TOPRA's Regulatory Affairs Live workshop (half day) is aimed at students, recent graduates and young professionals who are starting or looking to start a career in regulatory affairs. Invited speakers include key regulatory professionals from pharmaceutical companies (e.g. Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, GSK), regulatory consultancies, regulatory agencies (eg EMA, MHRA), regulatory recruitment companies and careers coaches. For further details see:
Some good insights into the role of a pharmaceutical assessor in a national regulatory agency by pharmacist Dr Marion Westwood.
The speakers at the IPSA 'Future of Pharmacy' event on Thurs 10th March 2016 in TCD have been announced:
  • Leonie Clarke, Pharmaceutical Consultant and former president of both EPSA and the PSI
  • Prof Paul Gallagher, Head of the School of Pharmacy at RCSI
  • Dr Catriona Bradley, Executive Director of the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP)
  • Member of the Future Pharmacy Practice Project of the PSI (Speaker TBC shortly)
  • Paolo Lacovelli, MD and Founder of Pharmaconex
  • Michelle Kirrane, Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Temple Street Hospital and Overall Pharmacist of the Year 2015
  • Muireann McAlister, Market Access Lead at Astra Zeneca Ireland.
Speakers will each have 12 minutes to dazzle you with their careers and insights into the pharmacy sector. IPSA Future of Pharmacy Meeting_10th March 2016
PIER members are invited to the IPSA 'Future of Pharmacy' Meeting when leading pharmacists from the profession will present (in TED-format) their views of the future of pharmacy. Register via this link IPSA Future of Pharmacy Meeting_10th March 2016
The Institute of Validation Technology are holding their 7th Annual Validation Week in the Hilton Hotel in Dublin this April. See the link below for more details and to download a brochure.
The European Parliament and Council has recently approved and published the Delegated Regulation (EU2016/161) in the Official Journal of the EU. The Regulation supplements the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) and introduces two mandatory safety features that will allow medicines to be verified and authenticated:
  • a unique identifier (a 2D data matrix code and human readable information) to be placed on medical products that can be scanned at fixed points along the supply chain;
  • tamper evident features on the pack.
All features will need to be in place in the supply chain by early 2019. The Commission has issued a Q&A document :
Interested in a career in marketing? Join EIPG/EPSA 'Chat with Professionals'  on Thursday 18th February 2016 at 19:00 CET (18:00 GMT).
The University of Sheffield MOOC on HTA is starting on Monday 15th Feb 2016. Runs for 4 weeks, committment is 3 hours per week. Ideal introduction to the topic. For further details, see
PIER is a voluntary organisation, supported by a committee elected from within the membership. PIER is entirely self funding and relies on the membership fee from working members to fund our activities. Up-to-date membership allows FREE access to all PIER CPD events. PIER membership is open to anyone who has undertaken a pharmacy degree (in Ireland or other countries) and is eligible to be listed on the Register of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. Membership Fees Full Membership: €100 (runs full year from 1st February to 31st January). Student Membership is free for MPharm interns and pharmacists undertaking further study (e.g. MSc, PhD). Membership Renewal When PIER membership expires, you will receive a notification email with a link to how to renew your membership.  If you can’t find that email simply follow the steps below:
  1. Log on to PIER using you username and password.  http://localhost/pier2016/login/ If you have forgotten your password, click the ‘lost password’ option to reset your password.
  2. Click on the ‘Educational Resources’ tab or http://localhost/pier2016/resources/
  3. Click register or click on http://localhost/pier2016/membership-account/membership-levels/.
  4. Then select ‘full membership’, which will lead you to a link to the Paypal website which will accept payment from credit card.
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