2019 ISPE North Bethesda May In-Depth Pharma Training Series

Gain solutions to your company's immediate goals to lower production costs, improve process efficiency, increase production quality and meet regulatory requirements.

  • Real World Practice:  Courses present exercises that use current problems and situations common to the industry.
  • Experienced Instructors:  Subject matter experts and top leaders in the pharmaceutical industry who have years of experience in their field of study.
  • Global Training to Fit Your Needs:  With classroom, eLearning and onsite training options available, ISPE training courses adapt to any schedule or location.   

Join us as we take a deep dive into critical areas of pharmaceutical manufacturing at the ISPE Bethesda Training Facility located at 6110 Executive Blvd, Suite 600, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Basic Principles of Computerized Systems Compliance using GAMP® 5, Including Revised Annex 11 and Part 11 Updated

6–7 May 2019

This Classroom training course has been updated to include the new revised EU GMP Annex 11, and an update on 21 CFR Part 11.

This three-day fundamental course introduces participants to regulatory requirements for computerized systems in the pharmaceutical industry and explores tried, tested, and internationally recognized methods of meeting those requirements. GAMP® guidance provides a pragmatic and effective framework for achieving computerized systems that are fit for intended use and meet current regulatory requirements.

The course does not aim to cover detailed and highly technical aspects of software and hardware engineering, but rather gives the principles and an overview of the overall computer systems compliance process, including a scalable and efficient system lifecycle, Quality Risk Management, GAMP® categories, the role of the supplier, and the selection of appropriate specification and verification activities.

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Winnie Cappucci retired from the position of Associate Director Product Supply IT Systems Compliance, North America for Bayer HealthCare. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 43 years and in global roles for the last 19 years. Ms. Cappucci has worked as a business process owner, an IT professional and lastly as a quality and compliance specialist in a highly regulated environment. In her last role Ms. Cappucci was responsible for developing and implementing Bayer’s global standards for computerized systems compliance. She is a past member of the ISPE International Board of Directors, Chair of the GAMP Council, member of the GAMP America Steering Committee and the GAMP Editorial Board.

A GAMP Approach to Data Integrity, Electronic Records and Signatures, and Operation of GxP Computerized Systems

8-10 May 2019

The importance and amount of data being generated to ensure product quality and patient safety continues to grow and proper controls around that data continue to be questioned. Regulatory agencies across the world are noticing a significant increase in data integrity issues. As a result, they are being forced to re-evaluate industry guidance and their enforcement strategies. Regulatory concerns and warning letters have extended to all areas of the pharmaceutical business, including manufacturing, development, clinical, pharmacovigilance and other areas of the product lifecycle. This course will cover data integrity, electronic records and signatures, and the compliant operation of GxP Computerized Systems to provide the tools and techniques to implement proper controls for data to ensure the integrity and validity of the information throughout the data lifecycle.

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Dr. Perez retired at the end of 2015 from the position of Director, Information Governance and Management for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. His responsibilities at Novartis included a wide range of IT Compliance issues, such as GxP, Sarbanes-Oxley, and data privacy. He served on several global Novartis teams dealing with computer systems compliance issues, and authored many of the firm's global GxP compliance policies. During his 32-year tenure at Novartis, he developed a broad range of experience. He was part of the core team that led the development of GAMP® 5, published in 2008. In addition, he initiated and led the Global Information Systems SIG, who wrote a GAMP® Good Practice Guide that was published in 2005, and he led the team that developed the second edition of this guide that was published in 2017. He was the lead author of the 2014 GAMP® GPG “A Risk-Based Approach to Regulated Mobile Apps,” and was part of the core author team for the 2017 “ISPE/GAMP Guide to Record and Data Integrity.”

HVAC for Pharma Facilities

1-3 May 2019

This classroom course focuses on common issues and problems in the operation of a facility and maintaining readiness for cGMP inspection. Topics include control system alarm management, common system construction deficiencies, cGMP documentation, maintaining an "inspection ready" state, frequency of testing and balancing, airflow visualization, air change rate reduction and more.

Participants will review global cGMP regulations, including an update of ISO14644-1 & 2 reflecting 2015 changes, as well as common interpretations of those regulations and how they may apply to their facilities. The class will explore critical issues at each stage of the product lifecycle, from R&D to Manufacturing, such as: controlling cross-contamination between products, determining the correct classification of spaces, proper control of storage temperature and humidity, setting acceptance criteria for HVAC systems and using risk assessment to set environmental criteria. Workshops that include templates will be provided to help participants immediately apply what they have learned.

