How do I Clean Pharmaceutical Equipment?

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How do I Clean Pharmaceutical Equipment?
Medications must be manufactured in a pharmaceutical laboratory. (médicaments 8 image by thierry planche from Fotolia.com)

Pharmaceutical laboratory equipment must be kept very clean to prevent contamination of the medicines being produced. Almost all pharmaceutical labs have specific protocols they must adhere to in order to validate the cleanliness of the equipment. The cleaning-validation protocols (cleanliness standards) vary from lab to lab. Some labs must maintain "clean-room" standards at all times (including HEPA filters, wearing of masks etc.), and others just must maintain a relatively sterile working environment. That said, there are a few general rules to keep in mind.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Validated cleaning agent/disinfectant
  • Clean cotton cloths
  • Cotton swabs

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Instructions

    Cleaning Pharmaceutical Equipment

  1. 1

    Carefully read any cleaning-validation protocols or company-specific cleaning instructions. Follow those instructions exactly because they take precedence over any of the general instructions below.

  2. 2

    Apply a validated disinfectant to all cleanable surfaces of the pharmaceutical equipment in the correct quantity to ensure that all pathogens are destroyed. A validated disinfectant is one that has been tested in lab conditions and showed sufficient disinfecting power. Most major chemical supply companies produce a line of cleaning agents that they validate for use in various lab conditions.

  3. 3

    Conduct a visual inspection after the equipment is completely dry. Carefully examine all the cleaned surface areas of the pharmaceutical equipment with the naked eye to confirm there is no visible dirt or residue.

  4. 4

    Conduct a swab residue test with a cotton swab as a final check. Use a swab moistened with high-purity water that is wiped across surfaces and into corners and crevices of the equipment. The swab should then be bagged, sealed and sent to a pathogen-testing lab for culturing and analysis.

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