safety, reducing training overhead, eliminating human error, and increasing repeatability. Robotics play a large part in automating many of the aforementioned processes.
- Single Use Technology – This technology eliminates the cleaning and sterilization process allowing for rapid turnover from one product to another or from one bath to another batch. Singe Use systems also decrease overall operating costs by minimizing or reducing CIP/SIP.
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