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New Website Coming Soon for Pharmig

Here at Pharmig, we believe that it is always a good idea to keep improving and working on ourselves, which is why we have decided that the time is right to give our website a fresh look and feel.  We are very proud of our website and wanted to update it to offer the best user experience possible, to ensure we were able to give our visitors all the information they need to make informed decisions and at the same time easily navigate the site.

Our redesigned website should be ready to launch in the next few weeks, and we are incredibly excited to be able to share it with you.

As well as the refresh of the look and feel of the site, we have now implemented a fully mobile-friendly design, with more and more users opting for mobile phones and tablets to surf the web and search for goods and services, it was important to us to ensure the mobile experience matches that of the larger screen / PC / laptop experience.

We have also added more video resources to help our members access useful and important information. Video is proven to be a very effective way of learning and sharing information, we have some very exciting additions launching soon, a highlight being informative interviews with key figures from the Pharmaceutical and healthcare profession.

We have spent a great deal of time working with our web developers to create the best environment possible for our members, amongst many aspects of the new website, we have tried to focus on enhancing how we share information and the many different platforms we use to help our members develop and learn. Incorporated into the design is the possibility of sponsorship and member ads in key areas of the site, we are considering launching these facilities in the future, so watch this space.

A bit about us, in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries, Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation that promotes the interests of people who work in, oversee, or collaborate with microbiology.

Our website is a key tool to help us grow, communicate, and offer products and services to our members, which include:

  • Coordinating gatherings, training sessions, conferences, and the creation of publications that offer current information and opinions on issues relating to microbiology.
  • Advancing the study of microbiology and its application in real-world settings
  • Influencing the creation of rules and policies pertaining to microbiology
  • Serving as a private forum for the exchange of knowledge on all facets of microbiology

We work with several different sectors, and our membership offers various benefits, including networking and career opportunities, the chance to meet with leading professionals, and attending meetings and conferences, or booking on-line modular training courses  Membership also includes access to our publications and fact sheets and we provide the latest industry news and links to relevant and useful resources.

One of the perks of revamping our website is that it will be even easier to find out more about what we do and how you can join our services.

We will announce once the site is live and ask you to come and have a look at the new design, we invite new visitors to review the benefits of being a member of Pharmig’s extensive network and invite our existing members to come and try out the new look and feel.

If you are interested in joining Pharmig, have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by either clicking here or calling 01920 871 999.


Benefits Of Attending PHARMIG

Benefits of attending in-person practical training courses

Whilst we have seen attendance to online meetings / conferences / webinars increase significantly over the last 3 years or so, there is still nothing better than attending an in-person training course and the benefits this style of training brings to an individual, their team, or their company.

Face-to-face learning and training have their only uniquely beneficial factors when compared with online training. One of the most obvious aspects would be to allow hands-on experience, no matter how good the online course is, there is currently no technology that allows you to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Practical experience is a proven way in which we learn and retain information more efficiently.

Although online technology has become more advanced over the past few years, a classroom environment allows delegates and trainers to communicate and interact much more readily than online. Online courses often have waiting times before attendees can communicate (questions at the end, questions in the break), whereas in-person courses allow for more of a ‘free flow’ of communication and exchange of information.

A classroom environment can be much more adaptable and flow with the needs of the group, allowing for a much more open and fluid learning environment, in contrast online tends to be much more rigid to help facilitate the course, with less scope to change the learning topics or structure of the lesson.

There is also an obvious benefit with classroom and in-person learning, which is less reliance/need for technology, online has many conditions that need to be met before it can happen without problems, internet connection, the quality of technology available, software requirements and many more. In-person training can be interactive and effective with very little need for technology.

Online learning can be subject to distracting outside influences, the natural distractions that come with working/learning from home or the office, this is greatly reduced within a classroom environment.

Peer learning is a powerful educational tool, exchanging ideas and questions with one another and providing a valuable learning medium that online environments cannot replicate.


Additional Benefits of Effective in-person Training with Pharmig

  • Increased Employee Motivation, Satisfaction, and Morale.
  • Increased Efficiency.
  • Reduction in Employee Turnover.
  • Increased Innovation.

Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation that represents the interests of people who work in, oversee, or collaborate with microbiology in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries. We offer a wide variety of courses and publications to our members.


