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HVAC Design for Pharmaceutical Facilities

COURSE NO: M05-006
HVAC Design for Pharmaceutical Facilities
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to "Good Manufacturing Practices" with focus on the HVAC system design.


Pharmaceutical manufacturing is generally conducted in environments that are cleaner and are carefully controlled at a required temperature, humidity and pressure. The HVAC system assumes a large part of the responsibility in maintaining these clean environments.


Design of pharmaceutical facilities is governed by Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's), which require companies to document how they intend to design and operate their facility. These are intended to set forth engineering requirements deemed necessary for safe design and operation of pharmaceutical facilities. Failure to comply puts the owner at both regulatory and business risk and therefore it is important that the pharmaceutical facilities are constructed under a rigorous and well-defined quality-control system.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical and HVAC engineers, process engineers, architects, building designers, contractors, energy auditors, facility managers who are involved in the design and installation of HVAC for pharmaceutical facilities.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Be aware of the critical design issues related to pharmaceutical facilities
  • Understand what GMP is and why it is important for safe guarding the end user
  • Learn the current codes, standards and regulations that govern the GMP's
  • State the requirements for proper pharmaceutical facility design including area classification, air change requirements and pressurization gradient
  • Explain the importance of product, equipment, material and people flow in the facility
  • Describe the cleanliness requirements for sterile and non-sterile operations
  • Learn the cleanroom air classifications as defined by US FDA and European Economic Community (EEC)
  • Describe HEPA filter theory, application, monitoring, testing, and repair
  • Learn the importance of pressurization and air flow pattern
  • Understand the basic air-conditioning schemes including types of air-handling systems (constant volume v/s variable volume)
  • Learn about the air distribution ductwork materials, and location requirements
  • Understand the commissioning, testing, validation and documentation requirements
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled "HVAC Design for Pharmaceutical Facilities".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
HVAC Design for Pharmaceutical Facilities (1.1 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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