The pharmaceutical industry increasingly relies on complex supply chains to develop and manufacture drugs and medical devices. As a result, if you pursue a career with a pharmaceutical manufacturer, you could find yourself working with numerous suppliers, some of which may be located all over the world.
Quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) are becoming ever more important topics given this increasing reliance on suppliers. Quality issues in the client-supplier relationship can lead to shortages, recalls, and disruptions to getting products approved and to market. Fortunately, your pharmaceutical quality training can help you maintain QA/QC standards with suppliers. Here’s how.
Pharmaceutical Quality Training Prepares You to Test and Audit Suppliers
Just as government health agencies regularly conduct tests and audits of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers themselves also frequently test and audit the suppliers they work with. Testing the raw materials that suppliers provide or auditing the facilities of suppliers allows manufacturers to verify that those suppliers are adhering to the same QA/QC standards as the manufacturer.
In your training in pharmaceutical quality control, you’ll receive instruction in various pharmaceutical testing methods. Additionally, you’ll also be taught about pharmaceutical auditing. These courses will help prepare you for a career where testing and auditing suppliers may be necessary.
Communication Skills Help Ensure Suppliers Understand Quality Requirements
Communication is essential to maintaining consistent quality standards. However, given the complexity of the supply chain, open and direct communication is becoming more of a challenge. To overcome this, some manufacturers ensure that there is a single point of contact between their own QA/QC departments and the QA/QC departments of each supplier. Having just one point of contact helps to reduce misunderstandings and ensures that directions concerning pharmaceutical quality are communicated quickly and clearly.
When you study pharmaceutical quality control, you’ll learn about technical writing and scientific communication. Understanding how to write and communicate in a way that makes your concerns and requests clear is essential when communicating with suppliers, especially given the high stakes involved in ensuring pharmaceutical products are safe to use.
Studying International Regulations Helps Clients and Suppliers Play by the Same Rules
Makers of drugs and medical devices routinely work with suppliers in countries around the world. Globalization allows manufacturers to tap into resources, expertise, and labour that may not be available or economical in their home countries. However, this complex global supply chain means it is necessary that suppliers and manufacturers be working in accordance with the same quality control standards.
Your pharmaceutical quality training can help prepare you for a career where manufacturers and suppliers located in different parts of the world adhere to the same standards. For example, you’ll learn about international drug regulations during your studies, including US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, which are frequently followed by international manufacturers and suppliers. In addition, you’ll also gain an understanding of Canada’s Therapeutic Products Directorate, which regulates drugs and medical devices for use in Canada. Learning about various pharmaceutical regulations will make it easier for you to ensure both manufacturers and suppliers are following the same rulebook in terms of quality.
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