Pharmig is offering 2 training courses in March and April:


Basic Microbiology Practical Training Course – 14th & 15th March, York

A 2-day course designed for those who are new to pharmaceutical microbiology. The course is laboratory-based and strongly focuses on practical techniques, group exercises, and lectures. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice fundamental techniques. Course contents include culture maintenance, microbial identification, environmental monitoring, aseptic technique, and data integrity for the microbiology lab.

You will leave this course with a clear understanding of what happens in a microbiology lab, why the tests are performed, and how to document them correctly.

Training in the basics will help you to:

  • Understand contamination risks to the process.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current control measures.
  • Maintain compliance with cGMP and data integrity expectations for the laboratory.


A Practical Introduction to Sterile Manufacturing – 26th April, Solihull

Designed for those people who are new to the industry this interactive training course will help you understand what sterile manufacturing is and will cover topics which include: microbiology, clean room design, sterilisation processes, sterility assurance, manufacturing methods and regulatory oversight.

It is designed to:

  • Get you to think about the risks associated with sterile manufacturing.
  • Understand the basic elements of sterility assurance.

The course will support:

  • Building greater people capability and consistency in your sterile operations
  • Reducing quality issues, waste, defects, and accidents
  • Being better able to meet your regulators’ expectations.
  • Releasing batches more consistently à get products to the patient more reliably.
  • Better management of individual performance

At the end of this training programme, you will:

  • Have an underpinning awareness of sterile manufacturing and associated risks.
  • Attain an introductory understanding and knowledge of key sterile processes and controls.

If you are interested in attending these courses, please contact us here, we would love to hear from you.


Pharmaceutical Microbiology Publications

Pharmig Microbiological Publications, Fact Sheets, and Interactive On-Line Training

As a part of our remit and service included in our membership across these sectors, we provide informative guides, publications, factsheets, and on-line training. Industry leaders have written and created Pharmig publications, fact sheets, and interactive online training courses, which cover and provide important data pertaining to GMP practices and regulator guidance.

Our publications and fact sheets cover a wide range of subjects, please see below for our full list:

  • A Guide to Cleaning and Disinfection of Pharmaceutical Facilities – A Road Map to Regulatory Compliance
  • A Guide to Microbiological Control for Non-Sterile Pharmaceuticals
  • Guide to Cleanroom Operation & Contamination Control
  • Guide to Bacterial Identification
  • Current Perspective on Environmental Monitoring
  • Guide to Microbiology Laboratories in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Guide to Isolator for Sterility Testing
  • Best Practices for the Bacterial Endotoxin Test: A Guide to the LAL Assay
  • Rapid & Alternative Microbiological Methods in conjunction with the CTPA
  • Cleanroom Environmental Isolates Fact Sheets
  • Microorganisms Fact Sheets
  • Major Objectionable Microorganisms Fact Sheets
  • Pharmaceutically Important Fungi Fact Sheets
  • Water Microorganisms Fact Sheets
  • Commonly Occurring Organisms Fact Sheets
  • LAL Fact Sheets

Additionally, Pharmig provides online interactive training courses. Your staff can get access to top-notch online training through the Pharmig Training Portal. Module 1: Cleaning & Disinfection of Cleanrooms covers contamination, preparation and storage of cleaning agents & disinfectants, and application techniques.  By watching a series of detailed videos, followed by a multiple-choice assessment, they will learn a variety of essential subjects relating to their role in the cleanroom environment.

On successful completion of all chapters within the module, participants will be issued with a certificate and will then be able to apply their learnings within the working environment.

The interactive online training module is aimed at those who are new to working in GMP cleanrooms as well as being ideal for Production Operators, Cleaners, QA, QC

In the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries, Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation that promotes the interests of people who work in, are in charge of, or collaborate with microbiology.

It acts as a network for the exchange of microbiological knowledge through training sessions, conferences, publications, and its website forum. It also offers a focus on ongoing professional development.

Since 1991, the Pharmig group has experienced substantial growth, enhancing the range of products it presently provides to the Membership while adhering to the original requirements of microbiologists which include:

  • Planning meetings, conferences, training sessions, and publications that offer current information and opinions on issues pertaining to microbiology
  • Improving the science of microbiology and its application in real-world situations
  • Having an impact on the formulation of rules and regulations pertaining to microbiology
  • Serving as a confidential platform for the exchange of knowledge on all facets of microbiology.

