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Advanced Pharmaceutical GMP Training Course

A 3-day intensive RSC Approved Advanced Pharmaceutical GMP training course for people wanting an in-depth appreciation of Pharmaceutical GMP delivered using our proven 'live online interactive' courseware enabling you to attend the course from your home or workplace and be heard and seen throughout, just as you would be if we were in a room together. In 2024 an 'in person' classroom course is also scheduled.
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Pharmaceutical Our 3-day Advanced Pharmaceutical GMP Training Course is aimed at people who need an in-depth appreciation of the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

The course covers the need for and history of Pharmaceutical GMP as well as the key GMP requirements at the various parts of a pharmaceutical manufacturing site, from goods-in to despatch of the finished product. The Advanced GMP training course is based on the requirements of UK and European Union (EU) GMP, with comparison of this to other GMPs also provided. Delegates will leave the course with a very  clear and well rounded knowledge of the requirements of Pharmaceutical GMP and how to apply these in the workplace.

Key features of our 3-day Pharmacetical GMP training course:

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Every learner who completes the course can download a Certificate with our logo and the RSC Approved Training logo  

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Network events with tutors and delegates

Delegates will have the opportunity to network with the course tutors and other delegates on the evenings of days 1 and 2 including optional 1-2-1 meetings with the tutors (either online or face to face).

Maximum class sizes

For maximum interactivity and effectiveness, our class size is limited to  either 10 delegates  (live online interactive)  or 12 delegates (classroom) with at least two tutors. The quality and effectiveness of our courses is unrivalled.

Lively and highly interactive course

Our 3-day format is designed to ensure that  this is a lively and highly interactive course with practical workshops and exercises throughout the programme. See the incredible feedback from delegates about our ‘live online interactive ‘ courses  in this article.

Help to deliver competitive advantage

Most of day 3 looks at the importance of a well-designed Quality Management System in ensuring your organisation meets regulatory expectations and outlines how to continually improve your QMS to deliver competitive advantage for your organisation.

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This course is available for in-house presentation, either on-site or virtually.  Please contact us for further details.

Booking details

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Course cost

The cost of the Advanced Good Manufacturing Practice training course is £1995 plus VAT. Course will be charged in GB pounds. For full details of what is included in the cost see below.

However delegates from outside the UK but within the European Union (EU) will not be charged VAT if they supply their own company’s national VAT number when booking. VAT will not be charged for any delegates coming from outside the EU.

What's included in cost

The cost includes:

  • Course folder containing copies of slides and supplementary notes and handouts.
  • Course attendance certificate with RSC Approved Training logo.
  • Full tutor support and access during course times.

Plus on Classroom courses refreshments and lunch are provided during course times.

Not Included on Classroom courses: Accommodation costs – which need to be booked directly with the hotel – see venue details.


Payment can be made by cheque, electronic transfer, credit or debit card. Payment must be made before the course start date. Either payment or a Purchase Order number will be required to secure a place on the course.

If you plan to pay by credit card then you should first look at this helpful information.

Alternatively, if you want to discuss any aspect of this Advanced GMP training course or want to reserve a place, please send an email with your enquiry or call +44 1635 866699.

Based Outside the UK?

If so, be sure to pick the ‘Tax Exempt’ options in the payment method list when you are  making a booking. If you are based in the EU then you must also enter your VAT number to qualify to be exempt from VAT.

Group Bookings - discounts of up to 50%

Book 2 or more individuals from the same company for the same course date to enjoy substantial discounts. The first booking is charged at the full published rate with the second booking charged at full published rate minus 20%. A third or fourth booking is charged at full published rate minus 50%. These discounts are applied automatically when you make a booking.

Classroom Venues and Live Online

Due to the success of our proven ‘live online interactive’ technology most of our courses are being delivered using this approach. Delegate feedback from these courses has been just as positive as our classroom courses and in addition, many people have enjoyed not having to travel and stay away in hotels. In 2024 we are also scheduling an ‘in person’ traditional classroom course – see the Course Dates panel for details. For venue and accommodation cost details click here. 

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Who will the Advanced Pharmaceutical GMP course benefit?

