Making Pharmaceuticals Conference 2024

The EPiC Team

Pharma Discovery to Distribution

The EPiC team were pleased to be able to attend the UK’s Making Pharmaceuticals Conference 2024 in Coventry from 23rd to 24th April 2024.

The two-day conference covered topics spanning the entire product lifecycle, from discovery to distribution, and it was a fantastic opportunity to explain and promote our services to the conference attendees as well as meet with many of our current and past clients

EPiC delivered two presentations at the event. Darren Jones presented ‘Annex 1—Current & Future Deficiencies’, which identified areas where the pharmaceutical Industry routinely failed to comply with the previous Annex 1 and looked ahead to predict the potential compliance ‘pitfalls’ within the revised guidance and how to avoid these. 

Lewis Corbett presented on ‘Inspection Readiness’, which covered what being inspection-ready means in practice based on insights from former MHRA Inspectors. It highlighted expectations for PQS documentation, completion of operational activities, and examples of how to leverage output from the PQS to confirm GMDP compliance and prepare for a regulatory inspection.

The conference brought together industry leaders, professionals, and experts to share knowledge, insights, and innovations in the pharmaceutical field. Attending this event was an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations, learn about developments in the industry, and contribute to ongoing advancements in healthcare.

We’ve already signed up to attend again next year, so be sure to save the date and join us on 29th and 30th April 2025!

CPD Accreditation for EPiC’s Virtual GMDP Symposium 2023

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is becoming increasingly important for professionals in all industry sectors, regardless of their career level, job role, or responsibilities. Employers and professional bodies are placing more emphasis on the continuous learning and development of their employees and members.

EPiC Auditors has become a member of the CPD Certification Service which is recognised as the world’s leading and largest CPD accreditation service with over 25 years of experience. An application is in progress to accredit EPiC’s Virtual GMDP Symposium on 5th December 2023  to enable us to award CPD points to attendees of the event.

By being an accredited training provider, EPIC Auditors adds value to the learning experience of their symposium delegates by providing a quality framework that aligns their courses the event content with CPD standards and provides a recognised, independent verification of the learning outcomes and the CPD points awarded.

To find out more about CPD and our membership visit The CPD Certification Service (cpduk.co.uk)

EPiC CPD Membership Certificate

Agenda Announced For EPiC’s Virtual GMDP Symposium 2023 

Announcing EPiC Auditors Virtual Symposium 2023

EPiC can now reveal our full agenda for our Virtual GMDP Compliance Symposium,  Beyond the Basics: Mastering GMDP Compliance and Inspection Readiness, taking place on Tuesday 5th December 2023.

Agenda Overview:

  • Recent Updates to Guidance & Regulations
  • How do you know you are Inspection Ready?
  • Deficiency Data-Interpretation & Root Cause Analysis
  • Innovation and ATMP Panel Discussion
  • Annex 1 – Contamination Control Strategy (CCS) / Gap Assessments – Workshop
  • ICH Q9 (new revision) – Risk Assessment
  • GDP Masterclass – challenges faced by RPis, The Windsor Framework update, GDP inspection approaches
  • Q&A Panel Session

Download the full agenda here:

Please take note that our schedules are subject to changes, depending on the situation at the discretion of the organisers.


🔍Meet the Experts🔎

Our carefully selected speakers bring a wealth of industry knowledge, having served as MHRA Inspectors. Their expertise and insights will provide you with invaluable guidance in navigating the complex landscape of regulatory compliance.

Discover how our expertise can take you beyond the ‘basics’ and propel your organisation towards excellence in pharmaceutical manufacturing and compliance!

Click here to read more about our speakers!

Not available on the day? We understand your schedule may not allow you to attend all the sessions of the event. A recording of the event will remain open 24/7 for 30 days. You can access the presentations whenever it’s convenient for you during this time.

Have a question? Need to register multiple people or pay offline?

Please email enquiries@epic-auditors.co.uk

We hope to see you there!

