[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this work is to review the most important topics about the antiophidic sera sterility, including obtaining methods, sterilization procedures and clean room control using Vital Brazil Institute (VBI) as an example. Bibliographical research was performed through Medline, Lilacs, PubMed, ISI and the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz -RJ and VBI Libraries, from 1960 to 2009. The antiophidic sera for human use are immunobiologic products produced in Brazil by three national laboratories, including VBI. Due to the parenteral use, these products should be sterile and pyrogen-free, which demands the microbiological control during the whole fabrication process. The sterility and pyrogen tests are important steps to ensure the quality and safety of these immunobiological products. Thus, these tests are target for continue evaluation and improvement. The most interfering aspects in the consistency and analytical patterns include the proper method selection, sampling, culture conditions and validation criteria. As the national and international legal requirements are cautious with the assays validation and approval of sterile parenteral products; the intrinsic limitations for established assays still require more investigation aiming the continue improvement of the microorganism and contaminants detection methods and optimization of the analysis extent. Uniterms: Microbiologic control. Antiophidic sera. Sterility test. Contaminants.
Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 07/2009;