Lyophilizer leak rate testing – An industry survey and best practice recommendation

This paper published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences  provides a review of the scientific literature in the public domain and most importantly, a perspective from 14 Pharmaceutical companies on the leak rate specifications commonly used in industry. Using this information we recommend a best practice for the lyophilizer leak rate test which includes detailing necessary preparation activities following Steam-In-Place (SIP) sterilization, defining a period of stabilization to eliminate pressure and temperature fluctuations and details of the test conditions and the test period. We conclude that for routine manufacturing practice the operational leak rate should not exceed 20 µbar L/s and we provide additional guidance for large volume and older lyophilization equipment.

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