Pharmig publications, fact sheets and interactive online training modules can be ordered online, please see the following links for more information and to buy through the website.

Pharmig’s complete list of publications.

Fact Sheets.

Online Training.

Along with many other advantages, our members have access to a vast array of valuable information, articles, and fact sheets, see here for more information.

Pharmig Membership in 2023

The Benefits of Pharmig Membership in 2023

In the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries, Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation that promotes the interests of people who work in, are in charge of, or collaborate with microbiology. It was founded in 1991.

It acts as a network for the exchange of microbiological knowledge through training sessions, conferences, publications, and its website forum. It also offers a focus on ongoing professional development.

Since 1991, the Group has experienced substantial growth, growing the range of products it now provides to the Membership while adhering to the original requirements of microbiologists.

There are a number of benefits, tools, information and resources that will benefit you within the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries.


Types of membership:


All Pharmaceutical companies can apply for this level of Membership with nominated representatives per site (corporate membership does cover ALL personnel at that site). With larger Companies, each site would be considered as an individual Corporate Member as would separate research divisions.

Commercial Suppliers:

Any company that supplies or supports the pharmaceutical industry that has a commercial basis.

NHS/Not for Profit Organisations

Independent Consultants


This category would also include retired professionals.


At the discretion and invitation of the Committee, this status may be offered to an individual. A Membership fee is not imposed and Pharmig will remunerate all reasonable expenses for any services rendered to the company.


These benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in ‘live’ Action Groups
  • Attending meetings, training sessions, webinars, and conferences and communicating with top industry experts and other delegates
  • Purchasing unique publications
  • Improving company and individual networking and career prospects (see Action Group section)
  • Getting pertinent news and updates from the Pharmig website
  • Appreciating and using links to a variety of online resources
  • Being able to post job listings on our website
  • Exhibiting at Pharmig meetings (additional sponsorship packages also available)

Access to the member’s section on the Pharmig website that includes:

  • Exchange information securely
  • Up-to-date newsletters.
  • Access to technical articles.
  • Relevant photos and imagery.
  • An extensive information/article archive.
  • Commercial supplier members have access to one free technical article per year for either the website or newsletter.

Pharmig is proud of the vibrant social culture that has developed among its members because it promotes the advancement of microbiology.

We can only accomplish this by expanding our membership, which will allow us to provide books and how-to guides that advance our knowledge and promote best practices.

In the past, our members have banded together to form action groups, such as the disinfection action group, which produced a manual on disinfectant use in the pharmaceutical microbiology business.

You can create connections with other members and start your own action group as a member, which might result in a technical paper, presentation, or publishing for our membership.

The opportunity to join a professional organisation working to advance microbiology is provided through membership.

Pharmig is unique among microbiology-based societies: it is the only organisation for pharmaceutical microbiologists in the UK and Ireland. Moreover, it is one of the very few pharmaceutical microbiology bodies in the world.

For more information about our memberships, contact us today.

Pharmig’s 30th Anniversary Conference

Pharmig’s 30th Anniversary Conference

Over the past 30 years, Pharmig’s annual UK conference has been a highlight for microbiology professionals and enthusiasts from across the country and beyond. The 2022 event marks the 30th anniversary of our first ever event and is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The epic two-day anniversary conference is set to take place in Nottingham on November 30th and December 1st. Tickets are now available for Pharmig members and non-members alike. Click here to secure your seat at one of the year’s biggest industry events today.


Welcome To The Pharmig Annual Conference 2022

Following the virtual conferences held during the pandemic, the 2022 Pharmig anniversary conference will be a chance for the community of microbiological and pharmaceutical experts to unite and finally enjoy face-to-face interactions once more.

This year’s Pharmig microbiology conference in Nottingham will be a true extravaganza for all individuals working in this landscape. Here are just some of the reasons to join the microbiological community for the two-day event;

  • We have built an incredible lineup of professional speakers and top experts in the field of pharmaceuticals from around the world,
  • Our event will include plenty of fun-filled activities and networking opportunities – it’ll certainly beat the normal midweek routines.
  • The event is an opportunity for us all to reflect and celebrate our progress as a community since the last in-person conference.