This Pharmaceutical GMP training course is aimed at people who work in Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Production personnel who need a greater appreciation of GMP than is often offered via traditional in-house GMP awareness training courses. The course is aimed at team leader and junior management level and is used as a development course for people who are to be managers of the future. The Pharmaceutical GMP training course is ideal for people who are new to the pharmaceutical industry and are in a role where a very good working knowledge of GMP is essential.

So that we can give the delegates the right amount of time and attention – we limit this course to a maximum of 10 delegates on ‘live online interactive’ events and 12 delegates on ‘in person’ classroom courses.

Course Times:

Online Times:

Day 1:            09.00 – 17.00 Optional informal live online event with tutors and delegates (17.30 – 19.00)

Day 2:            09.00 – 17.00 Optional 1-to-1 live online meetings with the tutors (17.30 – 19.00)

Day 3:            09.00 – 17.00 

Classroom Times:

Day 1 09.00 – 17.00 Optional drinks reception with the tutors 17.30 to 19.00
Day 2 09.00 – 17.00
Optional 1 to 1 meetings with the tutors 17.30 to 19.00
Day 3 09.00  – 16.30

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Course Details

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Course Overview

This course is presented over 3 days and provides a real depth of information on the main aspects of pharmaceutical GMP. During  the course the main GMP requirements for purchasing, goods-in, the warehouse, production, packaging, Quality Control and batch release are covered. In addition, the course also covers the main elements of the Quality Management System needed to provided medicines of the highest quality, including the requirements for documentation, training and system monitoring and review. The course is full of interactive exercises and workshops throughout the programme.

We also offer a 1-day course for those people who need more of an overview of GMP – for details click here.

And in addition, we offer a short online refresher and/or compliance GMP programme costing  £95 per learner – for more details click here. 

Day 1: The reasons for GMP and GMP in facility design

Why do we have GMP?

  • The history of GMP
  • Why do we have GMP?
  • Approval of medicines and manufacturers

GMP – rules and guidelines

Premises and facility design

  • Suitable premises and facility design
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning systems
  • Access, security and pest control

Equipment, maintenance and calibration

  • Selection of equipment and installation
  • Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM)
  • Calibration of measuring equipment

Validation, qualification and change control

  • The differences between validation and qualification
  • The different stages of validation
  • The importance of controlling changes

Water systems

  • The different types of water
  • Water system design, construction and monitoring

Networking event

  • Informal online networking event with tutors and fellow delegates (optional)

Day 2: GMP in practice – incoming materials to product release

Purchasing, incoming materials, suppliers and outsourced activities

  • GMP requirements for incoming materials
  • Supplier selection and control
  • Control of outsourced activities

The warehouse

  • Control of incoming materials
  • Storage of materials
  • Issue of materials to production
  • Control of rejected and returned materials


  • Different types of dosage forms
  • Initial checks of the area, equipment and materials
  • Documentation and records
  • Reporting of problems
  • Cleaning of the equipment and area


  • Packaging equipment design and facility layout
  • Control of materials and product
  • Overprinting of artwork

Quality Control

  • Good Control Laboratory Practice
  • Test specifications and pharmacopoeias
  • Analytical method validation and method transfer
  • Recording of results and release of materials
  • Ongoing stability storage and testing

Evening 1-to-1 tutor meetings

  • Speak to tutors in private online meeting regarding any specific concerns or queries (optional)

Day 3: GMP and the Quality Management System

People and training

  • Organisation charts, job descriptions and training records
  • GMP, hygiene and job specific training
  • Training design and evaluation

Key personnel in GMP

  • The Heads of Production, QC and the Qualified Person
  • The role of Quality and Quality Assurance
  • The importance of Senior Management

Documentation, records and data integrity

  • Control and approval of documents and records
  • Data Integrity and regulatory concerns
  • The use of computer systems

Quality Risk Management

  • The need to make decisions based on risk
  • ICH Q9 and its requirements
  • Reactive and proactive risk assessments

Deviations, incidents and complaints

  • CAPA systems – good and bad points
  • Problem-solving and root-cause analysis
  • Dealing with complaints effectively

Specific GMP requirements for certain types of products

  • Sterile products manufacturing
  • Biological products
  • Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products

The Quality Management System

  • Batch review and release
  • Product Quality Review
  • Internal auditing
  • Management review
  • Continual improvement
  • The requirements of ICH Q10

Choose which delivery method you prefer:

'In person' classroom course

For thise people who prefer learning away from their home or workplace we will be running one event using this format in 2024, Select the tabs below to find out more:

Available in Reading, UK in Spring 2024

With 2 and sometimes 3 expert facilitators and a maximum of 12 delegates we will ensure this event is inspirational, enjoyable and educational. 

