Qualified Person Training

Our flagship educational program is Qualified Person training, which we have been offering since the 1990s in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, one of the premier universities in the UK. This program is the most highly regarded Qualified Person education program available; NSF-trained QPs are well respected within the industry and their status is recognized across Europe as best in class.

The course consists of 12 modules held over 21 months and it is carefully designed to meet the requirements for theoretical training as detailed in EC Directives 2001/20/EC, 2001/82/EC and 2001/83/EC and in the latest Qualified Person Study Guide.

The modules provide practical, face-to-face tuition in master’s degree-level detail to prepare candidates for the challenging, demanding and ever-growing role of acting as a QP in today’s pharma industry. This course uniquely focuses on the knowledge and practical decision making exercises necessary to build the skills and confidence for the QP role. Sufficient time and depth are provided to grow QPs to be the best they possibly can be and to prepare the candidates for the role, not just the assessment.

We work with you to maximize the chance for success at viva or international assessment and beyond. We provide unparalleled support, from training plan development and gap analysis to a supportive tutor system, QP skills training, support with application and revision interview, and a strong alumni organization. Your chance of passing a QP assessment is higher with NSF than with any other provider.

Not everyone attending our QP modules wants to become a QP. Many use the training to develop as technical managers in other areas of pharmaceutical manufacture and control. Others attend as part of their continuing professional development including postgraduate qualifications through our university affiliation. In fact, we train more individuals globally through courses at their own sites than we do through the QP modules at our site. The syllabus is seen as essential to all technical leaders, managers and supervisors working in the industry supporting product realization and release.

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  • "NSF provided me with the most comprehensive QP training I could have hoped for. I can understand why the training is held in such high regard as the tutors’ delivery, experience and importantly their focus on personal development is exceptional."Ian Birch / Roche Pharma AG

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