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Pharmaceutical GMP Audits and Self-Inspections

9-10 days
3,130 GBP excl. VAT
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Virtual Classroom
9-10 days
3,130 GBP excl. VAT
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Course delivery
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Course description

Pharmaceutical GMP Audits and Self-Inspections (A CQI and IRCA Certified Training GMP PQS Lead Auditor Course)

Gain the skills and tools that have taken many experienced auditors decades to develop in this CQI and IRCA certified training GMP PQS Lead Auditor course (No 1773).

Learn how to perform better audits and have the opportunity to become a Certified GMP Pharmaceutical Quality Systems Lead Auditor. Designed and developed by ex-MHRA inspectors and industry experts, and taught by highly experienced pharmaceutical auditors and former regulatory agency inspectors, this intensive, pharmaceutical lead auditor training course provides you the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to audit all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacture and control.

This course is designed for auditors assessing:

  • Manufacturing operations
  • Contract manufacturing organizations
  • API suppliers
  • Excipient suppliers
  • Packing component suppliers
  • Service providers

Built around personal practice, our curriculum follows the auditing guidance of ISO 19011, and includes a virtual audit of a facility that manufactures a range of dosage forms. Youll plan and prepare audits of the supplier and your own supplier audit system with exercises in teamwork planning, preparation, performance and addressing who, why and how we audit. Youll also be provided PQS and observations to find and classify, as well as the opportunity to practice an opening and close-out meeting. Further, delegates are assigned a personal tutor to address any questions they may have.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

Delegates who attend should have working pharmaceutical GMP knowledge gained from, ideally, three to five years experience, or by having taken NSFs GMP course. A team member will assess your level of experience prior to your attending the course.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

This course provides auditors with the knowledge, skills and tools to:

  • Understand the GMP context for pharmaceutical quality system lead auditors
  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of a GMP PQS
  • Provide guidance for auditors of suppliers, contractors, CMO service providers, outsourced activities and self-inspectors
  • Develop QPs and those auditing on behalf of QPs
  • Drive continuous improvement of systems and processes
  • Drive continuous improvement of auditors and audit systems

Training Course Content

Course Outline

Principles and Audit Planning

  • Planning and preparation
  • Audit types and techniques
  • Establishing an audit program for suppliers, contractors and company sites
  • Internal vs. external audits
  • The audit process

Auditor Skills and Competencies

  • What makes a good auditor
  • Communication skills questioning and listening
  • Body language and non-verbal communication
  • Overcoming apathy, resistance and aggression
  • Effective note taking
  • Auditor continuing professional development
  • Assessing the auditor
  • Managing auditors

Initiating, Preparing and Conducting the Audit

  • Materials management
  • Documentation systems
  • Pharmaceutical quality systems
  • Sterile products
  • Oral solid dose
  • Packaging and many more

Concluding the Audit

  • Wrap-up
  • Follow-up


Teamwork and individual exercises are continuously assessed for the duration of the training course and there is a final exam. Should an auditor fail the exam, they will be offered the opportunity to retake it at no additional cost.

Why choose NSF International, Health Sciences

Trained over 1,300 delegates on our CQI and IRCA certified GMP PQS lead auditor training course

Provided expert health sciences training for over 30 years

More people have become ‘Qualified Persons’ in Europe through our training programme than any other training provider

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Average rating 5

Based on 3 reviews.
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Jan Bernaards
03 Nov 2017

It was an excellent training with experienced and knowledgeable trainers. I will definitely use in practice from what I have learned this week.

Kate Waterhouse, Napp Pharmaceuticals, UK
26 Aug 2016

Intense and challenging but brilliant. Very interactive and set at a level for all levels of experience. Presented extremely well with very knowledgeable tutors.

Duncan Mackenzie / Pharmasol
17 Aug 2016

I walk away from the course with immense confidence in how to approach my next audit and furnished with lots of continuous improvements for my company's audit system.



Multiple participant and early bird booking discounts available. Discounts also offered to NHS staff, regulators and charities.

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