Fill Finish

Our aim is to work together to develop and implement the safe, predictable, lean and agile processes in our drug product operations that our biopharmaceutical pipelines need now and into the future.


In the BPOG Fill Finish (BPOG FF) community you will find a strong representation of the top sterile filling operations in the world, in terms of drug manufacturers and CMOs.  The Fill Finish Phorum started in 2012 with a clear focus on biopharma products as an off shoot of BPOG DS, but in reality, biopharma is only the unifying thread, as often the most challenging product in terms of cost, volume and nature to fill.  In many cases, big pharma fills bio in existing parenteral assets so the scope of fill finish has widened accordingly.

What unites and drives the members to collaborate in BPOG FF are several shared goals.  To agree how to demonstrating their control levels in an effective way to agencies, to move new techniques forward in our risk averse environment and to work together to develop the error proof, high flexibility operations we all need.



The current Fill Finish collaboration program is targeting a number of transformational operational improvements.  While some of these benefits are easy gains for members, they also recognize that in our regulated environment it makes sense to move together.  For this reason, in many cases companies plan synchronized adoption to change the landscape that regulators see across the industry in one go.

Some of the targeted benefits include:

Reducing barrier breaks and isolator operating costs by optimizing settle plate use and even replacement with new rapid micro technologies.

Harmonizing on the best bio-pharma Environmental Monitoring (EM) deployment practices, to ensure the very best control and investment profile in existing and new facilities

Reducing lyophilisation scale-up and transfer times, and allowing for better optimization of run times and capacity by making the application and use of lyo computer models a reality at commercial scale

Reducing particle contamination of conventional elastomeric stoppers, by promoting a strong industry voice and engaging with suppliers and other parties in a constructive way

Providing clarity and confidence on particle classification by product type for visual inspection operations, with the use of a new harmonized risk based methodology


BioPharma manufacturers with their own drug product / sterile filling operations and CMOs.

Suppliers are invited into the collaboration as guest to address specific product, equipment or service opportunities.





User Specific Requirements for Small Flexible Fillers

Lyo – US published paper

CCIT – Response to the publication of UPS <1207>

Elastomer Stoppers:  Working toward adopting an industry-wide requirements specification for particulate levels

Container closure integrity control versus integrity testing during routine manufacturing


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