Joint Professional Bodies QP Symposium 2024

Future Proofing the QP Role

EPiC will be attending the Joint Professional Bodies QP Symposium 2024 on 15th May 2024.

Hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Chemistry, the JPB QP Symposium brings together peers across pharmacy, chemistry and biology. The theme of the symposium will be on “Future Proofing the QP Role” and the event is aimed at eligible QPs and trainee QPs. 

Our Managing Director, Richard Andrews will be presenting on ‘Qualified Persons in an Ever-changing World’  This presentation will highlight and explore the world in which QPs are now required to operate, giving consideration to areas such as product and technological developments, post-COVID practices, global supply chains and expanding regulations and guidance. Insights into the challenges faced by QPs in navigating this complex environment will be presented, along with thoughts on how they can be overcome. Points for trainee and practising QPs to consider in order to ensure they are fulfilling the requirements of their role, as well as their own potential, in an ever-changing world. 

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!

EU GMP Inspection Readiness: Path to Success

Following on from the how to prepare for a regulatory inspection advice we shared during our recent virtual symposium, one of EPiC’s GMP consultants has recently returned from helping a client in California with their inspection readiness activities in preparation for the site’s first EU GMP regulatory inspection.

The on-site consultancy support provided the opportunity for the inspection hosts and subject matter experts (SMEs) to gain an appreciation of the EU GMP inspection process style and what to expect. It highlighted general points for all staff as well as some specific Do’s and Don’ts.

Newfound Confidence

The visit provided recommendations for the management of the inspection with respect to hosting, tour, and the ‘back room’ logistics and provided the opportunity to practice the inspection document request system. The facility tour focused on identifying key GMP issues so that the consultant could work with the SMEs to develop recommendations to address any issues and provided an opportunity for the SMEs to practice presenting information to an inspector.

The client reported that our consultant had been “an amazing asset by highlighting some gaps, conveyed the likely criticality of those gaps, and provided recommendations on how to address.” The inspection readiness support has given the site a newfound confidence to approach the inspection with a realistic yet positive mindset.

The client reported that “whilst we know we will have some observations, we now feel confident that the site will show well and will be able to demonstrate that we are in a state of control”, which all bodes well for a successful inspection outcome.

Are you Inspection Ready?

Take a look at our recent top-tip article by Michelle Yeomans focusing on Inspection Readiness to help you stay calm and be prepared!

Get in touch if you want to know more about our mock inspections or bespoke inspection readiness training by using our contact form here: Contact Us

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!