From Training to Learning Improving GMP Performance

Gibson Laboratories had a problem. A very expensive problem.

Last year it had to reject 14 lots of product due to contamination. So the company retrained its employees on aseptic technique and figured, problem solved. You can imagine Gibson's reaction when it was forced to reject 13 more contaminated lots this year.

These details come from a warning letter issued to Gibson. But they could easily apply to many drug, biologic, device or diagnostics firms. They could apply to you.

The risks go beyond warning letters. Regulated manufacturers face multi-million-dollar lawsuits for injury or death, plus huge costs to destroy the contaminated products.

And it often happens because, despite being trained, employees don't really understand what they've been taught.

Isn't it time to do some learning of your own — on how to change your training methods to improve GMP compliance and avoid unhappy situations like Gibson's?

Presented by LearningPlus and FDAnews, From Training to Learning: Improving GMP Performance is led by training expert James Vesper. This critical workshop thoroughly covers the best way to convey your GMP knowledge to your staff efficiently, accurately and effectively. Through a series of hands-on exercises, you'll develop and deliver a clear and concise GMP training program that will fully prepare your employees to handle GMP with confidence.

At From Training to Learning: Improving GMP Performance, you will:

  • Examine training systems and programs at use in the pharma, medical device and other industries
  • Identify current expectations that regulatory agencies and quality auditors have of training systems and programs
  • Use a systematic approach to decide when training is — and isn't — a useful solution to deviations and problems
  • Examine models that are used to efficiently design and produce training solutions that meet specific goals
  • Design a training solution that would be suitable for "ongoing" or reinforcement training of operations, staff, technical and management personnel
  • Discover how the way procedures are written can help — or hurt — training efforts
  • Discuss 5 ways to assess individuals and evaluate training effectiveness

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Here's what previous attendees have to say:

"I really enjoyed this course, the engaging activities. Hearing the real world experiences helped to bring the workshop examples to life. There are many examples that I can use on the job. Jim is a very good speaker. He is engaging and encourages participation."
Marrea Thomas
Procedures & Training Specialist, Daiichi Sankyo

"I liked the engagement and energy of Jim as presenter. Great examples of training goof ups. Jim is a great presenter with an excellent knowledge base."
Tom Andersen
Vice President Risk Management, Baxter Healthcare

"Training was very well done and contained a lot of knowledge I can bring back to my job function. Jim is very knowledgeable and enjoyable as a trainer. He has a lot of knowledge and experience to draw upon. Very helpful with providing ideas and resources."
Jackie Jellets
Senior Specialist, Schering Plough

"I liked learning the theory behind training program design. Jim is a great speaker — engages the audience. Thoroughly knows his material."
Valerie Ahmuty
Senior Director Regulatory Affairs, Aveva Drug Delivery Systems

  • Compliance officers
  • Consultants/service providers
  • Engineering and design control teams
  • Executive management
  • General/corporate counsel
  • Managers
  • Manufacturing directors and supervisors

  • Medical/technical writers
  • Pharmaceutical and cGMP auditors
  • QA/QC personnel
  • R&D staff
  • Regulatory/legislative affairs professionals
  • Risk management specialists
  • Training personnel
  • Validation specialists, scientists, engineers

James Vesper designs and develops instructional courses and workshops for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He is founder and president of the firm LearningPlus, Inc., and has had more than 28 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Vesper worked 11 years at Eli Lilly. His first assignment was as corporate industrial hygienist, followed by three years in corporate quality assurance. He was responsible for issues concerning the manufacturing and testing of parenteral products made at Eli Lilly facilities and third parties worldwide. His last assignment was project leader of GMP education and instruction, establishing the department and its mission.

Since 1991, Mr. Vesper has been creating innovative instructional training products for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries using video and computer technologies as more effective and efficient delivery media. Working as a consultant with a wide variety of clients, his firm creates integrated curricula for personnel and customized training courses targeted to specific needs. He presents papers and workshops at various international technical and professional meetings, including those of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, GMP TEA, PDA, Pharmaceutical Sciences Group and PharmTech. In 2001, he was awarded the PDA's Agalloco Award for Excellence in Training. He is also an advisor to the World Health Organization's Global Learning Opportunities/Vaccine Quality Group and has mentored, designed and developed learning programs that are in use worldwide.

April 8–9, 2010
Omni Chicago Hotel
676 North Michigan Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60611
+1 (312) 944-6664
Room rate: $189.00 single (plus 15.4% tax)
Reservation cutoff date: 3/17/10

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