Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Essentials For Quality Assurance And Quality Control

Hardcover | October 7, 2015

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Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Essentials for Quality Assurance and Quality Control presents that latest information on protecting pharmaceutical and healthcare products from spoilage by microorganisms, and protecting patients and consumers. With both sterile and non-sterile products, the effects can range from discoloration to the potential for fatality.

The book provides an overview of the function of the pharmaceutical microbiologist and what they need to know, from regulatory filing and GMP, to laboratory design and management, and compendia tests and risk assessment tools and techniques. These key aspects are discussed through a series of dedicated chapters, with topics covering auditing, validation, data analysis, bioburden, toxins, microbial identification, culture media, and contamination control.



  • Contains the applications of pharmaceutical microbiology in sterile and non-sterile products
  • Presents the practical aspects of pharmaceutical microbiology testing
  • Provides contamination control risks and remediation strategies, along with rapid microbiological methods
  • Includes bioburden, endotoxin, and specific microbial risks
  • Highlights relevant case studies and risk assessment scenarios

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Pharmaceutical Microbiology: Essentials for Quality Assurance and Quality Control presents that latest information on protecting pharmaceutical and healthcare products from spoilage by microorganisms, and protecting patients and consumers. With both sterile and non-sterile products, the effects can range from discoloration to the poten...

Tim Sandle is Head of Microbiology at the Bio Products Laboratory, Elstree, UK and a visiting tutor with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manchester University, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 7, 2015Publisher:Woodhead PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0081000227

ISBN - 13:9780081000229

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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Chapter 2: Microbiology and Pharmaceuticals
  • Chapter 3: GMP, regulations and standards
  • Chapter 4: Laboratory management and design
  • Chapter 5: Microbiological culture media
  • Chapter 6: Basic microbiological laboratory techniques
  • Chapter 7: Bioburden testing
  • Chapter 8: Assessment of raw materials
  • Chapter 9: Microbial identification
  • Chapter 10: Assessment of pharmaceutical water systems
  • Chapter 11: Endotoxin and pyrogen testing
  • Chapter 12: Sterilisation and sterility assurance
  • Chapter 13: Biological indicators
  • Chapter 14: Antibiotic effectiveness testing and preservative efficacy testing
  • Chapter 15: Disinfection
  • Chapter 16: Cleanroom microbiology and contamination control
  • Chapter 17: Rapid microbiological methods
  • Chapter 18: Risk assessment and microbiology
  • Chapter 19: Manufacturing and validation
  • Chapter 20: Microbiological batch review
  • Chapter 21: Microbiological audits
  • Chapter 22: Microbial Challenges in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Conclusion