Our 30th anniversary conference isn’t only a landmark achievement for Pharmig, it’s a moment for celebration across the industry in the UK and beyond. And with the stunning Nottingham Belfry Hotel providing the perfect setting, the event is sure to be as enjoyable as it is entertaining.


Celebrate 30 Years Of Pharmig

Microbiologist Poly Hajipieris first established Pharmig following a conference that saw attending professionals unanimously decide that the existence of an interest group specifically for pharmaceutical microbiology would be in the best interests of the industry. Pharmig was soon born, and we’ve seen huge progress from those humble beginnings.

We have built a huge global community of microbiological experts over the past 30 years and continue to strive for excellence to support continued developments within the industry through training courses and more. Our courses and publications support the science of microbiology and its practical application, and regulatory developments.

Our anniversary conferences serve as the perfect outlet for new and old members alike to join forces, network, learn, and hold a forum for key discussions within this field.


Join Some Of The Top Industry Professionals

We are excited to announce that the 2022 anniversary conference will include guest speakers from AstraZeneca, FDA, BPL, Johnson & Johnson, P&G Quell Therapeutics, and more.

Hot topics include: Annex 1, practical applications of CSS, Burkholderia cepacia complex, cleanroom energy costs versus performance; risks & risk reduction in bacterial endotoxin tests and much, much more. Check out the itinerary to learn more about what to expect from this year’s event. From presentations to open discussions, all microbiology professionals will gain truly valuable insights.

We are immensely proud of the Pharmig journey so far and the positive impact we’ve helped the industry create over the past three decades. Reflect on the progress and look ahead to the future by joining us in Nottingham. It will be our biggest and best conference ever.

Pharmig’s 30th Anniversary Conference Agenda

Pharmig is hosting its 30th Anniversary Conference at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel on Mellors Way in Nottingham, UK, between 30th November and 1st December 2022. This in-person event will bring people and industry back together again after the long break away for networking, information-sharing and education. Attendees will debate the latest issues in pharmaceutical microbiology and update themselves on all the recent developments.

The agenda for the conference is jam-packed. Pharmig is inviting world-class speakers from around the globe, fourteen in total including; one from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA and two formerly of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Attendees will join these professionals in open question and answer sessions, debates, and informal discussions. Real-time polling and opportunities to share feedback will be available throughout the schedule using the bespoke Conference app.

The 30th Anniversary Conference will cover a range of interesting and controversial topics. Top of the agenda are issues around the recently published EU GMP Annex I Manufacture of Sterile Medicinal Products, finalised in August 2022. The new guidelines clarify how the industry can apply the latest manufacturing and handling standards for sterile medicinal products and what non-sterile companies should start working towards too. Speakers, including Phil Rose and Dr Tim Sandle will cover what’s in the updated rules, what they mean for practitioners, how industry representatives should respond to them, as well as how the new Annex 1 compares to what the Pharmig membership initially wanted from it.

The conference will also cover the ‘hot’ topic of Burkholderia Cepacia Complex (BCC) testing as a presentation from the FDA and as a debate for delegates to take part in. The debate will whether the approach should be based on risk or if a more scientifically justified approach should be taken!

Other key topics range from: practical applications of a contamination control strategy (CCS); risks and risk reductions with bacterial endotoxin; artificial intelligence for quality control in practice; socialising rapid methods for QC microbiology; Cleanroom energy costs vs performance; and much more…

In short, there’s something for everyone at our celebratory 30th Anniversary Conference. The event will cover all the most pressing topics and issues in pharmaceutical microbiology currently affecting the industry and will provide an opportunity companies and individuals to validate their learning and knowledge and network with like-minded organisations and peers.

Book today and secure your slot. Be warned, places are going fast, so the sooner you reserve your slot, the better.

If you’d like to learn more about the speakers and event itinerary, you can here.

You can also view the agenda here.

Pharmig’s 30th Anniversary Conference

The year 2022 is a significant occasion for Pharmig, as we will be hosting our 30th-anniversary conference. This exciting event marks over 30 years of Pharmig providing pharmaceutical microbiologists with a voice. Our conferences offer a unique opportunity for professionals within the pharmaceutical microbiology arena to come together in person. These events help foster a sense of community which is crucial for the future of our field and the continued progression of the work and role of pharmaceutical microbiologists.

