Glass Technology Services Ltd is holding a series of one-day workshops for the pharmaceuticals industry, to discuss key regulatory, specification and quality assurance topics concerning primary glass packaging.

Featuring an introduction to glass, glass making processes and key glass properties as well as both current and emerging regulatory requirements, the day will cover a range of factors to consider when specifying glass for use in pharmaceutical applications.

Whether you make, sell, process or use glass packaging – this workshop will give you an understanding of how glass is processed, quality control, appropriate selection in terms of specification and durability and how to meet your legal responsibilities. There will also be a chance to discuss your specific requirements in our one to one surgeries.

The day will provide delegates with an introduction to glass - including an understanding of the manufacture and processing of tubular and moulded glass primary packaging. Fundamental glass topics will include glass durability and the differences between types I, II and III glasses, quality control, glass performance, common defects and types of glass failure.

Key regulatory and due diligence topics will cover pharmacopoeial verification, performance, dimensional specifications and the importance of appropriate selection in terms of both specifications and durability. Emerging requirements, including as glass delamination and elemental migration will also be covered.

The day will include a tour of the laboratory facilities, including demonstrations of key analyses and services provided in this sector. The team will also discuss and demonstrate some of the cutting-edge research and developments underway. These include ‘dissolvable’ glasses designed for controlled release of ions, phosphate fibres for integration within the human body, 3D printing and additive manufacture and anti-bacterial glasses – all currently under development for use in the biomedical sector. 

Course outline

  • Current legislation
  • Meeting your legal requirements
    • Glass durability and appropriate selection
    • Pharmacopoieal standards
    • What is delamination, why does it occur and conducting appropriate propensity studies
    • Glass types I, II and III and the uses for each
    • The end use and cheapest possible
  • Ensuring packaging integrity
    • Strength of glass and potential causes of weakness
    • Common forces and breakage patterns
    • Handling considerations
    • Steps to take if breakages or defects are discovered

Delegates include

Anyone in the pharmaceutical supply-chain that interacts with glass packaging. This will include roles in:

  • quality control and assurance
  • primary packaging selection and specification
  • regulatory affairs
  • packaging development
  • manufacturers
  • contract fillers


Glass Technology Services Ltd  9 Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35 2PY, United Kingdom

Free, on-site, parking is available.


  • Wednesday, 6 March 2019
  • Wednesday, 9 October 2019

How do I book?

For further information or to book a place please email us or call +44 (0) 114 290 1801.

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