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This year marks SMi’s 8th annual conference on Biobanking which will take place on 13th & 14th June 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The event will bring together internationally recognised biorepositories, scientific pioneers from pharmaceutical companies, and academics to strengthen current knowledge in biosample management and their research applications. Further, the event will dive into application of novel technologies and security software associated to the protection of data.


The conference will aim to broaden the understanding of the ethical and regulatory frameworks, as well as defining the impact that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have in 2018. The conference also aims at defining some amongst the most successful applications of biosamples in the market. Speakers are the result of a careful selection of experts in the industry and will include: directors of biorepositories, professionals working in regulatory agencies, drug discovery program directors and legal advisors.

Join us in June to take part in cutting-edge discussions through a series of interactive presentations, panel discussions and case-studies addressing all the critical issues regarding the improvement of Biobanking: a market that is expected to reach USD 2.69 Billion by 2022 from USD 1.85 Billion in 2017, at a CAGR of 7.8%.*


*Research and Markets. “Biobanking Market 2017: Global Forecast to 2022.” PR Newswire: News Distribution, Targeting and Monitoring, PR Newswire, 17 Aug. 2017, www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/biobanking-market-2017---global-forecast-to-2022---advances-in-biobanking-and-growing-trend-of-conserving-cord-blood-stem-cells-of-newborns-300505938.html.
 

The event will bring together internationally recognised biorepositories, scientific pioneers from pharmaceutical companies, and academics to strengthen current knowledge in biosample management and their research applications. Further, the event will dive into application of novel technologies and security software associated to the protection of data.
 

• Discuss the application of novel GPDR regulations with regards to Biomaterials.
• Develop a strong understanding of the uses of Biomaterials in research.
• Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of constructing shared-data networks such as national databases.
• Explore the importance of characterisation, standardisation and quality control of biomaterials.
• Learn about the different experiences of experts that work with biomaterials in different countries and with different uses.
• Discuss laboratory guidelines aimed at optimising the storage and transport of biomaterials.

Heads of Department, Directors, Managers, Team Leaders of:

Biobanks
Biorepositories
Biological Sample Management Centres
Genomic and Pharmacogenomic Research
Pathology Research Groups
Personalised Medicine and Translational Medicine Centres
Lab Management
Inventory Management
Molecular Technologies
Biologics Research
Data Privacy/Protection/Security Officers
Quality Control and Quality Management
Research and Development
Supply Chain and Cold Chain Distributors
Population-based Biobanks
Disease-based Biobanks
Hospital Trusts
Research Institutes
Technology Transfer Centres
Bio-innovation Centre
 

Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University; Auria Biobank; BioKryo GmbH; Biostor Ireland; Brooks Life Science Systems; BWB; Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank; European Commission; European Sperm Bank; Human Tissue Authority; Imperial College; Institute Of Child Health; Institute of Child Health University College London; Institute Of Food Research (I F R); Istanbul Medipol University; Karadeniz Technical University; King’s College London; Liconic; Liconic UK; LifelinesNL; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Merck Research Laboratories; MRC CTU at UCL; National Institute For Biological Standards & Control; National Institute for Biological Standards and Control; Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc; Scientist.com; The Faroese Biobank; Thermo Fisher Scientific; UCL; UCL Institute of Neurology; UK Biocentre; UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre; University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust; University of Nottingham;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brian Thomson

Brian Thomson, Director of Research and Development, University of Nottingham
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9:10 Scaling biobanks with low-pass sequencing and digital phenotyping

Joe Pickrell

Joe Pickrell, CEO, Gencove

• Low-pass sequencing refers to a genome that is sequenced to a depth under 10x. This type of data is useful to call germline single-nucleotide pairs (SNPs), find structural variants and offers a very complete ascertainment of shared variation.
• Digital phenotyping is a multidisciplinary field of science, defined as the “moment-by-moment quantification of the individual-level human phenotype in situ using data from personal digital devices,” with particular focus on smartphones.
• Digital phenotyping offers two types of data: active data and passive data. The former refers to data that requires active input from the users to be generated, whereas passive data, such as sensor data and phone usage patterns, are collected without requiring any active participation from the user.
• Smartphone data can be used to study behavioural patterns, social interactions, physical mobility, gross motor activity, and speech production, among others. Ownership has been in steady rise globally over the past years.
 

