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A Practical Guide to Producing and Maintaining the PSMF Training Course

This course provides a practical guide to both producing and maintaining the PSMF to ensure compliance and has been fully revised to include the latest updates.

12 Jul 2022

& 4 Oct 2022

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Course overview

The pharmacovigilance system master file (PSMF) is a legal requirement for any medicinal product authorised in the European Union. The PSMF provides the regulators with a detailed description and assessment of the entire pharmacovigilance system and the outputs contained in the annexes provide an understanding of a company’s compliance. This course will provide a practical guide to planning, writing, maintaining and updating the PSMF to ensure compliance. The programme will cover the importance of the PSMF in regulatory inspections, including common PSMF inspection findings. You will discuss the processes and systems required to manage the PSMF as well as the latest advice on the impact of Brexit.

Benefits of attending:

  • Understand the regulatory requirements for the PSMF
  • Gain an overview of the key issues in producing, maintaining and updating the PSMF
  • Discuss the PSMF as a QMS document
  • Learn about the roles of the QPPV and the PSMF
  • Review common inspection findings and deficiencies related to the PSMF

Who should attend

This course will be relevant for anyone working in pharmacovigilance who requires a comprehensive overview of the PSMF, including QPPVs and those responsible for safety assessments. It will also be of interest to those who work with pharmacovigilance, eg in regulatory affairs, clinical, sales and marketing, legal, commercial and quality, as well as the audit group.


Introduction, welcome and objectives

Introduction and background to the PSMF

  • The DDPS and the PSMF
  • Objectives of the PSMF
  • Registration of the PSMF
  • Regulatory requirements and accessibility of the PSMF
  • Responsibilities of the marketing authorisation holder, updates and the EU QPPV

The content of the PSMF

  • The PSMF template
  • The level of detail required by the PSMF
  • Preparation of the annexes
  • The PSMF log book

The sections of the PSMF

  • The EU QPPV
  • Sources of safety data
  • IT and databases
  • Regulatory timeline compliance
  • The PSMF processes
  • The PSMF and audits
  • The company quality system and the PSMF

The annex requirements for the PSMF

  • The company product list
  • The EU QPPV list of delegated tasks
  • The list of SOPs and procedures
  • List of delegated activities to third-party partners
  • A list of completed audits and schedules
  • A list of performance indicators for the PSMF section
  • The roles and responsibilities of the EU QPPV
  • Master file number and version changes (audit trail)

The PSMF and inspections

  • The PSMF and inspection findings
  • Regulatory authority requests to view the PSMF
  • Transfer of responsibility for a pharmacovigilance system to the QPPV
  • Notifying the QPPV of changes to the PSMF
  • PSMF responsibilities with shared marketing authorisation holders
  • Change control, logbook, versions and archiving
  • Audit trails and the PSMF
  • The PSMF post-inspection

Final discussion session


Graeme Ladds (More...)

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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12 Jul 2022
Live webinar
UK (London)
12 Jul 2022
Live webinar
UK (London)
GBP 599.00
EUR 859.00
USD 970.00
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Live webinar
4 Oct 2022
Face-to-face, Rembrandt Hotel London
UK (London)
4 Oct 2022
Rembrandt Hotel London
UK (London)
GBP 699 599
EUR 979 839
USD 1,090 934
Until 30 Aug*
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Rembrandt Hotel London
  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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Continuing professional development

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Great webinar - content, presentation and speaker wise! Speaker has fantastic knowledge on Global PV requirements!

Minesh Vaidya, Head of Regulatory Compliance/RP/RPi/LSO/NCP, Nordic Pharma Ltd., Jan 22

The webinar was very informative and Graeme is a great speaker and he explained everything so well.

Preet Ekta Rai, Pharmacovigilance Specialist, Paladin Labs Inc, Jan 22

detailed overview and task-oriented tips

Irene Boz, Drug Safety Officer, Alliance Healthcare Management Services Ltd., Jan 22

Graeme was an excellent presenter and I have made countless notes from the presentation and from the advice he shared with us on the course. I really enjoyed it and it was a great introduction for me into the PSMF so thank you :-)

Mark Lorenz, Operations Associate, Reckitt, Jan 22

Very well explained and plenty of helpful examples

Laura Peralta Gámez, GCP&GVP QA , Ferrer Internacional, Jan 22

Very well explained and plenty of helpful examples

Laura Peralta Gámez, GCP&GVP QA , Ferrer Internacional, Jan 22

I hoped to better understand the content of the PSMF and what is requested during inspections. I definitely think that now I have a deeper insight on that and an overall comprehension of the best solutions to manage the PSMF properly. Very well presented, with a good level of details.

Giulia Ferrari, PHARMACOVIGILANCE SPECIALIST, Angelini Pharma s.p.a., Jun 21

In depth information delivered clearly from an expert with masses of experience in the field.

Marketa Slee , Pharmacovigilance Specialist , SOTIO a.s., Jun 21

Very clear explanation.

Gaetano Aiello, Manager, EU/International PV Office, JazzPharmaceuticals, Jun 21

Greame was clear and concise and answered our questions and gave good examples from his experience. Very enjoyable webinar with lots of content and clearly a very experienced speaker!

Claire Norman, Safety Advisor, The Boots Company, Jun 21

I thought the whole presentation was very well laid out and the speed of the session was great. I learned a lot more than I thought. Greatly appreciated the addition of the Brexit topic.

Karen Jacobs, Senior Director, GBT, Jan 21

It was really good and enjoyable, it was a comfortable environment too.

Shelley Browning, Regulatory and PV Manager, Weleda, Jan 21

Great course. The content was relevant and covered everything I felt was necessary. Would highly recommend to colleagues.

Leah Baker, Senior Pharmacovigilance Scientist, Norgine, Jan 21

[The speaker] was open to questions, engaging and interactive. Also knowledgeable and touching on topics globally. The course was very insightful and brought upon many ideas to go forward and improve the PSMF when writing or creating one for different countries.

Nomie Butt, Product information and vigilance officer, Nelsons & Co Ltd., Jan 19

The course on the whole was very interesting and comprehensive, mainly due to the speaker's knowledge in the area.

Shayni Tharma, Head of Regulatory Affairs & Pharmacovigilance, Consilient Health Limited, Jan 19