Emflon® PFR Membrane

High-strength, long-life, sterilizing-grade filter membrane ideal for air, gas, and vent filtration in biotech applications

 

Emflon® PFR sterilizing-grade membrane filters are ideal for a wide range of air, gas, and vent sterilizing filtration applications within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including:

  • Product-contact gases, such as nitrogen blanketing
  • Inlet gas and vents on bioreactors and fermenters
  • Venting of hold tanks and mixers
  • Compressed gas for instrumentation and lyophilization
  • Gas used for drying and transfer fill lines
  • Blow-fill-seal equipment
  • Environmental air in isolators

The double-layer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane is inherently hydrophobic, chemically inert and designed for the complete removal of contaminating bacteria and a high-titer-reduction of some viruses.

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The biopharmaceutical industry demands sanitary conditions in all aspects of the production process. Emflon® PFR Membrane in Mini Kleenpak™ Capsules provides air filtration capability with its Emflon PFR and pleated membranes. The filters have a choice of connectors to improve flexibility. PFR serves a long life and can be autoclaved repeatedly for low maintenance costs.

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Emflon® PFR Membrane in Novasip™ Capsules have lower installation costs than comparable systems. Its steam sterilizing durability provides a long service life and low maintenance costs. Novasip™ filters use polyethermide because of its strong withstanding features against elevated temperature and pressure. Designed with air and vent applications Novasip™ filters can be used in a range of operating conditions.

Emflon® PFR Membrane in Kleenpak™ Capsules takes advantage of PTFE membranes that are both pleated and hydrophobic. PFR filters meet the increasingly high standards of the biopharmaceutical industry. Pall provides top filtration of liquids for particulate removal. Robust design features a glue free construction and polypropylene shell to provide a long service life.

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0.2-micron vent filters, ideal for the sterile venting of small containers or as an in-line gas filter.

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Emflon® PFR Junior Style Filter Cartridges offer high assurance and high integrity in their air and gas sterilizing services. Filters can be steamed and tested easily to maintain cleanliness and integrity standards. Keeping filters clean and up to date provides a long service life for the user. Using Pall PTFE membrane and hydrophobic technology, PFR filters remove contaminating bacteria and viruses.

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Emflon® PFR Membrane Filter Cartridges offer high assurance and high integrity in their air and gas sterilizing services. Filters can be steamed and tested easily to maintain cleanliness and integrity standards. Keeping filters clean and up to date provides a long service life for the user. Using Pall PTFE membrane and hydrophobic technology, PFR filters remove contaminating bacteria and viruses.

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Superior Performance

Emflon PFR membrane filters meet the ever-increasing demand for air filters and offer great strength and long life, even during continuous use in hot air up to 60 °C, in vent applications up to 80 °C, and during repeated steaming in either the forward or reverse direction.

 

Combined with high flow rates and excellent de-wetting characteristics, Emflon PFR membrane delivers very economical filtration through smaller installations and reduced energy costs. In addition, the filters can be tested in-situ by the Forward Flow integrity test or a Water Intrusion test. Both tests are correlated to the liquid bacterial challenge test. 

 

Benefits

  • Rapid qualification and regulatory filing (comprehensive validation guide available)
  • Reduced installation and running costs, as high flow rates and low pressure-drops allow more compact systems to be utilized
  • Assurance of integrity and reliability due to robust design and proven performance over many years
  • Minimized changeout frequency as long steam life and long service combine to offer low-cost filtration

 

Consistency and Reliability of Performance

 

Pall manufactures the PTFE membrane used in its Emflon PFR air and vent filter capsules and cartridges, ensuring security of supply and assuring full control of membrane manufacture.

 

Scientifically Validated

 

Emflon PFR filters have been extensively scientifically validated using the most advanced methods and most sensitive equipment available. With an absolute removal rating of 0.2 µm in liquids and 0.003 µm in gases, they are validated by:

  • Brevundimonas (Pseudomonas) diminuta (ATCC 19146) liquid challenge at 107/cm2
  • Brevundimonas (Pseudomonas) diminuta (ATCC 19146) aerosol challenge
  • Bacteriophage retention (PP7/ATCC 15692-B4) aerosol challenge
  • Bacteriophage retention (MS-2/ATCC 15597-B1) aerosol challenge
  • Spore retention Bacillus atropeaus NCTC 10073, ATCC 10073, aerosol challenge
  • Airborne sodium chloride aerosol challenge

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2 0.5 barg (7 psig) up to 40 °C (104 °F). If it is possible that the pressure may exceed 0.5 barg (7 psig) during operation, then a safety shield is required. The maximum pressure of 3 barg (44 psig) must not be exceeded at any time.
 
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Sterilization Conditions
Novasip™ Filter Capsules 0 – 100 6.5 Autoclavable, Steam-In-Place

Quality 

  • Designed, developed, and manufactured in accordance with an ISO 9001 certified Quality Management System
  • Manufactured in a controlled environment that meets the air quality standards of an ISO Class 8 room
  • Emflon PFR membrane filter cartridges may be used in conformance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in Manufacturing, Processing, Packing or Holding of Drugs per Title 21 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR Part 210) and cGMP for Finished Pharmaceuticals (21 CFR Part 211)
  • Does not contain materials of construction that are considered specified TSE or BSE risk materials according to current legislation and guidelines (reference European CPMP EMA/410/01 and per Title 21 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 189.5)
  • Provided with a Pharmaceutical Certificate of Test

 

Certification

 

Certification Type Description
Integrity Test Each filter element is 100% Forward Flow tested at manufacture prior to release
Autoclave Test Lot Samples Pass Forward Flow integrity test after being subjected to six (6) one-hour autoclave cycles at 121 °C as part of our manufacturing release criteria
Bacterial Challenge Lot Samples are tested for retention of Brevundimonas diminuta, using procedures correlated to ASTM Standard Test Method F838-05, in conformance with the applicable requirements of the FDA Guideline Sterile Drug Products Produced by Aseptic Processing - Current Good Manufacturing Practice (September 2004)
Materials of Construction The filter components have met the requirements for biological reactivity, in vivo, under USP <88> (for Class VI - 121°C plastics) and in vitro, under USP <87> (Elution Test).  Although not intended for food contact use, the materials of construction of this product are made in line with the listings given in U.S. FDA 21 CFR Parts 170-199
Cleanliness Meets with adequate safety margin, after flushing, current limits under USP <788> Particulate Matter in Injections, with effluent counts determined microscopically. Counts serve to document conformance with the requirements for a non-fiber-releasing filter per Title 21 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 211.72 and 210.3 (b) (6)
Oxidizable Substances Meets the current USP limits under Sterile Water for Injection after flushing, when tested in accordance with USP <791>
pH Meets the current USP limits under Sterile Water for Injection after flushing, when tested in accordance with USP <791>
Endotoxins Meets with adequate safety margin the current USP requirements under Bacterial Endotoxins Test as determined using the Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate (LAL) reagent with an aliquot from a soak solution in accordance with USP <85> Bacterial Endotoxins Test