9:50 Uk Biobanks: Ethics and Regulations

Christopher Perrett

Christopher Perrett, Regulation Manager, Human Tissue Authority
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• Ethical approval of UK Biobanks: The role of the Health Research Authority (HRA)
• Regulation of UK Biobanks: The role of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Design and qualification of a cloud-based biosample information management system

Peadar Mac Gabhann

Peadar Mac Gabhann, Managing Director, Biostor Ireland
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  • Workflow process mapping and user requirements specification
  • GDPR requirements
  • System qualification and validation
  • Ethics and consent and open science cloud
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 ISO 20387 - A New International Standard for Biobanking

    Gareth Bicknell

    Gareth Bicknell, Biobank Operations Manager, Human Biomaterials Resource Centre, University of Birmingham
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    • The importance of international minimum standards in enabling resource interoperability and enhanced quality of scientific results
    • An introduction to the purpose, content, and limitations of ISO 20387
    • What next? Moving forward from the horizontal standard
     

    14:00 Generating High Quality Biological Samples for High Quality Research.

    Kristian Spreckley

    Kristian Spreckley, Business Development Director, UK Biocentre
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    • Sample linkage – establishing accurate linkage of patient and sample data.
    • Sample logistics – maintaining sample integrity during transportation.
    • Sample processing – The importance of sample and data tracking during processing tasks.
    • Sample storage – Creating accurate sample traceability during storage and retrieval activities.
    • LIMS – A fundamental prerequisite to successful sample and data traceability.

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Genome-Wide Association Studies: Generation Scotland and VIKING Cohorts

    Shona Kerr

    Shona Kerr, Project Manager, MRC Human Genetics Unit
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    • Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) of health-related measures and markers of genetic risk
    • NHS electronic health record (EHR) and genomics analyses in consented populations
    • Governing biobanks: data and sample sharing and managed access
    • Are smaller biobanks still useful (and sustainable) in the era of 500,000 plus cohorts?
     

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Closing of Day One

    Brian Thomson

    Brian Thomson, Director of Research and Development, University of Nottingham
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brian Thomson

    Brian Thomson, Director of Research and Development, University of Nottingham
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    9:10 OpenSpecimen: A free, open source biobanking informatics platform enabling biobanks to track biospecimens from collection to utilisation

    Srikanth  Adiga

    Srikanth Adiga, CEO, OpenSpecimen
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    - Global adoption - how OpenSpecimen is used in leading biobanks like University of Leicester, University of New South Wales (Sydney), Johns Hopkins University, Singapore General Hospital.
    - Future roadmap
    - Integration with other databases like REDCap, OpenClinica, etc.
     

    9:50 Telethon Network of genetic biobanks: providing key services for rare disease research

    Lorena Casareto

    Lorena Casareto, Operations Manager, Telethon Foundation
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    • Challenges of rare disease biobanks and the importance of networking
    • Policy and procedure of sample and data access
    • Formalising and promotion of patient engagement
    • Collaboration with relevant networks and stakeholders
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Long-term Biobanking: Creating and maintaining value

    Marybeth Joshi

    Marybeth Joshi, Assistant Director, Duke University School of Medicine
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    • In maintaining a long-term biobank it is important  to focus on preservation and creating value through the linkage of clinical and/biological data. 
    • For long-term biobanking, understanding your samples  value and limitations are essential. Some of the information provided should be used as a guide for best practices for sample storage and value creation through data linkage so that you can maximize the shelf life and ensure the samples are viable and that they have relevant value when needed.
     

