SOP for cleaning of FBD bag

SOP for cleaning of FBD bag

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)


  • To lay down a procedure for cleaning of FBD bags.


  • This SOP is applicable for the cleaning of FBD bags in the formulation plant.


    • Production Operator/ Technician – For cleaning of the equipment.
    • Production Officer/ Executive – For checking the cleanliness of the equipment.


  • Production Head shall be accountable for the compliance of SOP.

Cleaning Procedure:

    • Before start the cleaning ensure that all the manufacturing operation in the area has been completed.
    • At the end of drying process in FBD.
    • Remove the FBD finger bag from the hooks.
    • Fold the FBD bag and make it compact as per size of polybag.
    • Put the FBD bag in the polybag and close the polybag.
    • Affix the status label “TO BE CLEANED” on the polybag.
    • Transfer the FBD contained polybag to washing area.
    • Open the polybag and place the FBD bag in the IPC bin.
    • Fill the IPC bin with purified water above the FBD bag and ensure that FBD bag is fully dipped in the water.
    • Manually wash the FBD bag and drain the water used for washing.
    • Repeat the Above step two times more.
    • Finally, rinse the FBD bag again with purified water.
    • Open the drain of IPC container and keep the FBD bag for 20-30 minutes.
    • Fold the FBD bag and put in the cleaned polybag.
    • Affix the status label “CLEANED” on the polybag.
    • Transfer the FBD contained polybag to processing area and ensure that FBD is cleaned.
    • Open the polybag and remove the FBD bag and ensure that cleaned FBD bag should not be touched with floors and walls.
    • Hang the FBD bag in the hooks provided and integrate the FBD bowl.
    • Dry the FBD bag with dry heat air at temperature 35°C – 40°C for 50-60 minutes.
    • Check the FBD for dryness, if not dried again allow the dry heat air for few minutes.
    • After complete drying, remove the FBD bag from hooks and fold it and put in the cleaned polybag.
    • Transfer the dried FBD bag to storage area with status label “CLEANED”. 

List of Annexure / Format

  • Not Applicable.

References (if any)

  • Instruction Manual.

Reason for revision

  • Periodic Revision.


  • SOP:   Standard Operating Procedure.
  • B.D. : Fluid Bed Dryer.
  • IR: Infra-Red



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