QP pharmaceutical formulation and processing - part 1

2 Day/s

CPD Hours: 14

Classroom, online, in-house

RSC approved

The Qualified Person should have a thorough knowledge of formulation and processing of the medicinal products they are asked to certify.

The full course is structured over six-days and split into two parts. The course provides basic formulation principles, including preformulation studies, bioavailability considerations and the effect of excipients on physical and chemical stability. Each major product category is considered separately with respect to common formulations and processing techniques.

The course includes exercises on typical situations for the trainee QP to practice decision-making. Sessions on other key areas that a QP must understand including process validation and scale-up, facility design, utilities and sterilisation processes are included.

There is an optional practical day offered that enables delegates to gain hands-on experience in the preparation and evaluation of some formulations.


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This is a crucial module for QPs who are, or who will be involved in certifying commercial or investigational batches of medicinal products. The course is most suitable for delegates with no prior or a basic knowledge of the subject however would be of benefit to the more experienced.
The course includes the following topics and reinforced using group exercises:


  • Day 1
    • Introduction to Formulation
    • Dosage Forms & Routes of Administration
    • Introduction to Formulation continued (Bioavailability/ Pharmacokinetics)
    • Raw Materials in Pharmaceutical Products
    • Preformulation 1 (Solid State Properties)
    • Particle Size and Particle Size Analysis
    • Powder Mixing & Direct Compression
    • Blending
    • Granulation (wet granulation)
    • Drying & Milling
    • Questions on Granulation, Drying & Milling
    • Granulation (Dry Granulation)
  • Day 2
    • Lubrication & Compression
    • Tablet Processing
    • General Aspects of Solid Dosage Forms
    • Hard Gel Capsules
    • Tablet Coating
    • Solid Dose Modified Release Products
    • Soft Gel Capsules
    • Solid Dose Forms

    By the end of the course you will be able to:


    • Understand the key pre-formulation data that should be available and the impact of drug properties on product development
    • Demonstrate familiarity with commonly used excipients and understand the importance of sources and quality on product performance and safety
    • Demonstrate familiarity with formulation and manufacture of the major categories of pharmaceutical products
    • Understand the factors that can affect content uniformity, stability (physical, chemical and microbiological) and bioavailability
    • Understand the critical processing techniques, their limitations and critical control parameters
    • Understand principles of process validation, scale-up and technology transfer
    • Recognise the potential sources of cross contamination and mix-ups during manufacture of pharmaceutical products
    • Appreciate issues with storage and transportation of finished products
    • Be familiar with key annexes in the Orange Guide relating to processing and validating of products.

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Meet the tutors

Neil Wayman

Neil is a Microbiologist with over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Neil Treasurer of the Pharmaceutical Quality Group and actively involved in running the annual MHRA/PQG meeting. In 2012 he moved back to a role as QA Group manager, QP and RP on the license at AstraZeneca’s second largest manufacturing site at Macclesfield in Cheshire with primary responsible for the site QMS, internal and external inspections, licensing, issue management and recall. In 2018 he moved to AstraZeneca Corporate Quality as Global Quality Director primarily responsible as Global Business Process Owner for Complaints.

Elena Kabova

Elena is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Teaching and Research) at the University of Reading, specialising in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics. Elena graduated with a first class honours degree in Chemistry and then a PhD in Pharmacy.

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