Sterilisation Critical Control Points

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Why are Sterilisation steps often defined as Critical Control Points and what does this mean?

Sterilisation Principles in Practice® has been designed to provide the most comprehensive overview of moist heat and dry heat sterilisation science and is ideal for delegates who are new to the industry as well those experienced people who are looking for a refresher. Our courses have been adapted for the virtual learning environment and continue to receive excellent feedback.

After attendance of the Sterilisation Principles in Practice course delegates will be able to confidently answer this question through an understanding of the regulations and application of fundamental scientific principles of moist heat and dry heat sterilisation.

Regulations and Standards

  • Understand the Regulations and Guidelines for Sterilisation processes
  • Understand the requirements of EN285 tests and acceptance criteria
  • Understand the requirements for biological indicators and how to demonstrate an SAL
  • Understand the Overkill approach and BI/ Bioburden approach

Sterilisation Technology

  • How is sterilisation achieved in practice?
  • Cycle design principles of Porous and Fluid load cycles
  • Design principles for Dry heat and Depyrogenation processes
  • How to select the most appropriate steriliser for the application

Application of Risk Assessment

  • Understand why sterilisation steps are critical control points within a contamination control strategy
  • Practical examples of the application of risk assessment to control the process

Qualification & Validation

  • Practical examples of how to put the Principles in Practice
  • Cycle Development and PQ strategies
  • Methods to define worst case challenges

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More detailed information and explanation regarding sterilisation, including a comprehensive introduction to moist heat and dry heat sterilisation processes from theoretical foundation through to the practical aspects of validation and biological indicators, are included in the following Honeyman training course;

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QA Manager, Victoria Pharmaceuticals

"The best presented course I have attended!"

Senior QA Officer, Roslin CT

"Informative, educational, enthusiastically delivered on-site. This will be a regular event for our department"

Microbiology Manager, Portsmouth Hospital

"The course really helped to put things into perspective with a very good balance of theory, practical and workshop."

Operations Lead, Pfizer

Training prospectus 2024

We have produced an overview of the course information available online, available here in a handy PDF Prospectus.


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