Aseptic Gowning - Steps to Success!
The aseptic gowning process is critical to ensure that aseptic products are manufactured with the highest level of environmental control. Proper training, qualification, and requalification activities are vital to maintain compliance and to reduce the potential risk of contamination associated with personnel working in an aseptic environment.
Why is Aseptic Gowning Critical
Source of Contamination
People are a critical element of your manufacturing cleanroom operation, but they are also the main source of contamination.
10 Grams of Skin
A single person can shed up to 10 grams of skin each day. Skin is the body part with the most environmental contact, which is why it must be properly covered.
Surfaces vs. People
Regular cleaning and disinfectant practices ensure that hard surfaces are clean, but only gowning and proper hygiene behaviors ensure products are protected from personnel.
What Gowning Materials are Needed in an Aseptic Environment?
The materials used in an aseptic gowning process can vary between facilities, but some of the most
used materials include gloves, gowns, booties, bouffant caps, masks, goggles and hoods. Some facilities
sterile, single-use materials, and others choose reusable garments that can be laundered or sterilized.
While gowning materials may differ between facilities; the overall technique of proper aseptic gowning is standard across the life sciences industry.
Standard practice is to gown top to bottom, and de-gown bottom to top.
Mask / Beard Cover
Hair Net / Bouffant
Gloves (first set)
Steps You Can Take To Enable Your Personnel
Training & Practice
The aseptic gowning process is highly technical and a challenging process to master. Before entering an aseptic area, personnel should be educated on specific requirements and practice proper gowning technique.
Once your staff are trained, they are ready to move to gowning qualification. Trainees will gown into an aseptic area, then microbiological samples will be collected and processed to provide data supporting the student's ability to successfully gown as trained.
Routine Monitoring & Requalification
After the personnel have been successfully qualified, routine monitoring and requalification activities are required in order to maintain the highest level of compliance associated with aseptic practices.