Monday, 29 April 2019:
EXCIPACT GMP/GDP CERTIFICATION SCHEME for Pharmaceutical Excipient Suppliers

A free-to-attend seminar at the RICOH ARENA, COVENTRY, UK

This seminar will take place between 13.00h – 17.30h on the afternoon before the Making Pharmaceuticals event at the same venue.

Who should attend:

QA Directors, Managers & Staff in excipient supplier companies.

Heads of Supplier Qualification, Procurement Heads and Specialists in pharma companies.

Others from the pharmaceutical excipient supplier and user community who wish to learn more about the EXCiPACT GMP/GDP Certification Scheme in an educational environment.

EXCiPACT is pleased to announce the following programme[1] for this free-to attend seminar:

13.00 Registration/Coffee/Tea
13.30 Introduction: EXCiPACT organisation and Scheme – EXCiPACT representative
14.05 EU regulations for Pharma Excipients – EXCiPACT representative
14.40 The EXCiPACT Certification Process – SGS Belgium representative
15.25 Coffee/Tea break
15.40 Case study on EXCiPACT Certification – Croda representative
16.25 Pharma Company EXCiPACT User Experience – Novartis representative
17.15 Q & A session – all speakers
17.30 Close meeting

To book your free place, contact the EXCiPACT Secretariat on

Final details will be sent to all registrants by 12th April, 2019.

[1] Programme subject to amendment

Tuesday, 30 April 2019:
Making Pharmaceuticals Free 2 Day Event

2 Day Event 30th April & 1st May 2019, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

PQG speakers are presenting at Making Pharmaceuticals which, according to the publicity material “is the only dedicated FREE TO ATTEND event in the UK that addresses the detailed and complex issues associated with sourcing, manufacturing, outsourcing and delivering consistent pharmaceutical products to the market”. There are 70+ seminars and workshops covering a wide range of topics, and 100+ exhibitors. Also come and meet us at the CQI / PQG stand.

Day 1 – 30/4/19 – GMP standards & certification for pharmaceutical suppliers – chair David Abraham

  • PS 9000 & packaging materials supplier certification – David Abraham
  • IPEC/PQG Excipients GMP guide & EXCiPACT standard developments – Ian McKeown

Day 2 – 1/5/19 – GMP & GDP guides for the pharmaceutical industry – chair Steve Moss

  • New developments with PQG Monographs – Jane Smith
  • Understanding the GDP requirements and finding solutions – Steve Moss

For more details please see the event website:

All bookings and enquiries must be made via the meeting organiser.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019:
The PQG Annual General Meeting (PQG Members only)

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019

Venue: Pullman Hotel, 100 – 110 Euston Road, London,NW1 2AJ Click here for location and directions to the Pullman Hotel

Meeting begins: This meeting will begin at approx 9:30 and end by 10:15.

Directions from Kings Cross St Pancras  follow the British Library exit signs, turn right onto Euston Road. Walk for 300m past the British Library, the hotel is located 5m on the right.

Directions from  Euston Station turn left on Euston Road at the Fire station and follow Euston Road for 600m. The hotel is on your left after Chalton Street.

All PQG members are welcome to attend, you do not need to book for this part of the meeting.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019:
Regulatory Update (NSF) and Quality Insights (CQI and MHRA)

The cost of the meeting is:

£180.00 (£150.00 + £30.00 VAT) for PQG Members
£225.00 (£187.50 + £37.50 VAT) for non-members

This meeting is taking the place of our usual March Annual MHRA Discussion meeting.

The PQG are EXCITED to announce that Key speakers from the MHRA, CQI and NSF have been secured to support the membership with this event.

At a time of increased workload, unprecedented change and complexity, the committee recognise the ongoing contribution and support these speakers are providing in addition to their ‘day jobs’ to support the PQG. We would like to encourage the membership to attend this event to learn from these regulatory and industry experts, to which this event offers exceptional value and key CPD investment for the Quality professional!

Location:  Pullman Hotel, 100-110 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AJ Click here for location and directions to the Pullman Hotel

Meeting begins: This meeting will begin at approx 10:30 and end by 16:30.


David Churchward (Expert GMDP Inspector) will provide the MHRA perspectives on Quality Culture: a foundation for Pharmaceutical Innovation including a Q&A session.

A robust organisational culture is the foundation of product quality and an enabler for new technologies and innovative supply chain approaches. This presentation will outline steps towards transformation of quality culture and explore how this organisational mind-set can lead to successful control strategies for the flexible implementation of GMP.

Vincent Desmond (CEO of the Chartered Quality Institute) will be speaking on the Future trends for Quality as CQI marks its centenary year.

Four major trends have shaped quality management over the 100 years since the CQI was established in 1919. This presentation will outline these four trends and examine how they might continue to require change and transformation in quality management over the coming next decades.

Pete Gough (Executive Director NSF) will be providing a comprehensive Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Legislative update, which is a must for QP & RPs, trainee QPs & RPs, auditors and Quality Professionals followed by Q&A.

To facilitate participation and open discussion, numbers will be strictly limited to 50 attendees.


10:00 – 10:30 Coffee/Registration
10:30 – 11:30 CQI in its centenary year and the future trends for quality – Vincent Desmond (CEO)
11.30 – 12:30 MHRA – Quality Culture: a foundation for Pharmaceutical Innovation – David Churchward (Expert GMDP Inspector)
12:30 – 13:00 Q&A (CQI and MHRA)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 NSF Regulatory update with Q&A – Pete Gough (Executive Director)
16:00 – 16:30 PQG Monographs (current and future plans)- Jennifer Armstrong (Monographs Coordinator)
16:30 Meeting close

The meeting will also provide an ideal forum for discussion, an excellent opportunity to network with other QPs and will count towards your CPD.

The cost of the meeting includes a hot lunch (with vegetarian options) and tea/coffee at breaks.

To book your place and pay by Credit Card, click on the green button above in this advert.

To contact the meeting organiser: e-mail

Confirmation of your place and VAT receipt: You will receive this by e-mail within a week of booking your place. A certificate of attendance will be provided at the meeting for your CPD records.

NOTE: PQG payments and refunds policy for meetings.

Payment must be made prior to the meeting using our Credit card payment system. In case of difficulty paying this way, please contact the meeting organiser using the e-mail contact listed for each meeting.

Entry to events may be refused if payment is not received before the event.
Refunds for non-attendance will only be given if notified to the meeting organiser more than 14 days before the event. Once payment has been made, cancellations will incur an administration fee, which will be a minimum of £25.
Substitutions may be made at any time, preferably in writing to the meeting organiser shown on the meeting notice above.

Note that the PQG reserves the right to alter any meeting programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

At any meeting, the views expressed by individual contributors are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of PQG as a whole.