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Pharmacovigilance for Drug Safety, Regulatory Affairs and PV Auditors - Broadening your Knowledge Training Course

This course has been designed for those wishing to learn more than the basics of Pharmacovigilance, who want to expand their knowledge and explore what they would like to understand next in this complex area.

2-4 October 2023
from £1349

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  • Format: Live online
  • CPD: 18 hours for your records
  • Certificate of completion


The importance of drug and medical device safety is paramount and the regulations and requirements applicable to the discipline of pharmacovigilance are extensive and complex.

This course has been designed for those wishing to learn more than the basics of Pharmacovigilance, who want to expand their knowledge and explore what they would like to learn next in this complex area.

It will give a comprehensive overview of all aspects of PV from global pharmacovigilance and safety standards to where drug safety fits within the company. Safety reporting, adverse reactions vs adverse events, and clinical drug safety will be addressed. It will introduce Medical Device reporting and look at both EU and FDA regulations. Pre-clinical animal and in-vitro studies will also be covered as will post-marketing drug safety. How to collect quality data and specific clinical areas such as Pregnancy and At Risk Groups will be discussed.

Overall this course will provide a thorough and extensive overview of pharmacovigilance and will equip delegates with the ability to apply the knowledge gained to enhance their role within the company.

This course is part of our Vigilance Training Course collection, which features other pharmacovigilance training courses for professionals.

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for Pharmacovigilance (PV) personnel with up to 24 months of experience, looking to diversify their knowledge and expand their potential to move into different areas of Pharmacovigilance.

The course would also be appropriate for Auditors who want to understand more about PV and what to look out for when performing audits.

It would also be beneficial to Regulatory Affairs personnel who want to understand some of the pharmacovigilance activities that cross over into the Regulatory area.

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The Pharmacovigilance for Drug Safety, Regulatory Affairs and PV Auditors - Broadening your Knowledge course will cover:

Background and Introduction to Pharmacovigilance

  • The WHO and Safety Reporting
  • CIOMS – Function and Purpose
  • ICH – Composition and Guidelines

Global Pharmacovigilance and Safety Standards

  • Definitions of Terms (ICH) used in Pharmacovigilance
  • Adverse reactions versus Adverse events
  • Serious and Non-serious – definitions
  • Expected or unexpected reactions or events
  • Expedited reporting

Global Pharmacovigilance and Safety Standards (continued)

Pharmacovigilance and its Role in Other Departments

  • Pharmacovigilance – where does it fit in the Company?
  • Medical Information and Drug Safety
  • Regulatory Dept. and Drug Safety
  • Clinical and Drug Safety
  • Commercial, Marketing and Drug Safety

Clinical Drug Safety  

  • Basic principles – key features for capturing Drug Safety data
  • Case Record Form Design and Data Capture
  • Data Management and Drug Safety – Clinical versus Safety Databases
  • Assessment of Individual Serious Adverse Event Reports

Post Marketing Drug Safety

  • Differences in Clinical and Post Marketing Drug Safety
  • European Marketing Safety and Causality
  • Post Marketing Safety in the USA
  • Post Marketing Safety in Japan

Causality Assessments in Pharmacovigilance

  • Assessments for Clinical Safety and Causality
  • Post Marketing Safety and Causality
  • Causality Definitions
  • Company versus Reporter Causality
  • Pros and Cons of Causality Definitions

Pre-Clinical Animal and In vitro Studies

  • ICH Guidelines and Animal and In vitro Studies
  • EU and FDA regulations and Animal Studies
  • Toxicity Studies
  • Genotoxicity, mutagenicity and Carcinogenicity Studies

MedDRA – Introductory

  • Background Information concerning the Introduction of MedDRA
  • The MSSO and MedDRA
  • MedDRA Coding capabilities and approaches
  • MedDRA Versions and Development of the Dictionary
  • Old Dictionaries and Data Conversion

Collecting Good Quality Safety Information

  • Why the need for good Quality Safety Information?
  • What constitutes good safety information?
  • Differing regulations concerning safety data collection requirements
  • Designing a system to collect good quality information

The Blinded Study and Safety Reporting

  • Definition of a Blinded Study
  • Blinded Studies involving Company Product, Comparator Product and Placebo
  • Regulations and Guidelines for Blinded Study Safety Reporting
  • Unblinding and Emergency Unblinding
  • Blinding and Biometrics

An Introduction to Medical Device Reporting

  • Definition of a Medical Device
  • Safety Reporting of Medical Devices
  • FDA Regulations concerning Medical Devices and Safety
  • EU Regulations concerning Medical Devices and Safety

The Need for Capturing Pregnancy Data

  • Pregnancy Information Sources
  • Pregnancy Data Forms, data capture and appearance in Safety Reviews
  • Regulations concerning pregnancy data capture

Drug Safety and At Risk Groups

  • Regulations and Guidelines in connection with At Risk Groups
  • Analysis of Data from at risk Groups
  • Identification of at Risk Groups
  • Reporting new findings concerning at risk groups

Medical Aspects of Liver Disease and Hepatic Adverse Drug Reactions

  • Basic Physiology and Definitions
  • Common Liver Conditions
  • Drug effects on the Liver
  • Pharmacovigilance evaluations with Hepatic ADRs

Medical Aspects of Renal Adverse Drug Reactions

  • Basic Renal Physiology
  • Drug Induced Renal Disease
  • Renal Disease and ADRs
  • Renal Function and Dosing in relation to ADRs

Medical Aspects of Haematological and Immunological Adverse Drug Reactions

  • Blood Composition and Normal values
  • Mechanism of action of Drugs on Blood Parameters
  • Type A and B reactions

Medical Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease and Adverse Drug Reactions

  • Basic Physiology and Heart Rhythm
  • QT Interval Prolongation and Drugs
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Drugs – contraindications
  • Drug Induced Cardiac ADRs


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Graeme Ladds
PharSafer Associates Ltd

Graeme Ladds, Director of PharSafer, has over 30 years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. Having started his career at Ashbourne Pharmaceuticals in 1989 as Head of Drug Safety & Medical Information, he went on to become Head of Global Pharmacovigilance at Shire Pharmaceuticals. He then set up his consultancy and specialist CRO company, PharSafer Associates Ltd, where he has been involved in establishing pharmacovigilance in companies, performing audits across Europe and the USA, SOP writing, acting as QP for companies, and helping with regulatory inspections.

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

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2-4 October 2023

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09:00-16:15 UK (London) (UTC+01)
10:00-17:15 Paris (UTC+02)
04:00-11:15 New York (UTC-04)
Course code 12816

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

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