Diversified technology company 3M has extended its global network of Validation Laboratories serving the pharmaceutical and life-sciences industries by opening a new facility in Antwerp, Belgium. European customers now have enhanced access to services that help confirm compatibility between equipment and manufacturing processes. With this addition, 3M has seven Validation Laboratories spanning Europe, the Americas, North Africa and Asia.
The Validation Laboratories produce high-quality technical studies and data packages for 3M Purification products as used in customers’ processes, to ensure process integrity and to demonstrate regulatory compliance. The comprehensive portfolio of services covers microbial challenge testing, product integrity testing, chemical compatibility testing, and particle release testing, as well as test design, execution, and full documentation.
“The on-going investment in 3M’s global network of validation services demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing the best possible support for customers using our high-quality filtration products,” said Lynne Deakin, Field Applications Specialist - Life Science Process Technologies, 3M Purification Division. “We are very proud of the facilities and especially the industry experts in Antwerp, who are providing specialist support to our analytical and biological sciences clients.”
The range of validation services available from 3M’s global network of laboratories includes challenge tests such as Brevundimonas diminuta retention testing using customer process fluids and under simulated processing conditions. Mycoplasma clearance testing using Acholeplasma laidlawii and Mycoplasma orale retention testing are also available, and are increasingly important as M.orale now accounts for more than 40 per cent of cell culture mycoplasma contamination events.
3M’s validation laboratories are also able to assess the chemical compatibility of 3M Purification products with customer fluids under expected operating conditions, taking into account factors such as the composition of the end product or intermediate chemicals, 3M Purification product materials of construction, duration of product contact, and temperature of product contact.
Particle release testing is also available for applications that require capture and identification of particles from the process stream under operational conditions.
For more information about 3M Purification’s Validation Laboratories, and the range of 3M products and services for life sciences, please visit www.3M.co.uk/filtration.
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Amit Karpe Beky Cann
3M Purification Division Neesham Public Relations
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