Follow aseptic procedures in a biomanufacturing environment

Business Sectors (Suites): Scientific Manufacture
Developed by: Cogent
Approved on: 30 Mar 2017


​This Standard identifies the competences you need to identify and follow aseptic or clean room protocols in a biomanufacturing work environment, in accordance
with approved procedures. You will be required to work to the relevant standard operating procedures, legislation and organisational policy, and to follow Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

Your responsibilities will require you to comply with any policies of your organisation in respect of preparing for work and working in aseptic or clean rooms and clean work areas. You will be required to report any problems with clean room procedures that you cannot personally resolve, or that are outside your permitted authority, to the relevant people.

Your underpinning knowledge will be sufficient to provide a sound basis for your work, and will enable you to adopt an informed approach to preparing for work and working in clean rooms. You will have an understanding of the attributes and behaviours required for clean room working, in adequate depth to provide a sound background for carrying out the biomanufacturing activities
to the required specification.

You will understand the safety precautions required when carrying out the biomanufacturing activities for scientific operations and processes. You will be required to demonstrate safe working practices throughout, and will understand your responsibility for taking the necessary safeguards to protect yourself and others in the workplace.

This activity is likely to be undertaken by someone whose work role carries out Science/Bio manufacturing work activities. This could include individuals working in the following industries, Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Life Science industries.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

​P1 ensure that your work is carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures
P2 dress in the appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) required for the clean room or clean work area environment, in accordance with the correct procedure
P3 carry out visual quality checks on your personal protection equipment prior to entering the working environment
P4 follow the correct procedures for entering and exiting the clean room or clean work area
P5 follow aseptic techniques in the work place
P6 remove personal protection equipment on completion of clean room or clean work area activities, and dispose/store in line with the correct procedure
P7 communicate the required information about the work done, to authorised people, in accordance with departmental and organisational procedures

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

K1 the health and safety requirements of the area in which you are carrying out the biomanufacturing activities
K2 the implications of not taking account of legislation, regulations, standards and guidelines when conducting biomanufacturing activities
K3 the standard operating procedures, as set down in local
biomanufacturing operating manuals
K4 the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) applied in the workplace
K5 the importance of wearing protective clothing, gloves and eye protection when handling materials (including biochemical substances, biological pathogens and/or antigens), and the equipment used to contain and process them
K6 the manufactured materials and batch process tracking and records system
K7 the types of handling and sorting system, and the procedures used for materials undergoing processing in biomanufacturing facilities
K8 the importance of correct identification, and any unique organisational or manufacturing numbers
K9 the organisational requirements for maintaining the security of the workplace
K10 the lines of communication and responsibilities in your department, and their links with the rest of the organisation
K11 the limits of your own authority and to whom you should report if you have problems that you cannot resolve
K12 the specific safety precautions to be taken when working in a clean room or clean work area environment
K13 the correct fitting and use of clothing and personal protective equipment that must be worn in a clean room or clean work area (including body, hands, eyes, ears, feet, mouth and face)
K14 hazards associated with working in a clean room or clean work area with biomanufacturing equipment (including heat, radiation, chemicals, static electricity, high voltages, trapping points on equipment)
K15 how to put on clean room clothing and footwear correctly
K16 the scrub-up procedures
K17 the procedures for entering and exiting the clean room or clean work area, and the authority needed to do so
K18 the classification of the relevant clean room or clean work area, and how this impacts upon you
K19 the industry standards/classifications for clean rooms and clean work areas
K20 the company requirements for clothing and personal protective equipment required, and the reasons why such clothing and equipment must be used
K21 the procedures and methods for maintaining issued clothing and personal protective equipment
K22 how to apply procedures for dealing with damaged or dirty clothing and personal protective equipment
K23 how to store issued clothing and personal protective equipment correctly
K24 the laundering/cleaning/maintenance procedures relating to the issued clothing and personal protective equipment
K25 the aseptic techniques used in the laboratory
K26 how to dispose of single-use personal protective equipment correctly
K27 the policy and procedures relating to personal items (including body lotions, makeup, jewellery, contact lenses, footwear, own clothing)


​1. prior to entering clean room, carry out all of the following:
1.1 use the correct issue of job instructions and specifications
1.2 follow risk assessment procedures and COSHH regulations
1.3 ensure that you are appropriately dressed and uncontaminated before entering the area
1.4 carry out your activities in line with organisational procedures
1.5 store records of your activities, in accordance with appropriate procedures

  1. satisfy all of the following company clean room/clean work area requirements:
    2.1 use appropriate clothing/personal protective equipment (PPE) (such as suits, gowns, coats, hoods, hats, caps, helmets, other headwear, boots, overshoes, other forms of footwear, safety goggles, visors, gloves)
    2.2 comply with hazard protection (such as breathing apparatus, gloves, apron/smock, other forms of PPE or clothing required)
    2.3 deal appropriately with damaged or dirty clothing/PPE (such as reporting damage, replacement, safe removal and cleaning or disposal, subjected to acid/hazardous substance spills, damaged/dirty labelling)
    2.4 store specified clothing/PPE correctly when not in use
    2.5 ensure the proper cleaning/laundering/maintenance of
    2.6 dispose of single-use clothing and equipment in the correct location
    2.7 report any hazards or breaches of protocol

  2. use three of the following types of personal protective equipment for clean room working:
    3.1 body suit
    3.2 gloves
    3.3 air supply
    3.4 face mask
    3.5 respirator
    3.6 other (please specify)

  3. use personal protective equipment in one of the following clean room environments:
    4.1 health/disease screening
    4.2 drug development
    4.3 biochemical processing
    4.4 agro-biotech research
    4.5 biotechnology processing
    4.6 other (please specify)

  4. identify and follow protocol methods and procedures that satisfy all of the following:
    5.1 the safety of people
    5.2 containment/integrity of the clean room/work area
    5.3 containment/integrity of the specimen/product
    5.4 appropriate industry standards and protocols

  5. record details of the preparation work, and communicate the details to the appropriate people, using:
    6.1 verbal report
    Plus one method from the following:
    6.2 written or typed report
    6.3 computer-based record
    6.4 specific company documentation
    6.5 electronic mail

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Indicative Review Date

29 Mar 2019





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Relevant Occupations

Associate Professionals and Technical oc, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies, Science and Engineering Technicians, Science and Mathematics Science

SOC Code



production; biomaterial; aseptic; procedures; manufacturing; biomanufacturing; science