What is involved?

We will send you detailed joining instructions once you have booked your place. You will need to book a local hotel if requiresd, ideally the hotel where the course is taking place. And, make your travel arrangements.

Classroom Venue Details

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Live Online Interactive Training

This course is currently available using our proven and very popular ‘live online interactive’ format. Select the tabs below to find out more:

Attend from home or whilst at work

With 2 expert facilitators and a maximum of 10 delegates our course will utilise state-of-the art interactive online classroom software that will enable you to:

  • chat online with the facilitators and other delegates
  • raise your ‘virtual’ hand to ask a question
  • participate anonymously in a poll or survey and see an instant display of the class results
  • undertake exercises on your own or in a group

And best of all no travel is needed nor a stay in a hotel saving you a lot of time, hassle and money.

As always we will ensure this event is inspirational, enjoyable and educational. 

What is involved?

We will send you a link to the live online interactive course with your joining instructions once you have booked your place. 

You should log into the training session 10-15 minutes before the start time, to ensure that you have set up the courseware  correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and be seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera — if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Why choose Inspired Pharma?

Expert Tutors

Dominic Parry has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since 1992 and is a leading pharmaceutical quality management specialist.  He initially worked for Evans Medical Limited as a Production Development Scientist.  He then moved to Hoechst Marion Roussel where he worked as a Quality Assurance Officer and then Validation Manager for the sterile manufacturing operations.

Over the past 20 years he has worked as a leading pharmaceutical trainer and Quality Management System specialist.  He works closely with pharmaceutical companies and their suppliers on evaluating, developing and continually improving their quality systems so that they add real-value to organisations.  He has a real passion for training in the pharmaceutical industry and has presented GMP and Quality Management related training courses all over the world.  He is an IRCA registered GMP Lead Auditor and regularly performs audits of pharmaceutical companies and their suppliers.

sterile products courseAndy Martin started working in the Pharmaceutical industry in 1985 for Smith & Nephew.  Following this he had a number of roles culminating when he took over as QA Microbiology Manager and then latterly as Microbiology Manager for Catalent Pharma Solutions.  In 2012 he became a consultant specialising in Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Quality Systems.

Matt is a dynamic, energetic and authentic trainer who demonstrates his passion and communicates this to all who encounter him. He began his Pharma career at Napp Laboratories before having short spells in related industries. He then spent 15 years with GlaxoSmithKline gaining extensive knowledge of GMP from roles in Packaging, Logistics and QC.

More recently, Matt worked as GMP Learning and Development Manager for Lonza Biologics and draws on all his varied experience to create a lively, relevant training environment.

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In this article, we move onto the personnel section, section 7.

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In this article we expand upon the equipment section but looking at Utilities as described in section 6.

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About Inspired Pharma

We help people in Pharma organisations to continually improve their regulatory systems to gain competitive advantage and ensure compliance.

We offer a wide range of highly praised and respected classroom and online training courses and also provide our global pharma clients with consultancy support. Our classroom courses are available on a public schedule and also can be customised for inhouse delivery at a client site.

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Our Public Course range

Most of our public courses are currently being delivered using our proven 'live online interactive' courseware enabling you to attend the course from your home or workplace and be heard and seen throughout, just as you would be if we were in a room together. In 2022 we began to once again offer traditional classroom courses - see details on each course page.

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Pharmaceutical GMP Auditor/Lead Auditor

Advanced Good Manufacturing Practice

Good Distribution Practice

Good Manufacturing Practice

Internal Auditor

GMP Problem Solving

Responsible Person (RP)

Sterile Products

Webinar: Microbiological control in pharmaceutical production 

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Data Integrity

Good Distribution Practice (GDP)

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

Pharma Quality Management Systems module

QP Medicinal Chemistry & Therapeutics module 

QP Quality Management Systems module

Each course typically consists of 10-20 minute chapters of content followed by a quiz based assessment. The QP courses feature tutor assessment too. The learning is accessed over the internet using desktop computers, laptops, tablets and even smartphones.

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