Foreign Particulate Analysis Training Course


“Pharmaceutical Foreign Particulate: Examination, Isolation & Analysis”

Date: TBD
Location: PDA Training & Research Institute, Bethesda, MD
Register: here

Foreign Particle from IV Bag
Foreign Particle from IV Bag

This course provides a framework for the analytical approach used in foreign particulate analysis. It also aims to help students understand what foreign particulate is and why it is important to identify the composition and potential sources. The three primary analytical techniques that will be covered are polarized light microscopy, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometry. For particle preparation, the course will delve into how to properly examine samples, document details, and efficiently isolate materials without introducing extraneous contaminants. Students will get hands-on training in sample preparations for the three techniques and with the instruments themselves.

After the course, students will have developed particle isolation skills and an understanding of the methods used in identifying particulate material.

Who Should Attend: Analysts and laboratory managers who are involved with the analysis of pharmaceutical samples. A basic knowledge of microscopy is helpful, but not required.

Class Size: Limited to 10 students to allow considerable hands-on microscopy experience with the methods.

Key Topics:
Methods of Examination and Preparation
Isolation of Particulate Material by Filtration
Hands-on Sample Preparation
Methods of Analysis
Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM)
Hands-on PLM
Infrared Spectroscopy
Hands-on Micro-FTIR
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Hands-on SEM-EDS
Course Instructors:
Mary Miller
Jose Del Rio

Call Mary Miller at 770.662.8509

Links to Other Training:

MICA (PLM Training)
The Environmental Institute (Health & Safety Training)