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An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Packaging Training Course

This course provides an essential overview of pharmaceutical packaging and will be valuable for newcomers to this field. It will also act as a good refresher for those with more experience.

★★★★★ "Job well done and beyond expectations. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn anything ... more"

31 Jan-3 Feb 2023
+ 2 more dates

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  • Format: Live online, Classroom
  • CPD: 12 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion

Course overview

Pharmaceutical packaging is a very specialised area with its own unique issues and challenges. This introductory course will provide delegates with a good basic grounding and appreciation of what is required for the packaging of pharmaceutical and healthcare products.

A regulatory overview will be given by an expert in the field to ensure that all participants are fully aware of the requirements. The programme will then address the choice of packaging and discuss compatibility, ICH testing, extractables and leachables. There will be detailed coverage of the role of packaging in new product development, together with the main pharmaceutical packaging formats and materials available. Sessions on trade and transit requirements, environment, artwork, and more specific areas such as child-resistant closures and tamper-evident packaging will complete the course and ensure that all delegates leave with a comprehensive understanding of all key aspects of this topic.

Benefits of attending:

  • Gain a useful insight into packaging component and material selection
  • Learn key properties of various packaging materials/systems
  • Appreciate pack testing and evaluation
  • Better understand packaging component specifications
  • Hear about printing processes and controls
  • Acquire knowledge on artwork generation and control
  • Ensure that you comply with the regulatory requirements
  • Learn about transit packaging
  • Consider trade/supply chain requirements

Who should attend?

Whether you are new to the industry, have a basic understanding of pharmaceutical packaging or are more familiar with the area but looking for a refresher, this course will provide you with valuable knowledge and insights from an expert who has worked in the field for more than 25 years.

Those who would benefit from attending include:

  • Account managers
  • Artwork producers
  • Auditors
  • Business developers
  • Clinical trial suppliers
  • Logistics personnel
  • Packaging design/labelling personnel
  • Project managers
  • Purchasers
  • Quality assurance and control personnel
  • Regulatory personnel
  • Suppliers to the industry
  • Technical writers

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The An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Packaging course will cover:

The role of pharmaceutical packaging

Regulatory and GMP Requirements

  • Agencies, guidelines and legislation
  • Dossier requirements
  • International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH)
  • Common Technical Document (CTD)
  • Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC)
  • Differences between submissions in the EU and USA
    • Bar coding (briefly) – EAN, 2D – datamatrix, QR
    • Counterfeiting and product security
    • Drug Quality and Security Act
    • Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

Product Security & Emerging Pharma Legislation

Choice of pharmaceutical packaging

  • Compatibility and ICH testing
  • Testing and evaluation
    • Extractables and leachables

Pack Testing and Evaluation - ICH

Special Climatic Conditions

Leachables & Extractables

Case Study

New product development (NPD) process and role of packaging

Main pharmaceutical packaging formats and materials

  • Primary – key properties – glass, plastics, metals, blisters, laminates, tubes, aerosols, closures
  • Secondary – pharmaceutical labelling – labels, leaflets (PILs), cartons
  • Manufacture, benefits, potential Issues, testing

Trade / transit requirements



Some special requirements for packaging

  • Medical devices – (briefly) – Categories, CE marking requirements
  • Child resistant closures
  • Tamper evidence
  • Readability
  • Braille
  • Patient compliance

Key takeaway messages

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Chris Penfold
Design Cognition

Chris Penfold is an experienced Freelance Packaging Development Specialist and Consultant; a self-motivated, achievement oriented, confident and creative leader with a proven track record in general and technical management. He is a packaging professional with over 25 years packaging development and NPD experience working on £million-brands in the OTC, healthcare and Rx pharma arenas for ‘blue-chip’ multinational companies such as Glaxo (GSK), CIBA (Novartis), Boots Healthcare and Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare.

He is an MBA graduate and Chartered Marketer with extensive cross-functional experience in a broad spectrum of related disciplines, including marketing, supply chain, QC and production. An ‘International Player’ with experience working in various European countries, Middle East, North America and extended business trips to the Far East. Underpinned by proven interpersonal skills, the ability to make things happen and experience gained from independent international consultancy projects and running his own business, Design Cognition Ltd.