Despite our hopes, the 29th annual conference took place online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This event was a still a great success though and provided a valuable opportunity for our members working in the microbiology and pharmaceutical industries to share ideas, further their understanding of evolving practices, and interact with each other, albeit virtually.

This year we are very much looking forward to our 30th-anniversary conference as the time when we can all come together again and meet up in person. The 2022 conference is already shaping up to be one that is fitting for this milestone anniversary year. We are excited to share with you the confirmed details of the event so far.


Conference Dates

Pharmig’s 30th-anniversary conference will take place in Nottingham on Wednesday, 30th November and Thursday, 1st December 2022.


30th-Anniversary Conference Agenda Highlights

For over 30 years, Pharmig has provided a much-needed voice for microbiology workers and bringing together members of the industry to share ideas and exchange knowledge is central to this. With this in mind, our conferences are carefully curated to provide the maximum benefit to our attendees and tailored to provide relevant, valuable content that enriches our community.

As we edge closer to the start of the Pharmig 30th-anniversary conference 2022, we can share with you some of the confirmed topics that will be featured at this year’s event, along with the speakers who will be sharing their knowledge with us.

Key Note Session: Annex 1 overview and Contamination Control Strategies (CCS) drawing on sterile & non sterile impacts
Phil Rose – Executive Director, NSF International (ex-MHRA)

Socialising rapid methods for QC microbiology – balancing todays capability with traditional approaches
Kevin Wright – Director Corporate Quality Assurance – Industrial Microbiology, Procter & Gamble

DEBATE – BCC testing is here to stay – the new sterility test! Pistols at dawn debate of the year.
Edel Fitzmaurice – Quality Director/QP, Fitzmaurice Scientific Ltd & David Keen – Director Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Ecolab

“Where did they come from? Considerations for test strains”
Miriam Guest – Principal Microbiologist, AstraZeneca & Christine Farrance – Senior Global Scientific Affairs Liaison at Charles River Laboratories (USA)

Transformational technologies: Artificial intelligence for quality control in practice
Louis Ryan – R&D Director, Ash Technologies

ID strategies: what’s signalling your level of control?
David Keen – Director Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Ecolab & Pharmig Chair

How to stop fungi getting into your cleanroom – covering sterile and non steriles
Ian Harwood – Managing Director, Harwood Pharma GMP Consulting Ltd (& recent ex- MHRA)

Insights into the risks and risk reductions with bacterial endotoxin
Gerald McDonnell – Senior Director Microbiological Quality & Sterility Assurance – Johnson & Johnson (USA – presenting virtually)


How Pharmig’s 30th Annual Celebratory Conference Benefits the Microbiology Profession

Our annual conferences are designed to help nurture the microbiology field in ways that cannot be achieved without bringing professionals together. Sharing knowledge, debating ideas, and connecting with each other are all valuable ways to further knowledge and understanding within the pharmaceutical microbiology industry. As microbiology professionals, fostering this sense of community and making connections is a powerful way to raise a collective voice and ensure the importance of microbiology is not overlooked.

Connecting with like-minded people and bridging gaps in knowledge is beneficial to both individual microbiologists and the field as a whole. The sector needs a sense of community and the opportunity to collaborate in order to keep moving forward. Our two-day conferences are the ideal opportunity to facilitate this and ensure it happens.

In addition to the current exciting line-up, we have further topics and speakers yet to be confirmed (including the FDA) – watch this space!

Don’t miss out on securing your place at the conference. Click here to download a booking form for the Pharmig 30th-anniversary conference and to view the advanced notice with confirmed presentations.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The importance of microbiology publications

The purpose of a professional pharmaceutical microbiology organisation such as Pharmig is to ensure that we are representing the individuals who work in microbiology in healthcare settings, pharmaceutical and NHS industries. To represent the interests of our members, it is important that we offer value. The value for our members comes through, in part,  the offering of various training courses, webinars, conference, microbiology publications, and a selection of fact sheets that can be used at the workbench In this blog, we are going to focus on the various publications we have available for both our membership and the pharmaceutical microbiology community.


Why release publications?