    11:40 Bayer’s concept of two biobanks in Research & Development

    Johanna Beekman

    Johanna Beekman, Head Biosample Management, Bayer
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    • Providing our research departments with high quality biological specimens for the purpose of target identification and validation, biomarker assay development and validation and develop of companion diagnostics (Bayer's Research Biobank)
    • Enabling the optimal use of biological specimens collected in Bayer's global clinical trials for the thorough investigation of the investigational product and the treated disease (Bayer's Clinical Sample Repository)
    • Ensuring that these biological specimens are collected according to the appropriate guidelines, ethical standards and ensuring high standards of data privacy.
    • Linking the biological specimens and generated biomarker data with the corresponding clinical data through an innovative platform
     

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Banking of clinical grade human Pluripotent Stem Cells

    Sofia Spyrou

    Sofia Spyrou, Project Manager, UK Stem Cell Bank
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    • The UK Stem Cell Bank is a key partner of the UK regenerative medicine infrastructure, charged with procuring, processing and distributing seed stocks of human embryonic stem cell lines for research and clinical application.
    • One of the key objectives of the UKSCB is to bank and release stem cell lines that meet the EU Tissue and Cell Directives (EUTCD) criteria as set out in Human Tissue Authority regulations.
    • 38 ethically sourced human embryonic stem cell lines have been approved for deposit as EUTCD-Grade by the UK Steering Committee, and over 10 lines have been banked on feeders are already available from the UK Stem Cell Bank.
    • The UK Stem Cell Bank is currently focusing its activities on supplying feeder-free deeply characterised EUTCD-grade human embryonic stem cell lines, to support the regenerative medicine community in the development of quality and safety-assured cell therapies.
     

    14:00 Dublin Brain Bank: A resource for the study of neurological disorders

    Jennifer Lorigan

    Jennifer Lorigan, Project Coordinator, Dublin Brain Bank
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    • The need for a designated brain biobank
    • The process of donation and tissue use
    • Demographics and neurodegenerative disorders represented in the brain bank
    • A retrospective study of neuropathologic sign specificity
     

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Stratified medicine and biobank integration in hospital routine

    Brian Thomson

    Brian Thomson, Director of Research and Development, University of Nottingham
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    • Stratified medicine is based on identifying subgroups of patients with distinct mechanisms of disease, or particular responses to treatments, with the aim of us to identify and develop treatments that are effective for particular groups of patients.
    • A biobank as a repository of biological specimens and linked clinical data has the potential to provide an ideal knowledge and data platform for the delivery of stratified and personalised medicine.
    • In order to fulfil this key role so biobanks will be required to navigate stringent governance, ethical and logistic barriers to full integration with clinical services
    • A strategy for doing so will be discussed
     

    15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brian Thomson

    Brian Thomson, Director of Research and Development, University of Nottingham
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brian Thomson

    Brian Thomson

    Director of Research and Development, University of Nottingham
    Christopher Perrett

    Christopher Perrett

    Regulation Manager, Human Tissue Authority
    Gareth Bicknell

    Gareth Bicknell

    Biobank Operations Manager, Human Biomaterials Resource Centre, University of Birmingham
    Joe Pickrell

    Joe Pickrell

    CEO, Gencove
    Johanna Beekman

    Johanna Beekman

    Head Biosample Management, Bayer
    Kristian Spreckley

    Kristian Spreckley

    Business Development Director, UK Biocentre
    Lorena Casareto

    Lorena Casareto

    Operations Manager, Telethon Foundation
    Marybeth Joshi

    Marybeth Joshi

    Assistant Director, Duke University School of Medicine
    Peadar Mac Gabhann

    Peadar Mac Gabhann

    Managing Director, Biostor Ireland
    Shona Kerr

    Shona Kerr

    Project Manager, MRC Human Genetics Unit
    Sofia Spyrou

    Sofia Spyrou

    Project Manager, UK Stem Cell Bank

    Brian Thomson

    Director of Research and Development, University of Nottingham
    Brian Thomson

    Dr Brian Thomson qualified in medicine from the University of Edinburgh and trained in Edinburgh, London and Cambridge before becoming Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Nottingham. He has held MRC Training and Clinician Scientist Fellowships in London and Cambridge and was awarded a PhD in 1992. Dr Thomson is founder and Director of the Nottingham Health Science Biobank (NHSB). The NHSB is the only NHS led Biobank in England and brings together a centralised quality assured tissue resource and an innovative informatics strategy to provide a unique platform for research. Dr Thomson leads the NHSE 100,000 Genome Project in Nottingham and is co-investigator for the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Co-ordination Centre.
     

