Cleanroom certification is when users have their cleanroom periodically tested by 3rd party to ensure they meet ISO cleanroom classification. For medical device and pharmaceutical companies this may be to stay compliant with their CGMP or FDA validation. For semiconductor, aerospace and other industries, the cleanroom is essential to manufacturing yield and product quality.
Cleanroom classification standards include particle counts and air changes per hour. Other parameters that are often tested as part of cleanroom certification include: room pressure, temperature, humidity, viable particles, light and sound.
Particle tests can be non-viable or viable (living). For cleanroom classification the tests are for non-viable particles. For ISO 14644-1 each cleanroom classification has a maximum number of particles of a certain size per cubic meter. These measurements are taken using a laser particle counter (Figure 1).
ISO 14644-1 Estándares de salas limpias | Clasificaciones de salas limpias
Figure 5. Cleanroom Classification - Air changes per hour
The individual air flow rate from each HEPA fan filter unit can be measured with air flow capture hood or Velgrid system.
Viable testing is for live organisms. Typically, samples are collected using settling plates with some type of media. The plates are placed in the cleanroom at specific locations for 4 hours and then are then sent off to analytical labs for incubation and measurement.
Temperature testing is done with a NIST traceable digital thermometer. Humidity testing is done with NIST traceable humidity sensor.
Light testing is typically done with a light meter in grid pattern. The cleanroom test is lumens per square meter (LUX).
Sound testing is done with sound level meter in grid pattern. The cleanroom test is in decibels.
Frequency of cleanroom testing
Most companies do 3rd party cleanroom testing annually and do internal testing quarterly or monthly. How often depends on company manufacturing procedures, ISO-9001 procedures, customer requirements, or CGMP/FDA validation document.
Summary: Cleanroom certification is when a cleanroom is tested by 3rd party to ensure they meet cleanroom classification standards including particle counts and air changes per hour. Other parameters that are often tested include room pressure, temperature, humidity, viable particles, light and sound. The tests are required to meet FDA validation/CGMP requirements, ISO procedures or ensure manufacturing yield and product quality.
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The author Anthony Chien has worked at American Cleanroom Systems for more than 10 years . He has more than 40 years of cleanroom experience. Anthony has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering specializing in semiconductor manufacturing from the University of Illinois. American Cleanroom Systems is a design build modular cleanroom manufacturer based in Rancho Santa Margarita CA. It is expert in ISO-5 thru ISO-8 (class 100 to class 100k) modular cleanrooms for nutraceutical cleanrooms, pharmaceutical cleanrooms, medical device cleanrooms, and industrial cleanrooms.
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