A publication on an area of pharmaceutical microbiology allows intense focus on a specific area of our profession. At Pharmig, we are motivated by becoming an organisation that moves our discipline forward in a variety of ways. Ensuring we publish useful content on pharmaceutical microbiology is important to us because it means all members can engage in this information, put it into practice and then feedback outcomes and evolutions on these various strategies and ideas. Here are some examples of publications we have currently available:

Guide to bacterial identification

Microbial identification represents an important part of the microbiology function. This includes screening products for objectionable organisms, profiling the environmental microbiota, and investigating out-of-limits events with a view to assigning a probable point of origin. In deciding what and when (and subsequently to what level) to identify, and by the way of which methods, requires an identification strategy. This is a document each microbiology laboratory should develop. Chapters within the Guide include: Why do we identify? Phenotypic identification methods, Genotypic identification methods, Rapid identification methods, and Common issues with bacterial identification

A series of eight fact sheets on pharmaceutically important fungi

Regulators have stated that knowledge of fungal identification is weak in microbiology laboratories, and many inspectors expect fungi to be identified as part of microbial contamination tracking. The problem is, few text books focus on the most common cleanroom isolates.

Pharmig has addressed this gap by profiling the most common fungi found in cleanrooms (based on FDA recalls) and presenting full colour guides to the cultivation and identification of these fungi. Included with the macroscopic and microscopic images is detailed advice on where these fungi are found and what the implications for their recovery means.

These laminated sheets are ideal for use on the laboratory bench, to assist microbiologists as they carry out their work, and as handy training aids.

Current perspectives on environmental monitoring

Whether a beginner or advanced practitioner this guide has something for pharmaceutical microbiologist and their management teams. Environmental monitoring is a critical part of microbiology, and this book is packed with useful information from industry experts on topics such as clean room microbiology, tips for achieving particulate control and setting up environmental monitoring programme.

Guide to cleaning and disinfection of pharmaceutical facilities – a road map to regulatory compliance

This publication walks you through the steps needed to design, validate, and implement an effective cleaning and disinfection programme. Including: Identifying and assessing risks associated with cleaning and disinfection, User requirements for cleaning agents and disinfectants, Supplier qualification, Disinfectant efficacy testing and validation, and Controls for routine use – including application methods, in-coming QC testing, and periodic review of the programme.

The importance of microbiology publications and fact sheets

Building a meaningful membership and community for pharmaceutical microbiology means, for Pharmig that its members find value not just through in person or virtual training, conferences, and webinars but also to have ‘hands on’ access to key information. When we release publications, it helps move our practice forward globally and allows Pharmig to become a forum for the dissemination of information, concerning all aspects of microbiology. At its heart, pharmaceutical microbiology is all about learning and progression and therefore regularly producing microbiology publications is a critical part of that development.


The benefits of in-person meetings for pharmaceutical microbiology

We’ve all become incredibly familiar with the various online platforms that have facilitated all of us staying in contact and being able to run organisations and businesses throughout the global pandemic. But as we return to normal, it’s like we’ve almost forgotten how to interact with each other. Staying in has become the new going out and we have become incredibly used to logging in to an online forum rather than meeting and interacting with colleagues. What are we missing online? Is it necessary to get together in person? There is a whole wealth of information and nuances of in-person interaction that are critical to moving any discipline forward especially pharmaceutical microbiology.


The benefits of online

We’re not about to rubbish online webinars, meetings or training because they play a critical role in furthering Pharmig as an organisation. The online format can help with busy schedules in the sense that there is no commute, and you simply log in and log off when you’re done. It’s allowed businesses and organisations like Pharmig to remain operational during the pandemic. The other brilliant payoff of online interaction is they can bring people together geographically who otherwise would find it difficult to interact. That said, let’s look at the benefits of in-person meetings.


Engagement and production are better

Having full visibility of people whose attention you’ve lost can be difficult to manage in an online forum. You’re always striking a balance between the more vocal extrovert team members and the introvert who does not feel comfortable in that forum. There is no opportunity to take the quiet members aside and ask if they have any questions or for them to speak to you in private.



Let’s face it we’ve all been there looking at a screen but also gazing around the home thinking “I’ll just put a wash on” or emptying the dishwasher because you can see it. At an in-person meeting, you are fully immersed and engaged.



