Rachel Kirkham - Ecolab Life Sciences Expert

Rachel Kirkham


  • Industrial Microbiologist
  • 30+ years experience in pharmaceutical and personal care contamination control
  • IRCA-accredited GMP provisional auditor
  • Pharmig Committee member

Rachel Kirkham
Director, Global Technical Consulting Contamination Control and Validation

Rachel has over 30 years’ experience in contamination control, including The Body Shop International, Tristel, Diversey and Ecolab Life Sciences.

Rachel’s wide-scoping experience includes disinfectant product development, technical service and commercialization, CMO quality process development and oversight, cleanroom validation process development and management of expert teams.

She has been involved in numerous pharmaceutical contamination control projects and routinely carries out audits, training and coordination of disinfectant studies for pharmaceutical sites.

In her current role, Rachel leads a contamination control validation team that provides expert technical support to pharmaceutical and personal care manufacturers, technical consulting on cleaning and disinfection and guidance for best practice implementations.

Rachel is a regular technical speaker on cleanroom control and disinfectant validation. As part of the Pharmig organization, she has co-developed many of the industry disinfectant application training materials and tools.