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SOP for Vial Washing

This procedure provides an establishment of standard procedure for Vial Washing.

It is applicable to the HPLC section of the Quality Control department at Pharmasky Ltd.

QC Analyst
QC Worker


Vial washing is done in two steps
1. Pre-washing
2. Final washing

Pre- Washing
  • Wear the mask and cover the hair properly with a cap.
  • Stack the vial cartons received from the store on the clean pallet in de-cartoning area.
  • Wash thoroughly the sinks of the washing station and drain out any dirty water.
  • Fill the sinks of washing stations up to half with tap water.
  • In sink-1, add one bottle of liquid hands to make lather.
  • Pick up one carton of the vial from the de-cartoning area, remove its secondary packing, and dip the vials in the sink. Discard primary packing in the dust bin kept for this purpose in the de-cartoning area.
  • Add to the 2-3 vials cartons similarly.
  • Brush each of the vials in a sink with nylon material from in and outside.
  • Transfer each of the brushed vials to sink-2.
  • In sink-2 give the vial individually a rinse of tap water by filling the vials with water in the sink and emptying in the same sink.
  • Rinse each of the vials two times in this way and drop it into the sink -3.
  • In sink-3, the process of rinsing is repeated and the vials are arranged in the washed SS trays.
  • In the trays, vials are placed with their neck downward These vials are ready for final washing.
  • A cycle of washing from Sink-1 to Sink-3 is repeated for the whole batch.
  • Water in each of the three sinks is changed with a fresh one after it gets dirty.

Final washing
Give the pre-washed a final washing on the “ vial washing machine” following the Standard Operating Procedure for “Vial Washing Machine.

SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
QC: Quality Control


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