ARTICLES BY TIM SANDLE

  • What’s All The Hype About mRNA Vaccinology?
    3/7/2022

    The COVID-19 mRNA-based vaccine success is spurring a further stream of medicines to come. This article provides an overview of mRNA for those who aren't already working in the field, how mRNA is being used in vaccines, and how mRNA can be used for future developments.

  • 3D Printing For Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices: A Primer With Risk Considerations
    1/28/2022

    Implementation of single-use technologies for pharma and medical device manufacturing has introduced advantages in terms of design, sterility assurance, and a reduction in energy usage. 3D printing can deliver precise measurements to production facilities. This article describes the 3D printing process, risk considerations, and limitations — but the future is bright.

  • Risk Factors To Consider When Selecting Medical Devices For Pharmaceutical Applications
    10/22/2021

    While risks can be reduced to a residual level, it is not possible to eliminate a risk entirely. Such risks are foremost about injury to the patient and to the user. Other associated risks may be to the environment or with any data collected. It is incumbent upon the purchaser or distributor to assess a new supplier of medical devices for the relative risk posed by these devices.

  • Prefilled Syringes: Best Practices For Using X-Ray Analysis To Assess Container Closure Integrity
    8/18/2021

    The process of assessing integrity of the filled syringe is generally more complex than the process of assessing glass vials due to the presence of more sealing areas. This article looks at the broad requirement, together with a recent innovation for integrity testing based on X-rays.

  • 10 Critical Validation Parameters For Microbiological Experiments
    7/26/2021

    In studying a microbiological method, different validation parameters require assessment. These are variables or factors that can be controlled, changed, or measured in the experiment. This article outlines the key parameters to consider.

  • What To Expect From A Remote Inspection -- & How To Navigate It
    7/23/2021

    Regulators have moved toward remote inspections since the pandemic began, and this is likely to continue. This article presents an overview of the remote inspection process and provides advice on how to prepare for and deal with the inspection on the day, as well as how to respond to any concerns raised following the audit.

  • Best Practices For Designing Microbiology Experiments
    6/23/2021

    A sound scientific approach can be taken for running experiments and qualification of microbiological methods. This article looks at factors to consider in drawing up assessment criteria for a microbiological test, including the limit of detection, specificity, and quantification. 

  • A LIMS Audit Framework: What To Audit & How To Prepare
    5/24/2021

    Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) are inevitably the subject of regulatory focus and audit. This article considers what to audit and how to audit a LIMS, presenting a framework useful to those planning to undertake a LIMS audit and for laboratory managers who need to prepare. 

  • Are You Approaching LIMS Validation Correctly?
    4/26/2021

    Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) are an established part of larger laboratories. However, different LIMS vary in their scale, functionality, and quality. This article considers the essential validation criteria for LIMS to ensure the system functions as a compliant component in the digital backbone of the modern laboratory.

  • Complying With Batch Release: Auditing Electronic Batch Records
    3/26/2021

    This article presents some advice for auditing electronic batch records to assess their current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) status. This is useful in the qualification stage and essential once the electronic record system is in operation. 

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Tim Sandle

Tim Sandle, Ph.D., is a pharmaceutical professional with wide experience in microbiology and quality assurance. He is the author of over 30 books relating to pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and life sciences, as well as over 170 peer-reviewed papers and some 500 technical articles. Sandle has presented at over 200 events and he currently works at Bio Products Laboratory Ltd. (BPL), and he is a visiting professor at the University of Manchester and University College London, as well as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. Visit his microbiology website at www.pharmamicroresources.com.