Advanced Pharmacovigilance

This course will be of maximum benefit to those drug safety professionals who are working both in the clinical and post-marketing safety arena including QA for auditing

25-27 Mar 2020

& 23-25 Sep 2020

GBP 1,849
EUR 2,589
USD 2,884

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Course overview

Pharmacovigilance has undergone rapid regulatory change in recent years, which has resulted in a complex range of safety and risk assessment activities to perform. This three-day course is designed for those with at least two years’ knowledge in drug safety and will provide a comprehensive, yet practical assessment of the main regulations required to produce a compliant reporting company.

Key topics to be addressed:

  • Audits and expectations – risk-based inspections
  • Compliance and drug safety
  • Overview of the PSMF in the EU
  • Product safety reviews – purpose and function (incorporating the latest EU signal analysis requirements)
  • Safety reporting in licensing agreements
  • Developing company core safety information (CCSI) – CIOMS III
  • PSURs – timing, content and the DSUR and the latest ICH E2C (2nd revision requirements)
  • Implications for safety reporting in global clinical trials
  • Risk-benefit determinations
  • Risk management plans (RMPs)

By attending this event, you will:

  • Expand your global safety knowledge
  • Enhance your team’s capabilities and compliance in both the regulations and your company’s expectations
  • Help ensure you build and maintain a quality pharmacovigilance department ready for any pharmacovigilance inspection
  • Participate in group workshop sessions and discuss how to apply the legislation to ensure compliance, especially to satisfy regulatory inspections

Who should attend?

This course would be of maximum benefit to those safety professionals who are working both in the clinical and post–marketing safety arena including QA for auditing. The course covers very diverse activities within the safety department and would be advantageous to those who have either multifunction responsibilities or medical directors who manage teams in the various disciplines.

Programme - Day one

Due Diligence

  • Due diligence on products companies (partners and acquisitions)
  • Due diligence involvement – team composition
  • Safety information requirements for due diligence
  • Review of safety data (clinical and post-marketing)
  • Defining risk in due diligence appraisals

Training for drug safety reporting duties

  • Regulations concerning safety training
  • Who trains whom and when?
  • Training versus job description
  • Training records, maintenance and updates
  • Role of QA and HR in training

Audits and expectations

  • Regulatory expectations in Pharmacovigilance audits (risk-based inspections)
  • Preparation for the audit
  • Records to be available at the audit
  • Audit findings/recommendations

Compliance and drug safety

  • Basic principles – what will the regulators want to see?
  • Measuring compliance
  • Quality versus quantity in safety reports
  • Future aspects in ensuring efficient compliance
  • Quality management under the new EU legislation


  • The PSMF – purpose and maintenance
  • The PSMF annexes
  • The PSMF and audits

Interactive exercise: The requirements for a safety department

Programme - Day two

Product safety reviews – purpose and function

  • The Safety Review Committee (SRC)
  • What to look for in signal evaluation under latest EU guidance
  • Timings for safety review in clinical and post-marketed products
  • Record keeping for safety review meetings
  • Serious safety findings – crisis management following new safety findings

Interactive exercise: Designing the requirements for a safety review group

Safety reporting in licensing agreements

  • What types of licensing agreements exist?
  • What are the EU and FDA Regulations concerning licensing agreements?
  • Audits of pharmacovigilance capabilities in licensing partners
  • What agreements need to be in place for safety reporting?
  • Safety reporting agreements – what needs to be covered?
  • Monitoring safety agreements – what happens if it goes wrong?


  • Developmental core safety information (DCSI)
  • How to determine what to include and what to exclude in DCSI/CCSI
  • Are there differences in EU and FDA?
  • Maintenance and development of CCSI

Interactive exercise: Should new safety data from a clinical trial be put into core safety information?

PSURs and the revisions in ICH E2C

  • Timing for PSURs
  • PSUR content and latest format
  • Late breaking information and PSUR extensions
  • The DSUR

Programme - Day three

The EU Clinical Trials Directive

  • The principles of the Directive
  • Implications for safety reporting in global clinical trials
  • The SUSAR database
  • The EUDRACT database
  • The new EU Clinical Trial Regulation

Risk-benefit determinations

  • Definitions of risk-benefit – FDA and EU perspective
  • Risk-benefit assessments – who does this and where does the information go?
  • Safety assessments and risk-benefit – frequency and reporting
  • Changes in risk-benefit – how to manage and review existing profiles

Interactive exercise: Reviewing the safety and risk-benefit of a product


  • Purpose
  • Content
  • Monitoring and updating the RMP
  • Reporting the RMP

Crisis management within drug safety

  • Regulations and guidelines in connection with serious safety issues
  • What determines a crisis?
  • Communications to regulators – what is required?
  • Communications within the company
  • What happens next?

Interactive exercise: Deciding how to handle a major crisis within the company

Delegates will be split into groups and present what they need to have in place in order to effectively manage the crisis and look to its resolution.


