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SMi’s 5th Annual Conference
Pharmaceutical Microbiology East Coast
April 27-28 2022 | Boston, US
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Microbiology remains an essential tool in reducing microbial growth in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, to detect and eliminate microorganisms that would pose a risk to patients and jeopardise product batches.


Ensuring the sterility of the finished product continues to be one of the most critical aspects of drug development, however an array of factors is driving growth and transformation in this field. The regulatory landscape is changing, firstly with the preparation of Annex I, in addition to increasing requirements pertaining to data integrity. Light is being shed on recent product recalls for mould contamination and infection outbreaks serves as a reminder to pay more attention to these overlooked organisms, as well as considerations towards container closure integrity testing which is being increasingly deployed to block microbe movement.


On top of this, the developing integration of automation and robotics into the manufacturing pipeline, as well as the increased need for more rapid microbiology methods brought about in part by the surge in ATMPs, are all highlighting the necessity of the field in Pharma.
This industry is ever expanding -- join leading experts in 2022 to discuss and analyse the latest advances and challenges surrounding Pharmaceutical Microbiology. Network with industry professionals, discuss revisions in regulatory and guidance documents, and gain a deeper insight into this corner of the field.


To register your interest or to get involved please contact: eshambler@smi-online.co.uk
 

Heads of Aseptic Processing
Heads of Microbiology
Global Quality Directors
Heads of GMP Compliance
Quality & Compliance Heads
Microbiology Senior Specialists
Directors of Quality Control Biology
Quality Control Managers
Quality Assurance Managers
Lean Managers
Operations Managers
Heads of Site Compliance
Heads of Sterile Technology
Global Microbiology Analytical Experts
Cleanroom Managers
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Production Managers
Quality Systems Managers
 

Previous attendees include:

 

Allergy Therapeutics Ltd; AllergyTherapeutics; Associates of Cape Cod; Associates Of Cape Cod International; AstraZeneca; AstraZeneca PLC; Baxter; Baxter Healthcare Ltd; BioMerieux; bioMerieux UK Limited; BioPhorum; Boehringer Ingelheim; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG; Charles River EMD; Christian Doppler Laboratory for Monitoring of Contaminants, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna; Copan; Copan Group; Copan Italia SpA; CTL - Mat; David P Elder Consultancy; European Patent Office; Fagron; Freeline; Fresenius Kabi; Fresenius Kabi UK Ltd; GSK; GSK Vaccines; GW Pharma ; King's College London ; Kite Pharma ; Lonza; MeiraGTx; Meriagtx; Mettler Toledo; Mettler Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Thornton; MHRA; MIcrobiologics; Microgenetics Ltd; Novo Nordisk; Oxford Biomedica Ltd; Paul Ehrlich Institut; PHSS: Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Sciences Society; Reading Scientific Services Ltd; Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL); Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.; RSSL; Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH; SDA Pharma; Steris Corporation; Techniconsult Firenze SRL; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna; VCCN/Brookhuis Applied Data Intelligence; Veltek Associates, Inc.;

 

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

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The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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