Course Overview

  • “Excellent course with very useful/informative hands-on experience.” Matthew Scarff / Rosemont Pharmaceuticals, UK
  • “The tutors were really supportive. Also delegates were sharing their own experience which was really helpful.” Sayantani Nath / APC Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals (Europe), UK
  • “The hands-on experience was very useful, building on the theory well. Lecturers were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.” David Bell / Reckitt Benckiser, UK
  • “Great lecturers – very informative. Good to see theoretical lectures put into practise.” Lee Heading / Mundipharma International, UK

In an ever-changing pharma world, it is a challenge for QPs and prospective QPs to gain a functional understanding of the equipment and processes used to manufacture and test today’s dosage forms. This RSC approved course provides hands-on experience to trainee QPs wishing to gain better understanding of what really happens in manufacturing and testing. Share knowledge with industry and academic experts and solve real-life QP problems.

Key Learning Objectives

On completion of this course delegates will:

  • Have experienced a totally practical, hands-on lab-based training at one of the top schools of pharmacy in the UK
  • Understand the ‘why’ behind key pharma industry processes
  • Have become closer to products than is possible in a GMP environment
  • Have considered the impact of starting materials and risk-based supplier management programs
  • Gain a practical understanding on sterile products, tablets, continuous processing and analysis

Course Outline

Sterile Products

  • Manufacture a terminally sterilized injection
  • In-process controls and environmental monitoring
  • Inspection, analytical testing and sterility testing
  • Find out what’s really critical


  • Wet and direct compression technique
  • In-process controls
  • What goes wrong and the challenges faced by the QP
  • Critical control points

Continuous Processing

  • Introduction to continuous processing techniques and philosophy
  • Consideration of continuous processing and batch processes and their control
  • Continuous processing for product manufacture
  • Continuous processing for starting material and API manufacture


  • A range of analytical techniques to test raw and finished products
  • QP information to make decisions
  • Understand your analyst

Discussion and Working Groups

A significant proportion of the course time will be devoted to group work, where delegates have the opportunity, through case studies, to put theory into practice. Additionally, discussion periods, including a course tutor panel session, provide delegates with an opportunity to obtain answers to their specific question and concerns.

Who Should Attend

The Aspiring Qualified Person

  • Our training is generally considered as the best available and our QPs are held in high regard within the industry.
  • As well as being accepted in the UK, our training courses are well known and accepted by several other EU countries, including Ireland, The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary and Malta.
  • You are more likely to become a QP with us than with any other training provider!

The Pharmaceutical Technical Professional

  • Not all the people attending these courses intend to become QPs. Many use the training to develop as technical managers within other areas of pharmaceutical manufacture and control.
  • Many industry professionals from a range of disciplines attend the courses as part of their Continuing Professional Development. Taken with some of our other QP modules, this course is designed to lead to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc qualifications.

Find out why you should choose NSF for your QP training by visiting our qualified person training section

Course Tutors

Course tutors will be:

  • Mike Halliday - Mike has extensive experience as a hands-on tablet compression manager and manufacturing manager responsible for solid dose, liquids, creams and ointments and aseptic manufacturing for major multinationals.
  • Erika Notman - With over 25 years’ experience in the production and control of pharmaceuticals, latterly working within a CMO, Erika has worked with sterile and non-sterile products as a QP and in worldwide QA. She is passionate about the need to establish excellent working relationships throughout company operations.
  • Oona McPolin - Oona is a specialist in pharmaceutical analysis with over 20 years’ experience working in cGMP pharmaceutical laboratories. She is an expert in a range of analytical chemistry topics, including: data integrity; development, validation, and transfer of analytical methods; and HPLC.
  • David Waddington - David has over 30 years’ experience in QA roles supporting the manufacture of a wide range of different dosage forms for global supply including solid dose, liquids, sterile and natural products.
  • Plus tutors from the University of Strathclyde’s School of Pharmacy.

Other Dates and Venues for this Course

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Course Fees

Course cost (excluding VAT)  £3575.00


Multiple delegate booking discounts available. Discounts also offered to NHS staff, regulators,
charities and some self-funding individuals – contact us for details.

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