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EDQM held a symposium on microbiology to gather industry feedback on alternative testing methods for microbiological control and sterilization processes.
On October 10–11, 2017, the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM) held a symposium to discuss trends and innovation in microbiology. Pharmacopeial approaches and regulatory requirements were addressed. Participants of the symposium agreed that current pharmacopeial standards worldwide sufficiently covered alternative methods to detect, enumerate, and identify microorganisms.
Topics discussed at the symposium included modern methods for microbiological control, sterilization, biological indicators, rapid microbiological methods, and control methods for cell therapy products and pharmaceutical water. Acceptance of new technologies was also discussed.