Cherwell's new video series: The Future of Environmental Monitoring

By Martin Sketchley

We're excited to introduce Cherwell's new series of videos: "The Future of Environmental Monitoring."

As part of Cherwell's Delivering Knowledge initiative, these videos will feature insights from industry experts exploring the evolving landscape of environmental monitoring in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in light of the recent update to Annex 1.

Our series kicks of with Quality Specialist Tamryn Hassel, Cherwell's Microbiology Product Specialist, Dr Wan Li Low, and Redipor® distributor for Denmark and Sweden, Dorte Egelund. 

Wan Li Low: Adapting to Annex 1

Wan Li Low highlights the transformative impact of the updated Annex 1 on environmental monitoring practices. With a strong focus on compliance, she believes the new guidelines will raise awareness among professionals about maintaining clean and safe manufacturing environments. This shift ensures that products are manufactured under stringent conditions, enhancing their safety, quality, and efficacy. Wan Li also emphasises the growing need for bespoke products tailored to specific testing requirements and continuous monitoring systems, such as the BioAerosol Monitoring System (BAMS) unit, distributed by Cherwell. Innovations such as BAMS provide real-time data, allowing for immediate corrective actions to prevent contamination and production delays.

Tamryn Hassel: Embracing Automation

Tamryn Hassel, meanwhile, discusses the increasing role of automation in environmental monitoring. With Annex 1's emphasis on continuous monitoring, she believes that future systems will likely minimise human intervention, enabling automated tracking and time-stamping of activities. This automation extends to microbiological processes, where standardised, automated plate reading could reduce human error. Tamryn also foresees the integration of AI and machine learning to analyse data from various sources, helping to identify patterns and enable pre-emptive actions.

Dorte Egelund: The Enduring Importance of Agar Plates

Drawing from years of experience, Dorte Egelund reflects on the continuing relevance of ready-to-use agar plates in the pharmaceutical industry. Despite advancements in testing technologies, demand for agar plates continues to grow, especially with the implementation of Annex 1. Dorte underscores that as long as pharmacopoeias remain in place – whether European, US, or Japanese – the need for traditional media will persist, highlighting the balance between adopting new technologies and maintaining established practices.

Join the Conversation

Our new video Future of Environmental Monitoring series offers a comprehensive look at how Annex 1 is shaping the future of the industry, influencing practises, product developments and new technologies. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the field, these videos are certain to provide valuable insight. To keep up to date with Cherwell's growing library of video content relating to the environmental monitoring industry, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

If you're an expert who's passionate about a particular subject and you'd like to work with us to make a Delivering Knowledge video, we'd love to hear from you.



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