The area having controlled airborn particle concentration is considered as clean zone or clean room. These areas are constructed to minimize the introduction, generation, and retention of airborn particles in the area.
The concentration of particles depends on their diameter; hence the bigger particles will be less in number then the smaller particles in any cleanroom environment.
The airborn particles play a considerable role in aseptic processing because the viable particles i.e. bacteria, fungus etc. are associated with non-viable particles and may cause contamination in pharmaceutical sterile preparations.
Classification of these areas are given in many guidelines but the base of all other guidelines is ISO i.e. ISO-14644-1. A proper classification is given in ISO with formula which gives the concentration of airborn non-viable particles in any class.
Table 1 shows the different classes of cleanrooms.
There are 9 classes of cleanrooms in ISO but only ISO Class 5 to ISO Class 8 for 0.5 µm and 5.0 µm are applicable in pharmaceuticals.
These numbers of particles are calculated for every class and for all particle sizes by the formula given below-
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