Contributor Profile

Walid El Azab

Job TitleTechnical Service Manager

Company NameSTERIS

Walid El Azab is an Industrial pharmacist and a Qualified Person (QP). He is a Technical Services Manager for the Life Sciences Division of STERIS Corporation. He currently provides technical support related to cleaning, disinfectants, sterility assurance and process validation. Finally, He leads audits at manufacturer and supplier sites. He also leads workshop to improve inspection readiness to regulatory audits. His areas of expertise include both upstream and downstream pharmaceutical operation and validation in non-sterile and sterile process. Walid has held various positions including Project Manager, Inspection Readiness Manager, Quality and Regulatory Manager, lead auditor, and QP. Walid's responsibilities and experience have also included project management, handling deviations and complaints, releasing raw materials, drug products and investigational medicinal product (IMP), conducting external audits of suppliers, and leading customer and regulatory (FDA, EMA, SFDA, ANVISA…) audits and develop strategy approach for process, cleaning, and system gap analysis He is an active member of the PDA, ISPE, ECA, A3P and has published different articles and book chapter on contamination control. He is also active with the A3P GIC working group on sterilization, and he leads the UPIP-VAPI EU GMP Annex 1 (guidance for sterile manufacturing) working group, and he is also part of the ECA task force regarding the revision of the EU GMP Annex 1. He is a planning committee member of the Annual PDA Global USA Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology (12th and 13th), and Walid is an Editorial Committee Member of the PDA Letter. Walid is an observer member of the ISPE Belgium affiliate board. Finally, he is Secretary of the Belgium Qualified Person (UPIP-VAPI) association.

Conference Sessions

  • Cleaning Monitoring Benchmark: Visual Inspection and Surface Cleanliness Monitoring

    07/16/2020, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM, Stage 4, Booth 2276, Exhibit Hall

    The presentation goal is to compare the current practices for visual inspection/control and surface cleanliness monitoring amongst several pharmaceutical manufa...

    • Language: English
  • A Possible Science-based Approach for Preventive Derouging and Passivation Program

    07/16/2020, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM, Stage 4, Booth 2276, Exhibit Hall

    The presentation seeks to propose a predictive approach for preventive derouging and passivation program. In this regard, the presentation discusses the possibl...

    • Language: English

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