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SMi proudly presents the 7th Annual Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference, in London, on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2018.
The pharmaceutical microbiology industry is ever expanding; with increasing need for rapid, more efficient microbial methods and regulations being updated and revised.
Join us to discuss and address the evolving issues facing this industry, such as: the assurance of sterility and aseptic practice within clean rooms, data integrity, quality control and regulatory updates, to name a few. Hear from speakers at the forefront of the field and gain insight into the processes of key regulatory bodies.
 

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Senior Microbiologist, Lead Scientist, Laboratory Manager, QA Specialist Drug Substance External Manufacturer, Business Development Manager – Testing, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Consultant, Higher Pharmacopoeial Scientist, Analytical Standards Specialist

Alexion; Alexion Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Allergan Biologics Ltd; AllergyTherapeutics; Astrazeneca; Battelle Memorial Institute; Bettelle Pacific N W Lab; Biomerieux; bioMérieux SA; Biovian Ltd; Bristol Myers Squibb; Confarma France S A R L; David P Elder Consultancy; GE Healthcare; GSK; Ith Pharma; Lonza Biologics plc; Lonza Cologne GmbH; Lonza Incorporated; Merck; Merial; Merial Animal Health; Merial Sas; Mettler-Toledo Ltd; Mettler-Toledo Thornton; MHRA; MIcrobiologics; Nottingham Trent University; Param Enterprises; Paul Ehrlich Institut; Pfizer; Pfizer Inc; PMT (GB) Ltd; PrEP Biopharm; Public Health England; Reading Scientific Services Limited; Regeneron Ireland UC; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Roche; Roche Diagnostics Deutschland GmbH; Samedan Ltd ; Sanofi; Sanofi Pharma; seqirus; Shire Laboratories; Steris; STERIS Corporation; The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult; TSI;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Olivier Chancel

Olivier Chancel, Sterility and Aseptic Process Assurance Expert , Boehringer Ingelheim

9:10 How the development of Mycoplasma testing could potentially revolutionise quality control

Renate Rosengarten

Renate Rosengarten, Professor and Chair of Bacteriology and Hygiene, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
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• Mycoplasma testing and why it is important
• Culture detection methods vs nucleic acid detection
• Different methods of Mycoplasma testing
• Current regulations surrounding Mycoplasma testing

9:50 Mycoplasma Control and Safety Concepts in the 21st Century – A Regulator´s View on ATMPs

Jan-Oliver Karo

Jan-Oliver Karo, Assessor, Paul Ehrlich Institut

  • Characteristics, Challenges and Regulatory Basis
  • Mycoplasma Safety Concepts for ATMPs
  • Regulatory Requirements and Expectations for Mycoplasma Control
  • Trends and Perspectives
  • Case Studies from Microbiological Assessment
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Creating a Culture of Data Integrity

    Felix Montero-Julian

    Felix Montero-Julian, Scientific Director, Biomerieux
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    • Data Integrity should compliance with ALCOA
    • Data Integrity shouldn’t be looked at in an isolated way. But should follow the data during the whole process.
    • Integrate useable audit trails, multiple user ID levels, automated reports and connectivity, good archiving.
    • Data integrity needs to be the integrated workflow of the Data management eco-system

    11:40 Microbiome therapies & the regulatory issues surrounding the development of this field

    Shahram Lavasani

    Shahram Lavasani, CEO, ImmuneBiotech AB
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    • The gut microbiome and its potential as a target for disease treatment
    • The recent developments of microbiome therapies
    • The regulatory issues surrounding the development of these therapies
    • How to circumvent these issues and encourage advancement within the field

    12:20 Importance of Data Integrity When Testing for Endotoxin

    Robert Porzio

    Robert Porzio, Product Manager, Lonza QC Testing Solutions
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  • Data Integrity Basics and Corporate Governance
  • Benefits of Quantitative Methods for Endotoxin Detection
  • Data Integrity components through WinKQCL™ Endotoxin Detection & Analysis Software
  • Establishing a Risk Based Approach to your Review Process through Audit Trails and establishing a failure mode and effects analysis
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Fungal and bacterial spores and spore contamination control

    Patrick Nieuwenhuizen

    Patrick Nieuwenhuizen, Manager Quality Control, Genzyme Ireland Ltd
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    • Current regulations surrounding sporicides and disinfectants
    • How can we control spore contamination levels in cleanrooms?
    • Case studies of effective spore control practice
    • Improved methods of determination of contamination
    • Outcomes of New England Compounding Pharmacy

