ISO 8573 Air Testing

 

ISO 8573 Air Testing

The ISO 8573 standard consists of purity classes for contaminants in compressed air: particles, water, and oil.  In addition, ISO 8573-1:2010 also identifies microbiological contaminants.  The ISO 8573 purity classes can be used to describe the quality of a compressed air system or to specify the required quality for a precise application.  Compressed air specifications should meet product performance requirements.

With an umbrella of multiple sections and classes of requirements, the ISO standard can be used as the basis to define the appropriate and essential compressed air quality needs of manufacturing operations. Custom specifications and non-spec analytical reports rooted in ISO 8573-1 are available. These reports provide confidence, guidance, and documentation towards compliance without your facility setting an unachievable compressed air quality and usage target.

In the absence of specified standards governing compressed air quality testing in the pharmaceutical manufacturing process, it is often best to use  site-specific compressed air testing programs for Points of Use (POU). This may be the most assured way to produce valid, repeatable testing results that will reinforce your site’s quality. TRI recommends a Baseline Test, Direct Product Contact, Indirect Product Contact, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the European Pharmacopeia, or the ISO 8573 air standard for Points of Use (POU).  We can also test nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, custom compressed air specifications and more.

The compressed air used in the manufacturing processes should be evaluated by a competent technical individual to determine the appropriate requirements to protect the safety of the employees and the integrity of the products.  We suggest a baseline test before validation.  TRI has experienced validation and qualification Dealers that can work with your requirements and staff to produce the validatable systems, descriptions and documents you need to move your project forward.

The quality of the independent laboratory you use is critical to ensuring that your facility’s efforts to achieve compressed air best practices  are optimized. Understanding your true compressed air quality needs and utilizing high-quality laboratory support are keys to air quality compliance in manufacturing.

TRI is ANSI/ISO/ASQ 9001-2008 and ISO 17025-2005 compliant, an AIHA-LAP, LLC accredited laboratory and participates in a compressed air quality proficiency program. These accreditation and proficiencies ensure that our lab meets the highest standards of quality and can deliver reliable, consistent results for every test. Our compressed air quality testing equipment is scientifically designed to meet valid testing methods. TRI highly recommends a routine testing schedule for your compressed air quality program for verification and compliance with FDA enforced cGMP.  Solutions for compressed air testing to international standards are provided with excellence in science and quality.

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