1. Member led
BPSA is a unique industry-led non-profit group whose aim is to encourage and advance the adoption and implementation of Single-Use manufacturing systems through education, sharing of best practices, development of consensus guidelines and business-to-business networking opportunities.
2. Represents the industry to regulatory bodies, and more
BPSA educates and portrays the advantages of Single-Use systems to a variety of audiences, including suppliers, users, potential users, government agencies, to include FDA, the trade press, and standards-setting organizations.
3. The industry’s networking resource
BPSA leverages its member-expertise to educate and inform its constituencies and stake-holders through the conduct of annual meetings, the creation and operation of issue-specific subcommittees, its presence and promotion of Single-Use at a variety of trade shows and events, and its affiliation and presence with SOCMA, the recognized voice of batch chemical manufacturers. SOCMA promotes innovative, safe and environmentally responsible operations, which are internationally competitive and contribute to a healthy, productive economy.
4. Encompasses the full “value chain” of the Single-Use industry
BPSA represents resin suppliers, component manufacturers, systems integrators and end-users of single-use disposable systems.
5. Corporate (not individual) members
BPSA is a non-profit organization that relies on voluntary dues contributions of its members. BPSA, unlike an engineering society or individual professional group, is comprised of dues-paying companies and organizations that assign key technical and management personnel to serve as liaisons and participants in BPSA activities. As such, members can assign multiple representatives to serve as BPSA participants for a single-member price.
6. Seeks industry consensus at all levels
To achieve its education goals, BPSA has established standing committees open to participation by representatives of member companies. See BPSA Committee listing here. Consensus-building is central to these functions, and committee participation is open to all BPSA member-company representatives. BPSA also collaborates with other organizations including BPOG, ASTM, ASME-BPE and DECHEMA.
7. Publishes “best practices” guidelines
Several technical guides have been published through BPSA’s Technical Committee, and are available online: 2015 Component Quality Test Matrices Guide, 2014 Particulates Guide: Recommendations for Testing, Evaluation and Control of Particulates From Single-Use Process Equipment, 2014 Quality Agreement Template for Single-Use Products, Recommendations for Extractables and Leachables Testing (Parts 1 and 2), Guide to Irradiation and Sterilization Validation of Single-Use, Systems, and Guide to Disposal of Single-Use Systems. In 2017, BPSA will be publishing two additional white papers: The Design, Control and Monitoring of Single-Use Systems for Integrity Assurance, and Notification Practices for Single-Use Biomanufacturing Systems (in collaboration with BPOG).
8. Overseen and populated by industry experts
BPSA is led by 15-member Board of Directors. BPSA currently has more than 55 diversified member organizations.
The current Board of Directors can be found here.
9. Publishes “best practices” guidelines
BPSA is an affordable and time-efficient way for component manufacturers, integrators and end-users to network and navigate the issues and opportunities that promise increased efficiencies and cost savings inherent in the adoption of Single-Use. Dues in BPSA are tied to organization type and size, and encompass two categories: Manufacturers and End Users. Dues range from a minimum of $3295 per year, to a maximum of $6590 per year. Associate (non-voting) memberships are available to consultants, academics and academic institutions who are engaged in pursuits related to the bio-process industry and are not otherwise qualified for membership (dues $1000 per year).