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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.

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25-27 September 2024 »
from £1699

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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

This course is part of our GxP training (Good x Practice) course collection, which features a variety of topic areas to ensure you comply with the most recent quality guidelines. For more information on the latest EU GMP regulations, see our GMP training course covering the Annex 1.

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:

NPD Process

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

ICH Testing

  • Stability testing
  • Functionality testing

Special Climatic Conditions

Secondary & Tertiary Packaging Materials Part 1

  • Print Processes
  • Labels

Special aspects of pharmaceutical packaging

ICH Testing Continued.

  • Extraction/migration studies
  • Leachables, Extractables & Toxicological Issues
  • Case Study
  • The EU Perspective
  • The FDA Perspective: USP <661>

Key Properties of Various Primary Packaging Materials Part 1

  • Glass
  • Plastics (part 1)

Primary Packaging Materials Part 2

  • Plastics (part 2)

Primary Packaging Materials Part 3

  • Plastics (part 3)
  • Sachets
  • Blisters
  • Tubes

Primary Packaging Materials Part 4

  • Closures
  • Active Packaging
  • Aerosols

Secondary & Tertiary Packaging Materials Part 2

  • Leaflets
  • Cartons
  • Trade/Supply Chain Requirements
  • Specifications
  • Environment & Sustainability

Trade / transit requirements

Interactive session (Case Study: Group Exercise & Feedback)

Takeaway & Key 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.

More details

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

25-27 September 2024

Rembrandt Hotel

09:00-16:45 UK (London)
Course code 13892
Optional £240/€312/$360 per night

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

Until 21 Aug

  • 3 days classroom-based training
  • Optional accommodation - 3 nights including breakfast, checking in the day before the course
  • 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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Reviews of IPI's An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Packaging training course

Really enjoyed it. Thought it was well presented and clearly explained by Chris. I would recommend this course to others. Good pace and the information was clearly delivered.

Jan 31 2023

Andy Borg-Myatt
Artwork Specialist, Kyowa Kirin International

Jan 31 2023

Very informative course with lots of training material

Sanna Sutinen
Specialist, Quality Systems, FinVector Oy

Jan 31 2023

Webinar was very good and informative. It gave a very good overall regulatory summary and the fact that the group was small enabled to participate and ask direct live questions during the course of the agenda, which was for me very helpful.

Orit Shahaf
Director, Regulatory Affairs, Taro Pharmaceutical Industries

Sep 28 2021

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.

Angela Turner
RA Director,

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

  • Argenta
  • Argenta Dundee
  • Cycle Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Dermal Laboratories
  • Dermal Laboratories Limited
  • Dermal Laboratories Ltd
  • GSK
  • GSK R&D David Jack Centre
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Kyowa Kirin International
  • Martindale Pharma
  • Masters Speciality Pharma
  • Norgine
  • Norgine Ltd
  • Suerte Pharma Limited
  • Torbay Pharmaceuticals
  • Vectura Ltd


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


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


  • Galenica AB
  • Sobi
  • Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ)


  • GSK Vaccines
  • MSD


  • AbbVie GmbH & Co KG
  • DENTSPLY Implants Manufacturing GmbH


  • Gilead Sciences
  • Rottapharm Ltd


  • Pharma Two B Ltd
  • Taro Pharmaceutical Industries


  • Byondis
  • Norgine


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

Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Food and Drug Authority
  • SFDA


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


  • Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi SA
  • Molecular Gate SL

United States of America

  • Amicus Therapeutics
  • Portal Instruments


  • FinVector Oy


  • AS Kalceks

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2 days

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  • GBP 800
  • Per attendee, based on 10 attendees
  • 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 experts Aleksandra Beer and Yesim Nurko to discuss your requirements:

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Aleksandra Beer

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

Yesim Nurko

Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749