Czech Republic & Slovakia ISPE Affiliate’s Annual Conference
The conference titled Risk Analysis and Management was the fifth annual conference held by the local ISPE Affiliate. Going through the short Affiliate history I only remind that the previous conferences took place in Opava (History of Pharmaceutical Industry in Opava/Pharmaceutical Engineering; 2003), Brno (High-Potent Compounds; 2004), Kutná Hora (New Trends in API Production; 2005) and Prague (Pharmaceutical R&D Trends; 2006). Conference 2007 was held in Brno again, this time under a title Risk Analysis and Risk Management, at the end of October (on Friday, October 26). The conference hosted 67 attendees coming from pharmaceutical and engineering companies from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia.
The roles of lecturers were taken by Jiøí Moninec (G.M.Project) who had an opening word an a presentation titled Risk-based Approach in Czech and Slovak Environment, Prof. Josef Horák (VŠCHT Prague) presenting the topic of Risk Analysis in Chemical Industry, Thomas Riffel (Siemens) presenting Siemens Pharma Portfolio and a Ferring Case Study. A short lunch-break was followed by the afternoon block in which the floor was taken by Karel Beneš (G.M.Project) presenting Quality Management, Jaromír Šolc (Zentiva) with Risk Analysis and Management – Application to „Containment“ Production, Milan Turinský (Zentiva) with Risk Assessment in Validation of Weighing System and once more Thomas Riffel, this time presenting Siemens Approach to Risk and Impact Assessment. Prof. Zdenìk Bìlohlav (VŠCHT Prague) gave brief information on a new education programme for pharmaceutical engineers (in the Institute of Chemical Technology) and at the conclusion the attendees were told about the programme of ISPE international educational events at the end of 2007 and for 2008, and briefly about some other international ISPE activities (Communities of Practice, CPIP).
The Affiliate Committee hereby thanks all lecturers who took their roles professionally and managed to create atmosphere full of serious information and knowledge which was, contrariwise, pleasant and enjoyable. We hope that all attendees left Brno satisfied and with the feeling that participation in the conference would be beneficial for them. We would also like to express our thanks for support and give appreciation for them to be particular about their professional advancement and take part in events like this one (theses are namely Baxter BioScience, Block, Compas automatizace, Elektroprojekta Ro?nov, Farmak, Hoechst-Biotika, IMUNA PHARM, IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Lab&Pharma, PHAR SERVICE, PLIVA-Lachema, Regom Instruments, Siemens, Supera Business Management, Supera Poslovno Upravljanje, Synthon, Taurid Ostrava, VŠCHT, Zentiva and zeta&kozlovský).
Last but not least, we would like to thank the sponsors of this event who contributed both financially and organizationally to the successful course of this event. These are namely Siemens, Compas Automatizace and Regom Instruments.
We look forward to meet you all in future ISPE events!
In the near future the Affiliate is going to take part, through the Institute of Chemical Technology, in a project of Master of Science programme involving leading European pharmaceutical universities. In recent years, the Institute of Chemical Technology started to be active in a new field of study – drug synthesis and manufacturing. The initially Bachelor programme is going to be extended soon to the MSc. one and involves lots of features of the branch called pharmaceutical engineering.
Since the autumn 2005 we have been encouraged to translate the pharmaceutical glossary of terms which is available on the ISPE websites. What seemed to be a simple task at first has grown in an almost irresolvable problem. We involved the Institute of Chemical Technology and agreed on a common acting. The Ministry of Education was addressed with an application for an aid grant. After a few months of waiting and protraction (and a change of the leading political party) the application was rejected. An addressed sponsor, a big Czech pharmaceutical company, has proved to be reluctant in this issue. The latest decision is to continue the project without any other third party being engaged, i.e. in cooperation of The Institute and ISPE, and try to find some money for refunding people involved from other sources, pending the translation process.
Communities of Practice
Attendees to the Affiliate events have been informed about ISPE forums associating pharmaceutical professionals of the respective specializations who can help each other to solve their problems and develop, innovate and share knowledge, experience and practices. Being a community member can help your own career and your company to keep up with the current industry trends. For more information go to the ISPE COP website.
What may be new for the local members is a programme called Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional (CPIP) credential which was unveiled during last year’s annual meeting. The CPIP programme is governed by the ISPE Professional Certification Commission who develop and administer credentialing programmes for the global pharmaceutical industry. For more information about CPIP and PCC, click here.
In the section Upcoming Events you can find a list of planned activities organized by both the Affiliate and ISPE as a world-based community.
Recently, there have been frequent questions regarding educational programmes offered by ISPE. Here is the answer:
Q: What is the difference between conferences and training courses organized by ISPE?
A: Training courses offer basic information for those who are new in the pharmaceutical industry or provide new knowledge to those who are experienced in their branch but requirements of their job have changed. Conferences present hot news and most topical information from various areas of the pharmaceutical industry and serve above all as upgrade and update of knowledge.
If you have any questions regarding conferences, seminars, courses, workshops or webinars, the Annual Meeting etc. held by the ISPE Affiliate or the ISPE Headquarters or European office, please refer to the Global Event Calendar or Contact Us.
Q: How to join ISPE?
A: There are a few ways how to join ISPE. The first one is simply through ISPE website. Being from the Czech Republic or Slovakia, you have a possibility to select the Emerging Economy Member status – read more in the respective section. Once you have selected a type of membership, either join ISPE online or print the application form, fill it in and sent to the ISPE European Office by fax (the number in page 2 of the application form). If you don’t wish to pay with credit card or any other ways provided in the application form, please complete the application form being sent with a letter requesting issuing an invoice (provide all necessary invoicing data). If you still are not sure or have some problems, Contact Us.
Q: What is Emerging Economy status?
A: ISPE offers reduced membership fee and discounts for attending educational events (reduced attendance fee) for individuals who come from countries classified by ISPE as “emerging economies”. Visit the Emerging Economy Countries page for more information. It’s really worth using this benefit; for example, a conference fee can be 50% less!