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Norman Goldschmidt is President and Sr. Principal at Genesis Engineers. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering management, planning, design and construction in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Prior to joining Genesis, Norman served in numerous capacities during 20 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). Starting as a Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager and culminating as Executive Director, Global Engineering for Strategy and Design. His industry experience spans the many types of facilities and processes necessary to bring a drug to market - from R&D through Manufacturing. Mr. Goldschmidt studied Engineering Management at the State University of New York and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Buffalo. He holds 4 patents for innovations in HVAC and Pharmaceutical Processing, is an International Standards Organization (ISO) delegate, Adjunct Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Lead Author of the ISPE Good Practice Guide for HVAC as well as author, contributor and instructor for ISPE, ASHRAE, David Begg Associates and others.

A Risk-based Approach to GxP Process Control Systems: Applying the GAMP® Good Practice Guide: A Risk-Based Approach to GxP process Control Systems (2nd Edition)

13-14 May 2019

This highly interactive classroom course describes how the GAMP® Good Practice Guide: A Risk Based Approach to GxP Process Control Systems, may be applied to achieve process control systems that are fit for intended use and meet current regulatory requirements. The course covers recommended good practice based on a lifecycle approach for the development and management of process control systems and shows how the principles and concepts of GAMP 5 may be practically applied to process control systems. The course covers both regulated company and supplier quality management systems and the full system life cycle from concept to retirement.

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James W. (Jim) John, PMP, is a Senior Project Manager with ProPharma Group and has worked with clients in the areas of pharmaceutical project management, validation, and Part 11 remediation in the manufacturing and laboratory environments for the past fifteen years. Prior to ProPharma John worked for Rockwell Automation and several compliance consulting companies dealing in the FDA Regulated industries. John began his career working in plant operations and engineering in the chemical industry with BASF followed by several years working in the Manufacturing IT Group at Nabisco. He has served as a featured speaker at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. John has been a member of ISPE and the ISPE Midwest Chapter for 22 years his other professional affiliations include: Chairman of the JETT Consortium (a special interest group of ISPE's GAMP COP), member of the GAMP Americas Steering Committee, member of ISPE's North American Education Committee and training developer and presenter for FDA in-house training for CSV. In support of ISPE John has served on guideline development committees for ISPE (including GAMP®) and PDA, and has had papers published by ISA, Pharmaceutical Online, and ISPE's Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine.

Practical Implementation of Process Validation Lifecycle Approach

15–17 May 2019

Lifecycle Process Validation (PV) remains one of the most important and commonly misunderstood topics in the pharmaceutical industry. How many lots should I make? Are we taking enough samples? Do we need to use statistics in our protocols? The real question may be: am I even focusing on the right questions? Course participants will focus on the practical application of the lifecycle approach to all stages of process validation to gain valuable knowledge and insight on the regulations, guidance, and best practices currently utilized across the industry.

This classroom course is relevant to individuals working throughout the pharmaceutical product lifecycle in development, manufacturing, quality, and many other roles involved in validation of products and processes. It will help you integrate and link the science and risk-based lifecycle approach for process validation to your overall pharmaceutical quality system. It will provide you with practical application of quality risk management tools in preparation and planning for validation of your manufacturing control strategy. It will deliver statistical approaches and tools which can be used to strengthen and justify your decision-making rationale for defendable process design and process performance.

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Shawn Gould is Director of Compliance with Johnson & Johnson’s Regulatory Compliance group. He currently holds responsibilities in the Pharma Segment overseeing compliance issues regarding large molecule products as well as serving on Proactive Compliance and PV Lifecycle Implementation teams. Shawn also served in the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Compliance where he worked on the pre-approval process for new and generic drugs with special emphasis on applications involving QbD and PAT concepts. He also served on FDA working groups relating to Quality Systems, the PAI process, Strategic Planning, and Lean Operations within the agency.


Tara Scherder has over 30 years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as a statistician, process engineer, master black belt, and educator. She has functioned as both an in-house and external statistical consultant to drug substance and drug product teams across the product lifecycle for small and large molecule platforms. Tara’s formal education includes a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS degree in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Her current passion as partner at SynoloStats is the implementation of statistical methods for lifecycle process validation, with a keen focus on business context and value.