What "Significant Change" Means for Excipients

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:00am

Review of IPEC-Americas most recently updated Significant Change guide.

Learning Objectives

  • The "What" - A uniform approach to significant changes in manufacturing and distribution of excipients
  • The "Whys" - Importance and benefits of a uniform approach to significant change
    • Impact of changes on excipient quality and performance
  • The "Hows" - Understanding and applying the requirements set forth in the 2014 IPEC Significant Change Guide, including
    • A review of the newer parts to the guide and important things that changed in the 2014 version
    • When to use Risk Assessment to assess a change
    • Examples of specific changes and their categorization as "Significant" or "Not Significant"


Bretta Lichtenhan

Head of Pharma Registrations - Pharma and Food Materials Life Science

Bretta Lichtenhan is Head of Pharma Registrations within Pharma Food Materials organization of the Life Science division of MilliporeSigma. She manages a global team of regulatory experts, focused on regulatory registration of products such as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), highly potent APIs, linkers, antibody-drug conjugates, excipients, and pharmaceutical materials for the (bio-) pharmaceutical industry. Bretta also currently serves as Chair-Elect of IPEC-Americas, an industry association focused on advocating, educating, innovating and developing best practices for excipients, with a focus on patient safety. She has over 22 years of experience in the industry with previous experience at Biopharma companies Genzyme (a Sanofi Company) and Percivia LLC. Bretta has worked for MilliporeSigma for over 10 years in various roles from R&D Product Development, Product Management, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs. Bretta has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of New Hampshire and Master’s of Biotechnology Engineering from Tufts University in the United States.

Heather Sturtevant

Sr. Manager, Raw Materials Strategy, Global Technical Operations Department
Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

Heather’s current role is Sr. Manager, Raw Materials Strategy within the Global Technical Operations department of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies focusing on technical aspects of raw materials and raw material qualification.  She currently leads a global team and manages the raw material portfolio within the Self Care sector of Johnson and Johnson.  She has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for 15+ years in Process Development, Technical Transfer and Raw Material Evaluation roles.  She currently Vice Chairs the IPEC Americas Excipient Qualification Committee, is the Vice Chair of User Relations, and is heavily involved in the education committee for IPEC’s ExcipientWorld. 

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