Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Committee was formed in 1990 to promulgate
an ASME standard intended for design, materials, construction,
inspection, and testing of vessels, piping and related accessories such
as pumps, valves, and fittings for use in the biopharmaceutical
industry. The rules in the standard provide for adoption of other ASME
and related national standards, and when so referenced will become a
part of the standard.
Membership on ASME Committees requires a commitment from both members
and their employers. Members will be appointed to the Committee for a
term of five years, during which time they will be required to attend 3
meetings per year. The membership on the Main Committee is balanced
among manufacturers, material manufacturers, designer-constructors,
equipment users, and general interest to assure a consensus is achieved.
All meetings are open to the public, except when discussing personnel,
accreditation, or legal matters. In addition to travel and attendance
commitments, members must be prepared to devote time to committee
ballots and correspondences.
1989, into early 1990, a industry wide search was conducted to find
qualified people interested to determine if the pharmaceutical /
biopharm industry needed a "standard", and if so, work to develop same.
February, 1990, ten (10) were selected and became the Ad Hoc committee.
1st meeting of the Ad Hoc Bioprocessing Equipment Committee, with the
ten (10) members was held at ASME HQ in New York City on 20 March, 1990.
The 2nd meeting was held 27 June, 1990. At this meeting the group was informed the Ad Hoc group was officially a BPE Main committee of
ASME. The 3rd meeting was 18 September, 1990 in NY.