    14:50 Debates and challenges concerning disinfectant validation and methods to circumvent them

    Jim Polarine

    Jim Polarine, Senior Technical Service Manager, STERIS Corporation
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    • Current debates within the industry surrounding disinfectant coupon testing
    • The importance of disinfectant efficacy testing with particular bacterial spores
    • Technical reports and FDA warning letters in relation to current efficacy testing
    • Current regulatory expectations and how to reduce the cost of testinG

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Developing requirements in microbiological control and monitoring and Impact from revision of EU GMP Annex 1

    James  Drinkwater

    James Drinkwater, Chairman, Head of Aseptic Process Technologies & GMP Compliance, PHSS, F Zeil GmbH
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  • PHSS/ Industry perspective on impact of EU GMP Annex 1 revision.
  • Prescriptive GMP versus flexibility to apply GMP and ORM principles in environmental control and monitoring.
  • Environmental Control by design and microbiological monitoring taking a more holistic approach.
  • Overview of PHSS guidance initiative in Aseptic processing Environmental control and process monitoring 
  • 16:40 Flow cytometry technology and its applications

    Jean Reyes

    Jean Reyes, Microbiology Lab Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim

    • Overview of the applications in Microbiology
    • Counting bacteria: In line and fast tool
    • Characterization of Ag

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Olivier Chancel

    Olivier Chancel, Sterility and Aseptic Process Assurance Expert , Boehringer Ingelheim

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Andrew Bartko

    Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

    9:10 NEW lessons learned in sterility assurance

    Olivier Chancel

    Olivier Chancel, Sterility and Aseptic Process Assurance Expert , Boehringer Ingelheim

  • Real life experiences observed on the shop floor over the last year to support various activities of the sterility assurance
  • Series of case studies to focus on the practical knowledge, on the "know how" which can be directly applied on daily business by Production, Pharmaceutical Microbiologist and Quality
  • Useful insights on various microbiological aspects to detect sources of contaminations for sterile drug products and to prevent them
  • Forum for open and practical discussions
  • 9:50 Rapid microbial methods – A case study of implementation

    Andrew Bartko

    Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

    • The implementation of rapid methods in practice, how best to adopt these new methods and keep up with developments
    • Validating the methods and conforming to regulatory requirements
    • The issues surrounding the implementation of rapid methods and how to overcome them
    • How to best tailor your implementation proposal in terms of validation of your rapid method

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Operational Impact of the Prominent Microbial Identification Strategies

    Christine Farrance

    Christine Farrance, Director of Research and Development, Charles River Laboratories

  • The inherent strengths and challenges to proteotypic and genotypic microbial identification systems
  • Choosing the appropriate method based on the required resolution of the task at hand
  • Impact of the method and its reference database on decisions made in a regulated environments
  • Performance evaluation of routine identification of organisms of concern to pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • 11:40 Environmental Monitoring – sampling plan justification

    Benoit Ramond

    Benoit Ramond, Senior Microbiology Expert, Sanofi
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    • Process manufacturing and the justification of monitoring programmes
    • Monitoring in terms of incubation environments
    • Specific particle monitoring methods to detect viable and non-viable particles
    • The when, the where and the how of environmental monitoring – the best ways to carry these methods out

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Environmental monitoring – managing excursions and out of trends

    Francesco  Boschi

    Francesco Boschi, Site Quality Assurance Manager, Pfizer
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    • Carrying out an effective investigation on microbiological results: investigation team, investigation tools, evidences collection
    • Planning a feasible corrective/preventive actions (CAPA) plan
    • Follow-up: when is an investigation really completed? How to prevent recurrent deviations.
    • Adverse trend in environmental monitoring: definition and management
    • Out of trend and unusual data

    14:10 Biofilms – what are they and why do they pose such an issue within drug development and delivery?

    Jeremy Webb

    Jeremy Webb, Professor of Microbiology, Principal Investigator Biofilms and Microbial Communities, University Of Southampton
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    • Background on biofilm infections
    • Case studies – how biofilm infections differ
    • Drug development targets for biofilms and how they are different to antibiotic targets
    • Anti-biofilm drug research so far – what are the advances in this area to date? How can it be taken further?

