Introduction to pharmacovigilance

1 Day/s

CPD Hours: 7

Online, in-house

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of pharmacovigilance (PV), a key function in all pharmaceutical companies to ensure continuous oversight of benefit/risk of medicines and the early identification and management of safety concerns.



The course is suitable for anyone in the pharmaceutical industry that needs to gain knowledge of pharmacovigilance and drug safety. This could include those working in a pharmacovigilance and drug safety role that are new to pharmacovigilance or those in a junior role wishing to gain more knowledge and understanding.


Also relevant for Trainee QPs and to those working in Quality Assurance, Regulatory or Medical roles who need to understand the basic principles of pharmacovigilance and drug safety and start-up pharmaceutical companies with product/s currently at clinical trial stage with a need to understand pharmacovigilance/drug safety prior to gaining a MA license.

The course covers the following topics:


  • What is pharmacovigilance?
  • Why is pharmacovigilance important?
  • Legislative/regulatory framework
  • What is an adverse event/adverse drug reaction?
  • Overview – key aspects of pharmacovigilance and operational considerations
  • Common inspection findings

    At the end of the course, you will have gained the following :


    • Basic understanding of pharmacovigilance/drug safety (background, definitions) its importance in promoting patient safety
    • Basic knowledge of the legislation/regulations/guidelines governing pharmacovigilance and consequences of non-compliance
    • Understanding of what constitutes an adverse event/adverse drug reaction/safety information
    • High-level understanding of key aspects of pharmacovigilance operations and how this contributes to ensuring the timely mitigation of potential risks to patient safety

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Meet the tutors

Jacqueline Flounders

Jacqui has over 17 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, across diverse therapeutic areas and portfolios, Jacqueline has a broad knowledge and understanding of the legislative and regulatory requirements governing the pharmaceutical industry, with a specific focus on Pharmacovigilance/Drug Safety and the EU/UK regulatory framework. Jacqueline has significant experience in the implementation of fully compliant procedures across all aspects of Pharmacovigilance.

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