Graeme Ladds

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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25-27 Mar 2020
25-27 Mar 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,849.00
EUR 2,589.00
USD 2,884.00
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23-25 Sep 2020
23-25 Sep 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,849.00
EUR 2,589.00
USD 2,884.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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Very valuable with real examples. I liked that future elements of PV regulation was pointed out and not just the current one

Dorthe Lundmark, Drug Safety Coordinator, Pharmacosmos A/S

Great presentations, great time keeping, good balance between exercises and presentations

Ida Mizera, Local Responsible Person for PV, Grunenthal Ltd

[The speaker} Shared a lot of knowledge and experiences which put in context the regulation/expectations from agencies, and makes the course really interesting.

Audrey Dicaire-Lavigne, Pharmacovigilance Leader, Jubilant Draximage Inc.

The speaker had a really extensive knowledge and he was able to transmit in a very clear way all the topics.

Elena Jiménez Gutiérrez, Global Safety Professional, LEO Pharma

Graeme has superb knowledge of the regulations and guidelines around pharmacovigilance and talks in a passionate and engaging manner. An excellent course that really gives the students a much better understanding of pharmacovigilance and the opportunity to share knowledge. The content was spot on and Graeme's presentation style was engaging.

Christopher Harper, Pharmacovigilance and Medical Information Manager, Blue Earth Diagnostics

The content of the course was excellent for an all round view of PV, the presentations were good and flowed from one aspect of PV to another. Graeme's passion and energy for drug safety was evident throughout the 3 days, I really enjoyed this course.

Ciara Walsh, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance, Noden Pharma DAC

A PV overview in three days, that's nice.

Tina Pank Vase, Associate Professional, LEO Pharma A/S

The course was thorough and the manual a good resource to refer back to. The speaker had a very engaging presentation style and freely answered questions and shared real-word examples and inspection expectations.

Katy Blake, PV Specialist , Dexcel Pharma Limited

A very knowledgeable and experienced speaker always ready to answer all the questions and give real-life examples.

Darya Pospíšilová, Pharmacovigilance Project Manager, Arriello

Amazing for continuing to develop skills in PV to keep up with the regulatory expectations

Maria Calvo Subirats, GCP&GVP Responsible (QA Unit), Ferrer Internacional

This course provides a great opportunity to gain understanding of latest updated on the PV regulatory requirements and the expectation from regulatory inspectorate.

Maria Calvo Subirats, GCP&GVP Responsible (QA Unit), Ferrer Internacional

It covers a lot of subjects, it was a complete course regarding activities in Pharmacovigilance. Presentation and speakers were really clean.

Gwladys Becuwe, Drug Safety Officer, Anticipsante

Content, presentation and speaker were just great.

Wendy Kleijberg, QPPV, Baggerman Farma Consult

I have understood better from where some regulations come from(Cions). Graeme is a great lecturer who managed to keep the 3 days always dynamic and live

Faouria Dervisagic, Drug Safety Associate, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Very good speaker

Nicolas Vauche, Drug Safety Officer, AnticipSante

Was great, will support my work

Anette Wolfmeyer, Deputy QPPV (Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance), Bayer Animal Health GmbH

Excellent course - taught me from A to Z about PV. Content well coordinated to capture audience with different levels of PV experience. Excellent speaker. Highly recommended.

Suna Horner, Associate Medical Manager, HRA Pharma UK & IE Ltd.


Olga Orlova, PV Process Manager, Bayer, JSC

Good content and put into real life context

Tony Rigden, Head Of Regulatory & Pharmacovigilance, Chiesi UK LTD

Graeme is clearly a PV Expert. The content of training gave a very good overview of all aspects of PV. Finally, a course that you can use in your daily work-life.

Thea Ellermann Petersen, Senior Pharmacovigilance Specialist, LEO Pharma

Very interesting and interactive course. Good training material and a competent trainer

Francesca Romana Borgia, PV QA Specialist & Auditor, Chiesi


Mona Bjørkmo, Pharmacovigilance Scientist, GE Healthcare AS

Very good speaker with a wealth of knowledge. Good examples and real life stories. Would like other activities rather than pure listening.

Lisa Courtier, Drug Safety Officer, JensonR+ Limited

Very experienced in many areas relevant for PV. Good examples. Open for questions and discussions.

Ingvild Haugen, PV Scientist, GE Healthcare

Very good (advanced) course

Peter Kohut, PV Specialist, Ewopharma International, s.r.o.

Overall a very positive experience, the course covers very current and relevant topics, is well organised and presenter is an engaging speaker

Rita Bildøy, PV Compliance and Training Expert, Ge Healthcare Lifesciences

Really beneficial -Graeme is the best

Trine Allerslev, Senior Pharmacovigialnce Specialist, LEO Pharma

Trainer is excellent

Murugan Addepalli, Senior Research Scientist, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

More examples would be very helpful.

Jung Hyun Byun, PV Associate, Dong-A ST Co.,Ltd

I am really happy with all of it

Jelena Rebernisak, TPC Operations Coordinator, Pliva Croatia Ltd.

Content - highly relevant to my position. Presentation - enough detail and to the point. Speaker - very knowledgeable and engaging

Saha Jasarevic, Global Pharmacovigilance Scientist, GE Healthcare AS