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Evaluation of the MAT for the safety testing of a meningococcal B vaccine: a collaborative study

    Karin Nordgren

    Karin Nordgren, Head of the Pyrogen Science Group, The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (

  • Quantifying pyrogenic content of an inherently pyrogenic vaccine using the MAT
  • Collaborative study with 9 participating laboratories, covering a range of cell sources and read-outs
  • Application of Ph. Eur. Chapter 2.6.30 Method C: Reference Lot Comparison Test
  • 16:00 Approaches to overcome Low Endotoxin Recovery (LER) using the LAL assay and alternatives to Rabbit Pyrogen Testing

    Ruth Daniels

    Ruth Daniels, Senior Scientist, Microbiology Expert, janssen pharmaceutical
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    • Limulus Amoebocyte Lysate (LAL) test and Low Endotoxin Recovery (LER)
    • Monocyte Activation Test (MAT) as alternative to Rabbit Pyrogen Testing (RPT)

    16:40 Endotoxin testing and microbial risk assessments

    Ingo Spreitzer

    Ingo Spreitzer, Deputy head Section Microbial safety, Paul Ehrlich Institut

  • Pharmacopeia’s current view on Endotoxin / Pyrogen testing
  • The validity of endotoxin testing on its own – quality assurance
  • Should pyrogen testing be done over and above endotoxin testing?
  • Cost / risk: should we do more than requested by regulations?
  • Are the regulations surrounding this topic conclusive?

     

  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Andrew Bartko

    Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Francesco  Boschi

    Francesco Boschi

    Site Quality Assurance Manager, Pfizer
    Ruth Daniels

    Ruth Daniels

    Senior Scientist, Microbiology Expert, janssen pharmaceutical
    Shahram Lavasani

    Shahram Lavasani

    CEO, ImmuneBiotech AB

    Andrew Bartko

    Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
    Andrew Bartko

    Benoit Ramond

    Senior Microbiology Expert, Sanofi
    Benoit Ramond

    Benoît Ramond is a Doctor in Pharmacy at the University of Paris IX in France had has obtained a PhD in Microbiology. He has more than 28 years experience in the Pharmaceutical industry. He has been a microbiology expert at the Sanofi group and is the Head of Microbiology and Sterile Technologies, since 2016. He also has a leading role in RMM and Environmental Monitoring strategy development within Sanofi.

    Christine Farrance

    Director of Research and Development, Charles River Laboratories
    Christine Farrance

    Felix Montero-Julian

    Scientific Director, Biomerieux
    Felix Montero-Julian

    Felix, is a Scientific Director of the Health and Personal Care Business of bioMerieux. Felix has over 22 years of experience in industrial and clinical diagnostics and previously served as the Chemunex R&D Director in Biomerieux. Félix graduated from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico as Industrial Biochemistry Engineer and obtained a PhD in Immunology from the Aix Marseille II University in France. Felix is a member of different scientific organizations (PDA, ISAC) and served as an expert in a panel for rapid microbiology technologies for the USP. Félix has been and continues to be extensively involved in the implementation and acceptance of rapid and alternative microbiological methods. He is a prominent speaker at congresses and conferences and a regular contributor to bioMérieux whitepapers.

    Francesco Boschi

    Site Quality Assurance Manager, Pfizer
    Francesco  Boschi

    Dr. Francesco Boschi studied Biology at the University of Milan and obtained his post-doc Degree in Applied Biotechnology in 1997. He initially joined an R&D Group in Milan University performing research activities focused on the development of fermentation processes of industrial interest by genetically engineered yeast strains. Then, after different working experiences in the area of industrial microbiology and sterility assurance (Pharmacia & Upjohn, Patheon, Eli Lilly, GSK) and prior to join his current Company, he was Quality Assurance Manager in the Cortemaggiore (Italy) Site of Doppel Farmaceutici and Project Leader for all the projects involving new products submitted in the U.S. market. His current position (since 2017) is Quality Assurance Manager in the Catania (Italy) Site of Pfizer Global Supply (PGS). Dr. Boschi has presented training seminars and lectures both in national and international Events related to microbiology and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

    Ingo Spreitzer

    Deputy head Section Microbial safety, Paul Ehrlich Institut
    Ingo Spreitzer

    James Drinkwater

    Chairman, Head of Aseptic Process Technologies & GMP Compliance, PHSS, F Zeil GmbH
    James  Drinkwater

    James Drinkwater is Head of Aseptic processing technologies & GMP compliance for F Ziel Germany, supporting international projects from a base in the UK. As a subject matter expert in Barrier separation technology; Isolator / RABS and hydrogen peroxide vapour bio-decontamination, James is involved in applications of sterile pharmaceutical product Filling, Aseptic processing of APIs/ ATMPs and Sterility testing.
    In addition to the role at F Ziel James has a voluntary role as Chairman of the not for profit society: PHSS – Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sciences society and leads the PHSS Aseptic processing & Bio-contamination special interest group.
     

