Introduction to pharmaceutical microbiology

1 Day/s

CPD Hours: 7

Online, in-house, e-Learning

This course is designed specifically as an introduction to the important topic of pharmaceutical microbiology. Intended for those seeking a clearer understanding of the topic and for Trainee QPs as a preface before attending our QP Pharmaceutical Microbiology module. The course reviews the impact of microbiology on many aspects of pharmaceutical manufacture and control. This course looks at the nature of micro-organisms, contamination sources and control, sterilisation and disinfection, and testing methodology (including modern counting and identification techniques). It will also cover some group aspects related to the microbiology laboratory.


SPECIAL OFFER - If you attend this course, you will receive a discount of £350 off the QP Pharmaceutical Microbiology training course.

This course will be of value to all personnel whose roles would benefit from a clearer understanding of this specialist area. This course is ideal for those new to the pharmaceutical industry working in production, technical support, quality control and quality assurance roles. In addition, it will also be of benefit to maintenance and support engineers who are involved in production areas and utilities.

This course includes the following topics :


  • Introduction to microorganisms and how they behave
  • Ecology and clinical significance
  • Introduction to sterilisation
  • Protection against contaminating microorganisms
  • Water microbiology
  • Microbiological testing
  • Developments in microbiological QC
  • GMP in the microbiology laboratory

    By the end of the course you will:


    • Understand the types and sources of different types of  micro-organisms that are related to pharmaceutical operations
    • Be aware of different techniques for the sterilisation of products and the associated components/equipment
    • Understand what checks and tests can be performed to help manage microbiological issues


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Meet the tutors

Jay Mulley

Jay is currently a lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Programme Director and Admissions Tutor for BSc Microbiology at the University of Reading. In addition to teaching I also lead a research group investigating a variety of exciting Microbiology projects including developing a new vaccine for Polio and researching mechanisms of action of metal-ion based antimicrobials. I completed my PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Reading in 2009.

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