What is Drug Cross Contamination?

What is Drug Cross Contamination?

Cross Contamination is one of the highest risks for patients using pharmaceutical products. It refers to the contamination of a starting material, intermediate product, or finished product with another starting material or product during production.Cross-contamination is often caused by poor gowning or hand and surface sanitization.

From a clean room perspective, cross-contamination occurs when a surface or implement such as a tool, door handle or table has been contacted with a microorganism from someone’s hands.Any individuals who comes in contact with these surfaces also run the risk of cross-contamination.

Cross-contamination may also originate from poorly designed and operated air handling systems and dust extraction systems, from inadequate procedures for personnel and equipment, or even from insufficiently cleaned equipment.


Graham O'Keeffe

General Manager - Veeva LearnGxP