The NFQ level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in (Bio)Pharma Processing is an innovative programme offered to science, engineering and pharmacy graduates who wish to take up employment in the Irish (Bio)Pharma sector. The programme commencing in September 2016 will be taught over two semesters (September to December and January to April). The programme is part-time and will be taught via a combination of classroom and laboratory classes delivered Fridays (9.30am to 4.30pm) in the School of Pharmacy, UCC and the provision of course materials that students can study under their own schedule at home.   This programme provides an excellent opportunity to obtain an overview of the theory and practical elements of the pharmaceutical and biopharma production of medicines. In addition to technical readiness for employment, the certificate is designed to support participants with job readiness. The module ‘Transitioning into the Workplace’ (5 ECTS) is designed to assist students in actively planning and preparing for their future careers and support students in their application for placements and positions within the (Bio)Pharma sector.   Participants of the previous delivery of this programme 2015/2016 are now employed in technical roles in GSK, Merck Millipore, Boston Scientific and Biomarin.   Should you have any queries about this programme, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Abina Crean on 021-4901667 or For further programme details, please see and attached flyer.
The UK industry trade representative organisation Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has some very useful career resource information available on their website  
The European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG) has developed a series of e-Learning courses on biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing. These courses consist of audiovisual presentations with supplementary reading material and multiple choice questions and if the student is successful, will provide a certificate of competency (details provided in the link below). In order to gain initial feedback on the course, the series of fifteen eLearning lectures and supplementary reading material will be available to PIER members free of charge until 31st July 2016, providing that they provide feedback on the courses. Access details can be found in the members section of the PIER Website in 'Member Communications'.
  1. Biopharmaceutical Development
  2. Product & Process Development of Biopharmaceuticals
  3. The History and Concepts for Vaccine Formulations
  4. Vaccine Manufacturing Process Development
  5. Drug Delivery of Biopharmaceuticals
  6. Cell Culture-the Basis for Biopharmaceuticals/Biosimilars
  7. Characterization of Biopharmaceuticals
  8. Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals
  9. GMP for Manufacture of Biopharmaceutical Products
  10. Aseptic Processing of Biopharmaceuticals
  11. Manufacturing Facilities Required for a Biopharmaceutical/Biosimilar Production
  12. Stability testing of Biopharmaceuticals
  13. Specification for Biopharmaceuticals
  14. Analytical Skills and Methods required for Biopharmaceuticals
  15. Introduction to Biosafety of Biopharmaceutical Drug Products
  16. Glossary
For further information, see PHAR-IN Course Descriptors.

PQMS Auditor Training Course

Pharmaceutical Quality Management Systems (PQMS) Auditor/ Lead Auditor Training Course will be held in NIBRT from 27th June 2016 to 1st July 2016. Delegates will learn how to monitor and develop systems to improve quality thinking and business performance. This course is certified by the International Register for Certificated Auditors (IRCA) and is delivered by Inspired Pharma Training.  
PIER would like to draw attention to members interested in the MSL role of a course that SKH Development & Training in collaboration with Ashfield (part of UDG Healthcare) is running on Friday 27th May 2016 in Dublin MSL Course Flyer May 2016. For further information, email the course organiser Orla Sherlock on

PhD Opportunities for recent Pharmacy graduates within an EU funded Marie Curie Training Network

Have you ever considered completing a structured PhD training programme in another EU country? PEARRL is a European Training Network (ETN) recently funded under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions. PEARRL is a specialist PhD programme focused on developing innovative drug formulation strategies and regulatory tools tailored to facilitate earlier access to medicines. It brings together European Pharma industry, academia and regulatory agency partners in a multi-sectorial team to deliver a unique PhD training programme for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR). PEARRL will train 15 PhD students on strategies to develop novel bio-enabling formulations (“better drug products”), biorelevant and in silico methods to predict formulation performance in vivo (“streamlined development”) and serve as communication bridgers between research and regulatory science (“accelerated approval”), thus bringing Pharma industry and regulatory agencies objectives to fruition PEARRL have recently advertised PhD Studentships within the ETN. For further information please see the PEARRL website The candidates will be recruited within 2016 for a duration of 36 months. The deadline for applications is 15th May 2016.
The HPRA are recruiting for the role of Pharmaceutical Assessment Manager. Closing date is 9th May 2016. See below the link to vacancy on the HPRA website: Posted 20th April 2016
Two of the presentations from the PIER CPD meeting on 'Personalised Medicine' are now posted in the members area on the PIER website. The other presentation is available on direct request.