    Jan-Oliver Karo

    Assessor, Paul Ehrlich Institut
    Jan-Oliver Karo

    Jean Reyes

    Microbiology Lab Manager, Boehringer Ingelheim
    Jean Reyes

    Jeremy Webb

    Professor of Microbiology, Principal Investigator Biofilms and Microbial Communities, University Of Southampton
    Jeremy Webb

    Jeremy Webb is Professor of Microbiology at University of Southampton, UK. He has received a series of competitive fellowship awards from The Australian Research Council, the UK Leverhulme Trust, and BBSRC for work on the physiology, antimicrobial resistance, evolution, and molecular genetics of biofilms and polymicrobial communities. His work includes the discovery of nitric oxide as a regulator of biofilm dispersal, which is now being exploited for therapeutic applications in cystic fibrosis, including the first human clinical trial for a biofilm-targeted therapeutic. Current research also seeks to identify genes that undergo adaptive evolution during bacterial biofilm development.

    Jim Polarine

    Senior Technical Service Manager, STERIS Corporation
    Jim Polarine

    Mr. Polarine is a senior technical service manager at STERIS Corporation. He has been with STERIS Corporation for sixteen years. His current technical focus is microbial control in cleanrooms and other critical environments. He has lectured in North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America on issues related to cleaning and disinfection in cleanrooms. Mr. Polarine is a frequent industry speaker and published several PDA book chapters and articles related to cleaning and disinfection and contamination control. He is active as co-chair on the PDA’s microbial investigations task force. He was a co-author on PDA’s Technical Report #70 on Cleaning and Disinfection. He is a member of the PDA’s Environmental Monitoring Group, Contamination Control Group, and Biotech Interest Group. He is president elect with the PDA Missouri Valley Chapter. He is part of the faculty at the University of Tennessee Parenteral Medication course. He is also active with the IEST Special Topics Committee on Cleaning and Disinfection. He has presented at key industry venues for NASA, USP, PDA, ISPE, FDA, SIMB, GBPR, IPA, AALAS, IVT, IEST, University of Tennessee, SWE, STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies, and Barnett International on cleaning and disinfection, disinfectant validation, and contamination control. Mr. Polarine frequently presents global industry webinars on Cleaning and Disinfection for several industry seminar circuits including Compliance Online, STERIS, and Executive Conferences. Mr. Polarine graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Arts in Biology, and is a member of the PDA, SIMB, ISPE, IEST, ASM, ASTM, AAAS, AOAC, and ACS. He previously worked as a clinical research coordinator with the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, MO and as a biology and microbiology instructor at the University of Illinois. His main hobby is storm chasing and is very active in tornado research and tornado safety.

    Karin Nordgren

    Head of the Pyrogen Science Group, The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (
    Karin Nordgren

    Olivier Chancel

    Sterility and Aseptic Process Assurance Expert , Boehringer Ingelheim
    Olivier Chancel

    Patrick Nieuwenhuizen

    Manager Quality Control, Genzyme Ireland Ltd
    Patrick Nieuwenhuizen

    Patrick Nieuwenhuizen, BSc Microbiology / Immunology
    Quality Control Manager with over 20 years of experience in the industry working for a numerous international pharmaceutical (biotech) companies with specialties in microbiology, validation and aseptic controls and assurance. Co-author of the microbiology module Pharmaceutical Technician for EduFarma and given numerous presentations on other training courses on pharmaceutical microbiology and aseptic assurance & control.
     

    Renate Rosengarten

    Professor and Chair of Bacteriology and Hygiene, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
    Renate Rosengarten

    Renate Rosengarten’s academic career is for almost 40 years marked by a continuous interest in the infection biology of mycoplasmas, and their detection, prevention and control. Her passion for mycoplasmas took her to the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Hadassah Medical School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since 1996 she is Professor and Chair of Bacteriology and Hygiene at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria. Besides her numerous activities in academia, Prof. Rosengarten was the Founder and Managing Director of the previous niche market leader Mycosafe Diagnostics GmbH which she has as Managing Partner in 2014 re-established under the new company name Mycoplasma Biosafety Services GmbH. The company is considered today as the technological innovation leader in the area of Industrial Mycoplasmology.

