1. Vaping: A Brief History and Future Direction of E-Cigs

    Vaping has become more and more popular over the last couple of years. For some people, it has become a smokeless alternative to smoking, while, for others, it has helped them kick the nicotine habit and still enjoy the act of “smoking” without inhaling smoke. The History of Vaping E-cigs haven’t been around for long. In 2003, a Chinese pharmacist, Hon Lik, patented his idea. E-cigs were first introduced in Europe and the United States in 2006. Researchers found in 2011 that smokers switching to e-cigs reduced the number of cigarettes they consumed was comparable to other smoking cessation aids. However, the FDA still does not recognize it as an aid in helping to stop smoking. As of April 2014, the FDA has proposed to regulate the pro…Read More

  2. What it Means As Lawmakers Move to Regulate Vaping

    Since April 2014, the FDA has been in the process of proposing regulations to the field of vaping and ecigarettes. The formal proposal was shared a year ago and we are little closer to the formal decision. Vaping is showing its stability and permanence in the market. In fact, in some cases ecigs are hailed as helping people wean themselves off their tobacco addiction from smoking cigarettes, although, some use it as an alternative, keeping nicotine levels at higher levels. The regulation would make the production of juice to be handled with FDA regulated standards. Some of these regulations would include: being produced in a cleanroom, like the modular cleanrooms we produce at Travis Clean Air; cleanliness of the technicians will be a facto…Read More

  3. Adding Vaping Businesses to the List of FDA Regulated

    The Food and Drug Administration proposed last year to add electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, under its jurisdiction in order to regulate the production of the e-liquid that produces the vapor and the flavor, and the addition of the e-liquid to the e-cigarette device. Many vaping companies that produce and sell e-cigs in communities are looking ahead to upcoming regulations for the mixing of the e-liquid. One such regulation suspected to be included in with the new regulations is that the ingredients for the e-cigs will have to be mixed within a cleanroom. Cleanrooms regulate the amount of contaminants and bioburden in the room, keeping the ingredients being mixed for the e-liquid to be of the highest purity. Arguments can be made for the e-…Read More

  4. The FDA’s Move to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes

    Modular cleanrooms are currently required by USP 797 for the manufacture of parts and products for industries like aviation, food processing, compounding pharmacies, nanotechnology and much more. There has been a move to add electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes and e-cigs) to the list of items manufactured within the confines of a cleanroom environment over the last couple of years with health scares that stem from a lack of regulation. There is now a move to ID purchasers of the e-cigarettes since they contain nicotine, but the ingredients are still largely unregulated. As e-cigs gain popularity among all ages, there is talk of the move toward regulation, some are choosing to be proactive and keep their customers as safe as poss…Read More

  5. How Tack Mats Can Minimize Contamination of a Cleanroom

    In keeping the contamination levels down in your modular cleanroom, there are the standard air filters to replace on a regular basis to keep the air particulates low. Regular cleaning also occurs to prohibit the buildup of contaminants as well. Full body apparel, or simple jumpsuits can be used to limit the amount of particulates added to the room. Another way to keep from adding to the particulate count for the room is to use a tack mat in the antechamber. A tack mat will pull dirt, hair and dust from your shoes or wheels of push carts prior to entering the cleanroom. Tack mats generally come in a mat that has layers of mat. These are usually numbered to count down the amount of mats left on the pad. The numbers will help maintain an accou…Read More

  6. The 6 Biggest Clean Room Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

    Maintaining the good standing of the modular clean room where your products are created and tested involves following some strict rules and practices.The FDA inspectors will ding you business for faulty practices. With the abundance of regulations, the attitude can become that the regulations are a barrier to production, a nuisance. Here are six easy mistakes for your clean room employees to avoid so your business stays in good standing. Don’t clean your cleanroom.—Cleanrooms are only allowed a miniscule amount of dust and contaminants for the safety of the product. These contaminants can build up quickly if left untouched. The time spent in cleaning regularly will pay off in the end. Record some investigations, but not others.—Rather…Read More

  7. Want a Thriving Business? Focus on Meeting Clean Room Regulations!

    Your pharmaceutical business involves using a clean room to handle and process what the FDA considers dangerous drugs. You have heard about the proposed changes with the new clean room regulations under USP Chapter 800, but haven’t made any changes to reach the new compliance since it’s not yet finalized.The standard guidelines for USP 800 will become regulation and you will need to have them in place for your business to thrive. Practically, you want your business to thrive, but you don’t know where to start in implementation of the proposed standards. Should you start making changes now? Or wait until the new standards are put in place by the federal government. We also want you to succeed, by being available to help you stay compli…Read More