    Christopher Perrett

    Regulation Manager, Human Tissue Authority
    Christopher Perrett

    Chris is Regulation Manager at the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and is part of the Regulation Directorate. He leads inspections in all of the HTA’s sectors (especially the research sector), develops policies for the sectors, is involved in training, and is part of the team developing strong links with stakeholders and other organisations. These include the Health Research Authority (HRA), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).


    Chris is also Guidance Project Manager at the HRA, where he has worked since February 2016. As a member of the Quality, Standards and Information Directorate, he is involved in reviewing the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) for Research Tissue Banks (RTBs) and research projects. He has also been involved in developing the HRA E-learning package on research involving human tissue.


    Chris’s previous background was in research. He holds a degree in Natural Sciences and an MSc and PhD in Molecular Oncology. His previous career was in academia. He was a senior lecturer in oncology at University College London (UCL) and led a research team investigating the causes and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer.
     

    Gareth Bicknell

    Biobank Operations Manager, Human Biomaterials Resource Centre, University of Birmingham
    Gareth Bicknell

    From 2004 - 2011 Dr Bicknell managed a human tissue-processing facility at the University of Leicester, reconfiguring its voluntary MHRA accreditation into an HTA licence for Human Application. In 2006/2007 he also assisted the HTA perform its first round of inspections. In 2011 he moved into quality/general management at the University of Oxford’s licensed musculoskeletal biobank, and in 2015 he became Operations Manager at the University of Birmingham’s HBRC. Currently he oversees a team ensuring that 4500 samples/month are handled efficiently, securely, confidentially, and with quality assurance. Since 2016, he has actively contributed to the new ISO 20387 standard for biobanking.

    Jennifer Lorigan

    Project Coordinator, Dublin Brain Bank
    Jennifer Lorigan

    Jennifer Lorigan joined Dublin Brain Bank in December 2017 as Project Coordinator, a role which entails liaising with patients and researchers, preserving and storing samples, and conducting research. Previously, she has worked as a researcher in developmental biology, neuroscience, and tissue engineering laboratories. She has also worked in science communication and outreach for organisations including Science Gallery Dublin, Edinburgh International Science Festival, and Newstalk FM’s Futureproof. She holds an undergraduate degree in zoology and a Master’s in tissue engineering.

    Joe Pickrell

    CEO, Gencove
    Joe Pickrell

    Johanna Beekman

    Head Biosample Management, Bayer
    Johanna Beekman

    Johanna Beekman is Head Biosample Management within Research & Development of Bayer.
    Hanna received her PhD from the University of Groningen, Netherlands and worked as a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston before she joined Schering in Berlin, Germany in 1995. Here she worked in several research departments before joining the Biomarker department of Bayer in 2003. Hanna headed the Biomarker Laboratories for several years before founding the Biosample Management department in 2010.
    Biosample Management takes care of all operational aspects of biomarker, pharmacogenetic, immunogenicity and pharmacokinetic samples within Bayer’s clinical trials. The department is also responsible for the management of the Bayer Research Biobank and the Clinical Sample Repository
     

    Kristian Spreckley

    Business Development Director, UK Biocentre
    Kristian Spreckley

    Kristian Spreckley is the Business Development Director at UK Biocentre. Kristian’s main role is to engage with researcher’s around the country to understand their research needs and to build the National Biosample Centre’s service offering to enable world class scientific research. He has a background in genetics, specifically in the genetics of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis and started his career working on breast and prostate cancer. From their he moved into the commercial sector selling molecular biology instrumentation and then large-scale automation to the international biobanking industry before joining UK Biobank/ UK Biocentre.

    Lorena Casareto

    Operations Manager, Telethon Foundation
    Lorena Casareto

    Lorena Casareto is the Operations Manager of the Telethon Network of Genetic Biobanks, Italy. She has over 10 years of hands on experience in rare disease biobank networking. In particular, she has deep insights in biobank data harmonisation, sample workflows and the integration of IT infrastructure with external tools. Within the network, she also oversees customer services, communications, organisation of events and the drafting of policies and ELSI documents. Lorena participates actively in national and European biobank networks, as well as European rare disease infrastructure projects, providing advice and shaping the development of future tools for sample data management.