    Robert Porzio

    Product Manager, Lonza QC Testing Solutions
    Robert Porzio

    Robert Porzio is a Product Manager for Endotoxin Detection at Lonza, with a primary focus on instrumentation and software. Robert brings 20 years of endotoxin experience with him having worked at Charles River and Associates of Cape Cod in production, marketing and sales. During his time at Associates of Cape Cod, Robert has also gained European experience as he worked three years in Germany performing marketing and sales for Pyroquant Diagnostik GmBH, the German ACC subsidiary. During the past four years Robert set-up his own endotoxin testing distribution company where he sold the Hyglos rFC and Wako endotoxin reagents amongst others. His background is in microbiology at Johnson & Johnson has been a huge benefit in understanding endotoxin detection systems and actualizing the needs of the industry into the future. Robert is a graduate from the College of Charleston and holds a degree in Biology and Psychology.

    Ruth Daniels

    Senior Scientist, Microbiology Expert, janssen pharmaceutical
    Ruth Daniels

    Ruth Daniels holds a Master degree in Bioscience Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and obtained her PhD in Applied Biological Sciences in 2002 at the same university. After an academic career, she started in 2011 at Genzyme (Sanofi Belgium) as Lead Microbiology Operational Technical Support and Manufacturing Science. Ruth joined the Janssen R&D microbiology department as Senior Scientist in 2015. She has a broad expertise in the field of endotoxin and pyrogen testing and is involved in multiple Janssen clinical development programs as microbiology expert. Ruth is a member of BPOG Low endotoxin recovery Group, and PDA Low endotoxin recovery task force.

    Shahram Lavasani

    CEO, ImmuneBiotech AB
    Shahram Lavasani

    Shahram Lavasani holds a PhD degree from Lund University (Sweden), in Medical Inflammation Research where he studied the immunoregulation and novel immunotherapies in multiple sclerosis (MS). He is a skillful immunologist with many years of research expertise on gastrointestinal complications in chronic inflammatory diseases. Focusing on Gut-Brain axis he has pioneered research in MS by demonstrating increased intestinal permeability and design of therapies targeting the gut microbiota. He is the founder of ImmuneBiotech, developed a proprietary lactobacilli library and established careful and multiple selection methods to screen and design formulations for the optimal therapeutic management of the diseases.

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    A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for more than 50 years, bioMérieux is present in more than 150 countries through 42 subsidiaries and a large network of distributors. In 2016, revenues reached €2,103 million, with more than 90% of international sales. bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions (reagents, instruments, software) which determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety. Its products are mainly used for diagnosing infectious diseases. They are also used for detecting microorganisms in agri-food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.


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    For over 30 years, Charles River has helped customers bring products to market safely and efficiently with revolutionary technologies and exceptional services that have changed the way we conduct microbial quality control. Continuing with a passion to innovate and respond to customers’ needs, our Microbial Solutions group has purposefully expanded its global portfolio to include the leading rapid microbial detection systems of Celsis®. Joining the trusted brands of Endosafe® endotoxin testing and Accugenix® microbial identification, Celsis® creates a powerful trio of micro QC solutions, the most comprehensive offering available from any single provider.


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    Lonza is the trusted QC testing solution provider for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Lonza transforms its practical knowledge and technical expertise to deliver a portfolio of endotoxin, mycoplasma and microbial detection products, and paperless QC microbiology, software and services that support the critical needs of regulated manufacturing environments.


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    NCIMB's skilled microbiologists have extensive experience of providing GMP standard microbial identification and biomaterial storage services to the pharmaceutical sector. We supply a range of QC strains, offer a patent depository service and manage the UK’s National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria. This reference collection includes many strains with pharmaceutical sector applications. Our microbial ID service follows auditable procedures using validated equipment and offers same day, next day, three day and ten day turnaround options, with clear reporting that can be tailored to your requirements. NCIMB’s clients include major pharmaceutical companies in the UK and overseas, and we are regularly audited by them, ensuring we meet their quality requirements. Based in Scotland, NCIMB is a well-established provider of microbiology, chemical analysis and biomaterial storage services to industry and academia. We work to high standards to support our customers in their quality control procedures, asset protection, and R&D projects.


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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.

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    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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