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Book An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Packaging Live online/Classroom training

NEW higher discounts for multiple bookings - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate*
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate*
  • 50% off the 4th delegate*

Please contact us for pricing if you are interested in booking 5 or more delegates

31 Jan-3 Feb 2023

Live online

13:00-16:45 UK (London) (UTC+00)
14:00-17:45 Paris (UTC+01)
08:00-11:45 New York (UTC-05)
Course code 12525

  • GBP 1,099 1,299
  • EUR 1,589 1,869
  • USD 1,817 2,129

Until 27 Dec

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23-25 May 2023

Live online

09:00-17:00 UK (London) (UTC+01)
10:00-18:00 Paris (UTC+02)
04:00-12:00 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 12665

  • GBP 1,349 1,649
  • EUR 1,939 2,359
  • USD 2,201 2,669

Until 18 Apr

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27-29 Sep 2023

Rembrandt Hotel

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 12342

  • GBP 1,699 1,999
  • EUR 2,449 2,869
  • USD 2,801 3,269

Until 23 Aug

  • 3 days classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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* Early booking discounts may not be combined with other discounts or offers. As such, the discounts for 2nd/3rd/4th delegates are based on the full price.

Reviews of IPI's An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Packaging training course

Job well done and beyond expectations. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn anything about packaging. Documentation was outstanding and extremely helpful and amazingly well described.

Sep 28 2021

Angela Turner
Associate Director GRA,

Sep 28 2021

Overall I quite enjoyed the webinar. Everything was thoughtful and easy to perceive. Particularly I liked the part when speaker introduced with the requirements of registration purposes in United States and compared with EU regulations.

Alise Spakevica
AS Kalceks

Sep 26 2018

Chris was friendly, approachable he has a wealth of knowledge and was happy to answer any questions. The course was very informative, its given me an insight into Regulatory overview and New Product developments and requirements of materials. Happy with the file given which can be referred back to if needed.

Lisa Hughes
Data & Artwork Implementation Administrator, Norgine Ltd

Apr 25 2018

Everything was excellent.

Iva Kapetanovic
Associate in Quality Management Department , ALIMS (Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia)

Apr 25 2018

All compliments. The course was very interesting and covered a lot of topics in this area.

Milan Milojevic
Associate in Licensing Department for Human Medicines, ALIMS (Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia)

Sep 26 2018

I enjoyed this course, I felt it delivered on its content and would recommend to a colleague. I think the speaker was knowledgeable in his field and facilitated open and interesting discussions throughout the course which meant people were comfortable to ask questions...

Becky Greenan
Senior Manager , Vectura Ltd

Apr 25 2018

Good informative slides covering the whole process.

Leah Frederiksen
Regulatory Affairs Compliance Officer, Martindale Pharma

United Kingdom

  • GSK
  • Kyowa Kirin International
  • Martindale Pharma
  • Masters Speciality Pharma
  • Norgine
  • Norgine Ltd
  • Suerte Pharma Limited
  • Torbay Pharmaceuticals
  • Vectura Ltd


  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
  • Galderma SA
  • Vifor Pharma Ltd.
  • Vifor Pharma Management Ltd.


  • Beohringer Ingelheim Animal Health Nordics
  • LEO Pharma A/S
  • Novo Nordisk


  • GSK Vaccines
  • MSD


  • AbbVie GmbH & Co KG
  • DENTSPLY Implants Manufacturing GmbH


  • Gilead Sciences
  • Rottapharm Ltd


  • BIAL - Portela & Ca, S.A.
  • Tilray Portugal, Unipessoal Lda.


  • ALIMS (Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia)
  • Hemofarm a.d.


  • Galenica AB
  • Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ)

United States of America

  • Amicus Therapeutics
  • Portal Instruments


  • Pharma Two B Ltd


  • AS Kalceks


  • Norgine

Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Food and Drug Authority


  • Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi SA

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Run An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Packaging Live online/Classroom for your team

2 days

Typical duration

Pricing from:

  • GBP 800
  • Per attendee
  • Course tailored to your requirements
  • At your choice of location, or online


We can customise this course to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

Contact our in-house training expert Aleksandra Beer to discuss your requirements:

Multiple colleagues? See above for details of our discounts for 2, 3, or 4 delegates. For more, talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

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Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749