An organisation like Pharmig is the sum of its parts. And our team members are flesh and blood people with whom we have an emotional connection. It’s what makes our membership strong. We can feel cut off or disengaged when on our own, meeting up with the team lets you know that you are part of something. A sense of belonging is critical to the success of any organisation.


Our goals

The aims and goals of any organisation are what drive it forward and Pharmig is no different. There is always an agenda for training but it’s the interaction between the membership that sprouts other ideas on developments. Whether we are discussing new ideas, for example.  around clean rooms, non-steriles disinfection or contamination control and risk reduction in our labs, sitting with a group of people watching reactions and feeding off the enthusiasm and ideas are so powerful. Therefore in-person meetings and training must happen.

Pharmaceutical microbiology is an ever-evolving discipline, and we rely on the interaction of our members to foster ideas and develop strategies to propel us forward. New ways of working, and ideas sharing are at the core of why our membership started. And truth be told we love each other’s faces and it’s great to see them in the flesh at long last!

So do take a look at our website and see what we have coming up as in-person events which include:

Events and training for pharmaceutical microbiologists 2022

We are almost halfway through 2022 which seems unbelievable! This is a good time to pause and look at the exciting opportunities for our Phamrig members and non-members in respect of the in-person and virtual meetings we have scheduled for the rest of the year, as well as upcoming webinars. As pharmaceutical microbiologists it is critical to develop our practise through engaging with one another as a community to move our discipline forward. Let’s look at the full schedule of upcoming opportunities before celebrating our 30th annual conference in November:


1st June: Approaching error risk reduction: making your labs more compliant (webinar)

8th June: Annual Irish Conference: Hot Topics in Microbiology – Dublin (In person)

9th June: Cleaning & Disinfection: a roadmap to compliance – Dublin (In person)

29th June: Designing an effective contamination control strategy (½ day virtual)

21-22nd Sept: Basic Microbiology Skills- Practical Training Course (In person)




1st June:
Approaching error risk reduction: making your labs more compliant

It is well established that regulators do not like the root causes of deviations to conclude ‘human error’ and for the resultant corrective or preventative action (CAPA) to recommend additional training. Instead, regulators expect organizations to go deeper and to unpick the underlying reasons as to why a person made an error and, from this, error risk reduction actions can be initiated.

  • This webinar looks at:
  • The ‘what’ and ‘why’ of human error
  • The ‘true’ causes of error
  • Chunking and subchunking tasks
  • Developing human error checklists
  • Root cause analysis
  • Trending error




Annual Irish Conference – Hot Topics in Microbiology – Dublin

Topics covered include:

  • Objectionable organisms
  • Recent recalls across the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, highlighting key trends and the impact such incidents have.
  • Recent developments with the growth promotion test and environmental monitoring


Cleaning and disinfection: road map to compliance

Topics covered include:

  • Upcoming regulatory changes and their impact for cleaning & disinfection: EudraLex draft Annex 1 v.12 & USP draft chapter
  • Brief summary of the history of these publications and their revisions to date
  • Key changes in the proposed draft regulations relating to cleaning and disinfection, versus current industry practice
  • Disinfectant Workshop: Factors to consider when designing a disinfectant efficacy test and interpretation of results




Designing an effective contamination control strategy

Topics covered include:

  • Regulatory expectations around contamination control strategies
  • What do you actually need to think about when setting up your CCS?
  • Case study 1 – Astra Zeneca: A practical approach on how they set up a CCS (Sterile)
  • Case study 2 – GlaxoSmithKline: A practical approach on how they set up a CCS (Non-Sterile)




Basic Microbiology Skills- Practical Training Course

A 2-day course designed for those who are new to pharmaceutical microbiology. Laboratory based with a strong focus on practical techniques, as well as group exercises and lectures. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice fundamental techniques. Course contents include:

culture maintenance, microbial identification, environmental monitoring, aseptic technique, and data integrity for the microbiology lab.

  • You will leave this course with a clear understanding of not only what happens in a microbiology lab, but why the tests are performed and how to document them correctly.
  • Training in the basics will help you to:

Understand contamination risks to the process

Evaluate the effectiveness of current control measures

Maintain compliance with cGMP and data integrity expectations for the laboratory

A fantastic mix of in person and virtual events that the Pharmig community are proud to offer members and non-members in 2022.