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Tim Sandle, Ph.D, M.A., BSc (Hons), CBiol, MSBiol., MIScT

Dr. Sandle is the Head of Microbiology at Bio Products Laboratory Limited (a pharmaceutical organization owned by the UK Department of Heath). Dr. Sandle is a chartered biologist (Society for Biology) and holds a first class honors degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and obtained his doctorate from Keele University.

Dr. Sandle has over twenty years experience of designing, operating and reviewing a range of microbiological tests (including sterility testing, endotoxin LAL methodlogy, microbial enumeration, environmental monitoring, particle counting and water testing). In addition, Dr. Sandle is experienced in microbiological and quality batch review, microbiological investigation and policy development.

In addition, Dr. Sandle is an honorary consultant with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester and is a tutor for the university’s pharmaceutical microbiology M.Sc course. Dr. Sandle serves on several national and international committees relating to pharmaceutical microbiology and cleanroom contamination control (including the ISO cleanroom standards). He is currently chairman of the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group (Pharmig) LAL action group and serves on the National Blood Service cleaning and disinfection committee. He has written over one hundred book chapters, peer reviewed papers and technical articles relating to microbiology. Dr. Sandle has also delivered papers to over thirty conferences.

Dr. Sandle is the editor of the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group Journal and runs an on-line microbiology website and forum (www.pharmig.blogspot.com). Dr. Sandle is an experienced auditor and frequently acts as a consultant to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.
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  • Risk Assessment and Management for Healthcare Manufacturers
    on Dec 20, 2016 in Books
    Risk assessment is a core requirement for pharmaceuticals and healthcare. One difficulty with implementing risk methodologies is in taking abstract tools and applying these to 'real life' situations. This is where the new book "Risk Assessment and Ma...
  • Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practice Inspectors Working Group
    on Dec 19, 2016 in GMP
    The European Medicines Agency has published a report titled “Annual report of the Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practice Inspectors Working Group 2015”.The report provides an overview of the activities of GMP inspectors across Europe. As th...
  • PDA Europe Pharmaceutical Microbiology
    on Dec 19, 2016 in Conferences
    PDA Europe 8th Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology,Porto, Portugal on 14-15 February 2017.The conference theme will be “Microbiology in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing” and a comprehensive scientific program will include presentations from reg...
  • New EMA draft guideline on sterilisation of the medicinal product
    on Dec 18, 2016 in Sterilization
    Given the importance of sterile products, in providing both a therapeutic medicine and with regards to the necessity of being free from viable microorganisms, pyrogenic substances and visible particulates, no new guidance has been issued by a regulat...
  • Containment Laboratory Glossary
    on Dec 17, 2016 in Cleanrooms
    Bioquell have put together a series of reference guides that contain:A glossary of common terms and acronyms;A selection of useful links to HSE, other regulatory bodiesLinks to appropriate industry bodies.To view the guide, see Bioquell.Posted by Dr.
  • Microbial Risk and Investigations
    on Dec 17, 2016 in Books
    Book feature - 'Microbial Risk and Investigations'.The investigation of microbiological laboratory findings (a.k.a. microbiological data deviations - MDD) - is of great importance for understanding the root causes of contamination and for assessing t...
  • Antibiotic awareness: important messages on antibiotic use
    on Dec 16, 2016 in Antimicrobial
    Public health England have produced a document explains how to use antibiotics responsibly for patients, animal keepers and pet owners, and prescribers.Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in both humans and animalsAn...
  • Pharma recall trends 2016
    on Dec 15, 2016 in Pharmaceuticals
    In 2016, pharmaceutical recalls went up in Q2—though, it was down compared to historical trends in 2004, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS’ quarterly Recall Index.News from Pharmaceutical Processing.“The Recall Index is a quarte...
  • Identification of aerobic actinomycetes
    on Dec 14, 2016 in Bacteria
    Most actinomycetes are typically Gram positive, filamentous, partially acid-fast, branched bacteria that have many microbiological characteristics in common with members of the genera Mycobacterium and Corynebacterium. The major groups of the order A...
  • Why You Must Make Calibration Essential in Your Pharmaceutical Facility
    on Dec 13, 2016 in Laboratory
    Calibration is the method of setting a measuring device by adjusting it with a known accuracy, also called as ‘standard’. This technique determines if an instrument or device is producing accurate and measurable results within the specified limit...
  • Risk of microbial spores in cleanrooms
    on Dec 12, 2016 in Bacteria Spores
    Spores, both bacterial and fungal, pose a risk to cleanroom environments. This article presents an overview of spores and considers the microbiological aspects of their ability to spread and survive in the inhospitable environment of the cleanroom. A...
  • Pharmeuropa 28.4
    on Dec 11, 2016 in Pharmacopeia
    A chapter of interest has been published in Pharmeuropa, and it is out for public comment. Draft monographs are published in Pharmeuropa for public enquiry, which lasts for three months. If no further revision is required the draft monograph is propo...
  • What Are Probiotics?
    on Dec 11, 2016 in Medical microbiology
    Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called...
  • Top 25 Microbiology Blog and Website List for Microbiologists
    on Dec 11, 2016 in Blog
    This blog - Pharmaceutical Microbiology - has been named one of the 25 best microbiology blogs by Anuj Agarwal (Founder, Feedspot).Here are the top ten blogs:1Microbiology on Google News+ Follownews.google.com/news/section..About Blog - Comprehe...
  • Tuberculosis bacteria vary in their ecological niche
    on Dec 10, 2016 in Bacteria Medical microbiology
    Tuberculosis is a major global public health problem. Treatment often takes many months and till this day there is no effective vaccine. Various TB bacterial strains exist globally, with different geographical spread. Only the so-called Lineage 4 occ...
  • Guidance: Chlorine: health effects, incident management and toxicology
    on Dec 9, 2016 in Chemistry
    Chlorine is a commonly used in laboratories and as a disinfectant. The U.K. government has recently updated safety information relating to use of the chemical.Key points from the review are:chlorine is a reactive gas that is approximately three times...
  • Pharmig news # 65
    on Dec 8, 2016 in Pharmig
    A new edition of Pharmig news has been issued (edition 65). In this issue there is an article on the revision to the USP chapter (1231) on pharmaceutical water by Tim Sandle. There is also an article on the microbiological quality of non-sterile phar...
  • Restricted Access Barriers vs. Isolators: An Energy Consumption Comparison
    on Dec 7, 2016 in Isolators
    Instead of comparing barrier systems solely in terms of investment costs, energy consumption offers another insightful approach – especially as it is in line with the recent trend towards green pharmaceutical manufacturing. This is the basis of an...
  • Quaternary Ammonium Compound Disinfectants against Mycobacteria
    on Dec 6, 2016 in Disinfection
    A new article (by Tim Sandle) of interest:Abstract: This paper discusses the use in dental practices of quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) and alcohol-based disinfectants in relation to bactericidal efficacy against mycobacteria. QAC disinfectants a...
  • MICs for multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria against common biocidesA new research paper of interest has been published - Determination of minimum inhibitory concentrations of common biocides to multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteriaThe abstract is:Background: Until now, very few studies have investigated the sus...

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