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Pharmaceutical Packaging

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Course description

Pharmaceutical Packaging

This highly interactive four-day pharmaceutical packaging training course is designed to answer that question. It provides aspiring Qualified Persons and other pharmaceutical professionals with the knowledge and understanding they need to manage, oversee, control or audit all aspects of packaging activities. Topics range from the control of printed packaging components and secure storage to distribution of medicines and points of dispensing.

Take ideas for improvement back to your workplace. Our QP pharmaceutical packaging course covers all important aspects of the packing process and their associated Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and pharmaceutical quality system (PQS) challenges. This includes selection of suitable materials, pack design, pack security and design/control of packing processes. From starting components to patient, our course provides a detailed review of the supply chain so you can design your ideal packaging department that is ready for inspection.

This course is approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry as suitable for its members continuing professional development.

Suitability - 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.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

On completion of this course participants will know and understand:

  • The QP study guide expectations for packaging
  • Background to different packaging materials and their selection, uses control and impact on product stability
  • Pack design considerations to protect the patient including labelling, anti-counterfeiting, tamper evidence and serialization
  • Regulatory aspects of packaging
  • Supply chain management from supplier selection to CMOs, distributors, storage, transportation and the patient
  • Packaging operations and their risks and control
  • New changes and challenges to packaging
  • Packaging issues impacting QP and QA decisions

Training Course Content

Packaging Components

  • Primary (contact) materials, their composition and properties
  • Choosing the most appropriate material for specific applications
  • Artwork management
  • Requirements for receipt, sampling and testing
  • Supplier considerations, audits, agreements and standards e.g. PS9000

Regulatory Aspects

  • Stability testing requirements
  • Labelling regulations
  • Marketing authorisation application requirements for packaging components

Pack Design

  • Good design practices to aid the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and patient
  • Reducing the risk of mix-up

The Packaging Process

  • Packaging operations the GMP challenges
  • Facility design considerations
  • Packaging machinery selection and qualification
  • Automatic security and detection systems
  • In-process controls
  • Line clearance
  • Including a visit to a modern packaging facility

The Route to the Patient

  • Fundamentals of good distribution practice
  • Controlled temperature storage and distribution
  • Wholesale dealing including a visit to a wholesaler

Concerns for the QP

  • Counterfeits anti-counterfeiting, tamper evidence and serialization
  • Controlling packaging processes

Course delivery details

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.

All of NSF's pharmaceutical training courses can be brought on-site, tailored to your key concerns and delivered at a time that suits you.

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 4.8

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A. Dinsmore
17 Jan 2019
Well structured materials

Well structured materials and supporting documents, specifically with ref to guidance documents even to chapter level very good. The trainers/tutors are still working in industr...

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L. Johnson
19 Jan 2018

Lots of good real‐life examples. Pharmacy and distributer was very eye‐opening!

Kevin Groom, Napp Pharmaceuticals, UK
03 Jan 2016

It has made me very aware of the importance and complexities of packaging.



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