Put yourself and your team on the path to success. Developed through research and industry demand, the IEST Education program allows novice-through-expert learners to achieve targeted knowledge to avoid training failures and thrive professionally. Many companies claim to provide expert training, but IEST's accredited expertise as an international standards developer assures confidence in the effectiveness of the training. You and your team will learn from the recognized experts who help write the technical standards used every day within your industry.

Program below subject to change. All training classes will be offered either in-person or virtually. The Exposition, Working Group meetings, networking events, general sessions, keynote presentation, and conference sessions are available only to in-person attendees.

Monday, May 6, 2024
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time

The Foundations of Contamination Control using Essential Cleanroom Standards ISO 14644-1 and ISO 14644-2
Instructor: Hasim Solmaz, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions

ISO 14644-1 and 14644-2 are the cornerstone international cleanroom standards, essential for all contamination control professionals. This course covers the nuts and bolts of ISO 14644-1:2015, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments—Part 1: Classification of air cleanliness by particle concentration, and ISO 14644-2: 2015, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments—Part 2: Monitoring to provide evidence of cleanroom performance related to air cleanliness by particle concentration. This full-day course also includes a brief overview of the entire ISO 14644 series to help you become familiar with the breadth of this essential International Standards Series.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Fundamentals of Contamination Control and Cleanroom Cleaning
Instructor: Dave Nobile, Contec

Cleanrooms are high-technology environments that require specific controls to be in place for cleanroom operations, operator behavior, and cleanroom housekeeping as well as the equipment design and material selection. Training on cleanroom behavior, operations, as well as contamination prevention is extremely important in overall cleanroom operations. Too often cleanrooms are compromised by activity that initiates OUTSIDE of the cleanroom. The lack of understanding of the fundamentals related to cleanroom contamination control can result in Facility and Operations Management making changes to overall cleanroom operations without understanding the possible impact on cleanroom contamination levels, Purchasing changing suppliers without consideration of contamination control within the cleanroom, Engineering making design decisions without understanding the impact on cleanroom contamination, and suppliers of cleanroom equipment unaware of the basics related to contamination control. This course will expand upon cleanroom basics, providing participants information related to overall cleanroom operations with focus on cleanroom housekeeping, and case studies from a wide variety of industries with various contamination concerns.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Robotics and Automation in Cleanrooms and Other Controlled Environments
Instructor: Anne Marie Dixon-Heathman, Cleanroom Management Solutions

This course will focus on the upcoming IEST Recommended Practice on Robotics. The RP will provide appropriate contamination control considerations for the deployment of robotics in cleanrooms and other controlled environments. This information provided will assist designers and users in the proper application of recommended principles for facility design and operations.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Developing a Holistic Disinfectant Validation and Efficacy Testing Program
Instructor: Jim Polarine and Dan Klein, STERIS

This presentation covers current debates and challenges in the industry regarding disinfectant coupon testing and disinfectant field trials. Annex I (2022), PDA Technical Report No. 70, IEST RP 018.5, and USP 43 <1072> will be covered in relation to current industry disinfectant efficacy testing and disinfectant field trials. Recent FDA Warning Letters and 483s will be covered that highlight regulator expectations in disinfectant efficacy testing. Data will be presented covering the importance of disinfectant efficacy testing with specific bacterial spores which can be more difficult to kill than ATCC strains. Both sides of the debate on disinfectant validation will be covered in detail with an emphasis on current FDA, MHRA, ANVISA, ANSM, CFDA, and HPRA regulatory expectations and reducing the costs for testing. The recent USP 43 <1072>, PDA Technical Report No. 70 recommendations on DET (Disinfectant Efficacy Testing) will be discussed. There will be a practical demonstration of the different types of coupon testing for the US and Europe.

Thursday, May 9, 2024
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
New GMP Annex1 Revision, Contamination Control Strategy and Beyond
Instructor: Hasim Solmaz, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Presenters: Ziva Abraham, Microrite; Richard Denk, SKAN AG; Norman Goldschmidt, Genesis Engineers; Morgan Polen, Microrite; and Neil Simpson, Contec

After a long period of time, GMP Annex 1 was finally updated in August 2022. In order to comply with this necessary regulation in pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, there are several critical implementations and updates on processes, personnel, utilities, and more. This class will cover the basics of Contamination Control Strategy, how to prepare and implement it throughout the process, cleanroom classification and monitoring basis, etc.  According to the GMP Annex1 2022; A Contamination Control Strategy (CCS) should be implemented across the facility in order to define all critical control points and assess the effectiveness of all the controls (design, procedural, technical and organizational) and monitoring». Since this is a pretty new concept, this class will address it with 3 easy and “self-explanatory” steps to make it easy to remember and implement.



  • Includes admittance into Working Group meetings, lunch each day, Welcome Reception, Exposition, General Session (IEST Membership - Exploring Benefits and Building Last Connections), Breakfast with the Exhibitors, Awards and Membership Luncheon, and Mix and Mingle: Dessert and Networking. Registration does NOT include membership, conference sessions, and conference proceedings.
  • Continuing Education Program Conference Sessions Add-on Package - includes admittance and all benefits included in the three-day conference session registration, which includes IEST membership and access to the session presentations.


  • Includes admittance into the course that you registered for but does not include admittance into any other events. Virtual course registration does NOT include new membership/membership renewal, conference sessions, conference proceedings, Working Group meetings, and networking events.