EX MHRA GMDP INSPECTOR IAN REES JOINS THE EPIC TEAM

pharmaceutical compliance

EPiC Auditors are thrilled to announce that Ian Rees, a renowned pharmaceutical compliance expert and former Expert MHRA GMDP Inspector, has joined our team as an independent consultant.

With an impressive career spanning over 40 years, twenty of which were with the MHRA, Ian brings a wealth of invaluable experience to our organisation. 

During his time at the MHRA, in addition to being a GMDP Inspector Ian was the Unit Manager for the Inspectorate Strategy and Innovation team, represented the Agency on the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) GMDP Inspectors Working Group, was chair of the EMA/HMA’s Joint Audit Program (JAP) and was the MHRA representative at EU Blood Authority Meetings which regulates blood used for transfusion. 

In 2013 Ian helped to establish the MHRA’s Innovation Office and in 2014 the UK cross regulatory ‘One Stop Shop’ which provides regulatory advice and guidance to organisations developing innovative products or novel manufacturing processes.  

Prior to leaving the MHRA Ian became an assessor in the newly created Science Research and Innovation Group which incorporated the Innovation Office and was the MHRA’s representative at the Innovation Accelerator, a UK cross-industry regulatory group established to support innovations. He also led MHRA’s work in developing a new regulatory framework for distributed and point of care manufacture. 

A Vet by training Ian also has a background in veterinary medicines and was a GMP inspector at the UK’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate where he was also involved official batch release, scheduling of inspections and assessment of dossiers of immunological veterinary medicinal products. 

With his extensive expertise, Ian brings a comprehensive understanding of national and international regulatory processes, ATMPs, biologicals, and biotechnology manufacturing systems, as well as Quality Management System requirements. 

We are privileged to have Ian Rees join the EPiC team, enhancing our capabilities and expanding our consultancy services to support innovation. His exceptional track record and knowledge of the complex regulatory landscape will undoubtedly be of benefit to our clients

Richard Andrew, EPiC Managing Director & Senior Consultant  

To read the bio and full CV for Ian Rees and our other experts’ visit Meet Our Experts  

Pharmaceutical Industry Experts  

At EPiC Auditors, our expertise lies in providing comprehensive pharmaceutical compliance auditing services, regulatory compliance guidance, and expert insights to pharmaceutical companies. As a leading auditing and GxP quality assurance consultancy firm, we specialise in ensuring that the highest quality standards are achieved and maintained within the pharmaceutical industry. Our seasoned team of former Regulatory Agency professionals are committed to our mission of ensuring the safety, efficacy, and quality of pharmaceutical products, ultimately contributing to the well-being of patients worldwide. 

If you need our help and support then please contact us on +44 (0)1244 980544 or e mail us at enquiries@epic-auditors.com 

Making Pharmaceuticals Conference

Serious about Making Pharmaceuticals?

Our Directors Richard Andrews and Darren Jones will be joining GMP Healthcare Ltd on stand 220 at this year’s Making Pharmaceuticals Conference in Coventry on the 25th – 26th April 2023.

As the largest Pharmaceutical Event in the UK, it covers everything from Processing, Medical Devices, Regulatory, Clinical Testing, Research & Development, Operational Excellence, Pharmaceutical Quality, Serialisation, Clinical Trial Testing, Ingredients / Excipients, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Packaging & Labelling, New Technologies & Data Management.

We will be on hand to discuss any challenges you are facing and offering our expertise to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as other associated healthcare clients, to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance and excellent pharmaceutical quality systems, to best industry standards.

Registrations are open for your complimentary Exhibition & Conference passes. It will be great to catch up with clients and colleagues old and new. If you are attending, please come along and say hello at the Making Pharmaceuticals Conference!

Making Pharmaceuticals Conference

WE SPECIALISE in helping pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as other associated healthcare clients, to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance and excellent pharmaceutical quality systems, to best industry standards. As ex MHRA inspectors, we know how the Regulators work and think. No consultants know how the MHRA operates better than we do.  We specialise in mock inspections; GXP audits, supply chain and system audits. We work with large organisations but also have a particular interest in supporting new and expanding small companies including wholesalers; contract laboratories and clinical development laboratories.