    Marybeth Joshi

    Assistant Director, Duke University School of Medicine
    Marybeth Joshi

    Marybeth Joshi has spent more than 20 years directing complex, multi-faceted, multi-institutional, and multi-disciplinary clinical, translational, and basic science, as well as clinical outcomes research projects in oncology.

    For more than two decades, Marybeth has been instrumental in the development, implementation, and management of biospecimen and clinical data repositories and associated experimental data with the ability to transform working hypotheses into fully executable projects with defined benchmarks, goals, and measurable objectives.

    In 2010, she was asked to partner with Director of the Duke BioBank (now BioDuke) to move forward the institution’s goal of developing and implementing Duke University’s first enterprise-wide biorepository. This, lead to ensuring high-quality biospecimens, global institutional compliance with CAP and FDA regulations around biobanking and associated research, and maximization of biospecimen utility.

    In addition, she was asked to lead the enterprise-wide standardized biobanking terminology project to unify clinical research biobanking informatics.
    Currently, Marybeth serves as the School of Medicine’s Standard Terminology Manager for the enterprise-wide biobanking effort.
     

    Peadar Mac Gabhann

    Managing Director, Biostor Ireland
    Peadar Mac Gabhann

    Peadar Mac Gabhann graduated from the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin with a M.Sc. in Industrial Microbiology. He carried out post graduate research at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) Amsterdam, Biogen at ETH Zurich and the Faculty of Medicine at Kyoto University Japan. He joined Schering Plough Corporation and was a key member of staff in the start-up of the first world-wide Biopharma facility in Cork for the production of Interferon in 1983. As Director and board member of Schering Plough Japan, he led the company’s research and Asian business development operations. Peadar has more than 30 years’ experience at the forefront of the international pharmaceutical industry. In the past 10 years he co-founded and directed two Life Science start-ups and participated in several international EU FP7 projects: He is a regular presenter at international events and has presented a position paper on “Biobanks - Key Resources for Advancement of Biotechnology & Human Health” to the expert group of the EU Parliament on the Future of Medicine. He is a national expert representing Ireland on the working group to establish a new ISO TC276 standard in Biobanking. He currently consults with Jacobs Engineering on the design and construction of major Biopharma facilities, he lectures part-time in Pharmaceutical Business at Griffith College Dublin as well as running a certified Tissue Establishment in Wexford, Biostór Ireland.
     

    Shona Kerr

    Project Manager, MRC Human Genetics Unit
    Shona Kerr

    Shona Kerr is a Project Manager of the QTL in Health and Disease programme at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh and Associate Director of the Edinburgh CRF Genetics Core. Her primary research interest is in the genetics of quantitative traits using human population and family-based biobanks (Generation Scotland and VIKING) and linked electronic health record data. She has Chaired the Generation Scotland Access Committee for three years, and still sits on that Committee to promote and implement data and sample sharing within a managed access framework

    Sofia Spyrou

    Project Manager, UK Stem Cell Bank
    Sofia Spyrou

    Sofia Spyrou has over five years of experience as a production manager. She joined the UK Stem Cell Bank at NIBSC in 2016 and currently manages the day to day banking operations. Her focus is to review, bank and distribute the MRC funded “EUTCD-Grade” human embryonic stem cell lines. This requires following the Human Tissue Authority’s directions on meeting the EU Tissue and Cells Directive. Sofia is responsible for overseeing the complete UK Stem Cell Bank banking process which includes due diligence, banking under GMP conditions, validated QC testing and distributing lines to both national and international customers.

    Srikanth Adiga

    CEO, OpenSpecimen
    Srikanth  Adiga

    .Srikanth Adiga is the C.E.O and founder of Krishagni Solutions - the developers of OpenSpecimen (www.openspecimen.org). He has 20+ years experience in developing enterprise software products, especially in the biomedical domain.Sri is an avid open source evangelist with hands-on experience in developing OpenSpecimen - an open source biobanking informatics platform. OpenSpecimen is today used in 65+ biobanks across 16+ countries. He strongly believes that all software should open source and should be open to code quality audit and customization by customers. He is also involved in helping research centres use other open source biomedical databases like OpenClinica, tranSMART, etc.

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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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