Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Learn How to Manufacture Safe Medicines in a Regulated Environment

  • Learn how medicines are made using GMPs
  • Use risk management tools to make better decisions
  • Online, Part-time. Study while you work


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Learn How to Manufacture Safe Medicines in a Regulated Environment

How do you make the safe and effective medicines? What do NASA and the pharmaceutical industry have in common?
Learn the answers and more in this module.

Get a broad understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, the rules that govern manufacturing and the guidelines on how these rules are applied.
Learn how to apply the cGMPs (current Good Manufacturing Practices) to manufacture safe medicines and medical devices.
Use risk management tools to make good decisions in real life manufacturing situations.
Understand the manufacture technologies for active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), biopharmaceuticals, and medical devices.
Finished Medicinal Products Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing (Up & Downstream)
API Manufacturing
Medical Devices
Sterile Manufacturing
cGMPs and Quality Management Systems
ISPE Baseline Guide 5 / ASTM E2500
IQ/OQ/PQ and Process Validation
Continuous Improvement and CAPAs (ICH Q10)
Quality Risk Management Techniques and Tools
(ICH Q9)
Cleaning Validation

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or: Why this is an Online Course You’ll Actually Finish!

Each week, you’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, interactive activities and projects through our online platform, available to access 24/7.
Online courses can start off great, but staying motivated can be a challenge. So, you’ll get regular feedback reports (and emails or phone calls if you fall behind!) to keep you on track.
Because it’s online, there are no long commutes, traffic jams or crowded trains to deal with on the way to class. Study at home after the kids have gone to bed.
Your working schedules are unpredictable so we offer flexible delivery. Slow down, speed up or pause the delivery of the course.
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Joe Brady

Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology

Dr. Joe Brady is an assistant lecturer with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Joe is a certified trainer, and highly experienced in competency based training. He designs and prepares educational modules and full academic courses ranging from MSc, MEngSc. BSc, to Certificate level, for a range of academic institution.

He is also a supervisor for MSc/MEngSc and PhD theses. Joe has over seventeen years project experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries in Ireland, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, France and the USA.


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Week 1 – Manufacturing Safe Medicines

  • Finished Medicinal Products
  • Introduction to Quality Risk Management (QRM)
  • Risk Management Tools – Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Clinical Trials
  • Focus on Patient Safety and Product Quality
  • Process Validation

Week 2 – GMP’s and Quality Management Systems

  • ISPE Baseline Guide 5 – Commissioning & Qualification Practices
  • Risk Management Tools – Cause and Effect Diagram
  • ISO 9001:2008 ‘Quality Management Systems – Requirements’
  • Good Engineering Practices (GEP)
  • ASTM E 2500– 07 Standard Guide for Specification, Design, and Verification of Equipment

Week 3 – Good Automated Manufacturing Practices (GAMP)

  • GAMP5 – Software Categories & Scalable Validation Deliverables
  • GAMP5 – Operation Activities
  • Risk Management Tools – Failure Mode, Effects (and Criticality) Analysis (FMEA / FMEAC)
  • GAMP5 – Risk-Based Decision Making
  • Product Quality and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)

Week 4 – API Manufacturing Technologies

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Separation Technologies
  • Batch Organic Chemical Synthesis
  • Risk Management Tools – Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA)
  • Multi-Stage Sequence API Synthesis
  • Regulatory guidelines for synthetic API Manufacturing
  • Relationship Between BPC and API

Week 5 – Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Technologies

  • Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing, Upstream, Fermentation
  • Cellular Protein Synthesis
  • Risk Management Tools – Hazard Operability Analysis (HAZOP) –TC
  • Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing – Downstream Processing – Column Chromatography
  • Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing: Special Considerations

Week 6 – Cleaning Validation

  • Engineering Aspects of Cleaning, and Cleaning Equipment
  • Chemistry Aspects of Cleaning
  • Risk Management Tools – Event Tree Analysis (ETA)
  • Cleaning Validation
  • ISO-9001 ‘Continual Improvement’ & ICH Q10 Pharmaceutical Quality System

Week 7 – Medical Devices and Sterile Manufacturing

  • Tablet Manufacturing
  • Vial Filling & Freeze Drying
  • FDA Medical Device Rules
  • Risk Management Tools – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Medical Devices – EU Classification
  • Aseptic & Sterile Manufacturing
  • Medical Device Regulations and Guidelines

Week 8 – PQ OQ IQ

  • PQ, OQ IQ
  • Documenting the Quality Risk Management Process
  • Product Realization & Pharmaceutical Development

Complete an End of Module Assignment

Write a paper on “Why cGMPs are required for the manufacture of a life sciences product”.

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You will receive an end of course certificate from GetReskilled which along with others modules can build into an academic accreditation from the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) subject to the following criteria;

  • Passing a written or oral exam on the materials.
  • The submission of all assessments and the end of module assignment.

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