Pharmaceutical Quality Systems Training


April 15 – 18, 2024

York, United Kingdom

4 days

Virtual Learning
September 30 – October 3, 2024

16 hrs VILT, 12 hrs self-paced

4 days


About This Course

Do more than just reduce costs. Learn how to simplify systems and add value to your company. In this intensive, highly interactive course you learn the essential elements of an effective, compliant and modern pharmaceutical quality system (PQS). We show you how to implement, monitor and manage a quality system that meets the needs of all major international regulatory agencies.

As QPs and quality professionals, you cannot certify or release products and stay in business unless your PQS is under control. A vast majority of adverse inspection findings relate to the PQS. Our course helps you decide if yours is effective, fit for purpose and working well or if not, you will learn what to do.

The quality of your products depends on the quality of your people and the effectiveness of the PQS. A properly functioning PQS should be a business management system that drives continuous improvement and cost savings.

Attend this course if you want to:

  • Learn how to do more with less
  • Simplify your PQS to improve speed and flexibility

Pharmaceutical quality systems training is for anyone who monitors all or part of a PQS. In addition to providing invaluable oversight to senior leaders, this course meets the requirements of Annex 16 and other key EudraLex chapters and annexes.

This course is offered either virtually, or in-person in York, UK. If you choose our virtual learning option, training will be delivered via a combination of an instructor-led virtual classroom and self-paced learning online. Full details will be sent to you following registration.

This pharmaceutical quality systems course is Royal Society of Chemistry approved as suitable for its members’ continuing professional development.

Key Learning Objectives

On completion of this pharmaceutical quality systems training course delegates will know and understand:

  • What is a PQS and what is in a PQS
  • Industry norms and best practices
  • QP decisions
  • How the PQS is applied throughout the lifecycle of a medicinal product
  • How to demonstrate to inspectors and management that the PQS is effective
  • The impact of culture on the PQS

Course Outline

  • Principles and expectations of the PQS
    • Product lifecycle
    • PQS elements
    • International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) Q8, 9, 10 and the PQS
  • Senior management and the PQS
  • People – selection and development
  • Documentation – data integrity
  • Change management
  • Supply chain management and Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
  • Facilities, equipment and services management
  • Validation
  • QP relationships and release scenarios
  • Deviation management
  • Audits and self-inspections
  • Complaints and recalls
  • Product quality reviews (PQRs) and management reviews
  • Continuous improvement and quality metrics

Who Should Attend

The Aspiring Qualified Person

  • Our PQS training is generally considered as the best available and our QPs are held in high regard in the industry
  • As well as being accepted in the UK, our training courses are well known and accepted by several 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 in 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

Course Tutors

Course tutors will be selected from the following:


Multi-delegate discounts available. Discounts also offered to NHS staff and charities.