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Addressing Regulatory Requirements for Filter Integrity Testing

Magnus Stering

October 28, 2019

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Sartocheck 5 Plus filter integrity tester

Filter integrity is a fundamental element of sterility assurance during production of biopharmaceutical and vaccine products. Integrity test results are a key foundation for drug lot release, so any external element that could affect their reliability must be viewed as a critical issue. But when should a filter integrity test be performed?

This article highlights the Sartocheck 5 Plus filter integrity tester as a means to address regulatory requirements. Please fill out the form below to read the full article now.

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Corresponding author Magnus Stering is senior product and project manager at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Paris, France; [email protected]. Sartocheck is a registered trademark of Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA.