2-Day Virtual Seminar

SOP Writing, Training and Compliance in the Pharmaceutical Industry

BY: Michael Esposito, Principal at TrainReach Consulting, LLC

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Various parts of the country are still battling the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will conduct the class 100% online.

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Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are the basis for a large part of the day-to-day training that most pharmaceutical employees are required to perform. Still, it is not widely understood the extent of the commitments we make when we write an SOP or how the writing of the SOP can have a positive or negative impact on training or job performance. For example, there is an expectation that procedures describe the most critical processes for product manufacturing and will be followed consistently, with few if any deviations. In this course you will learn the keys to writing effective SOPs, the vital connection between the documentation and training spheres, and how to maximize this connection to improve the quality of both SOPs and training.

To accomplish these goals, we will review regulatory agency expectations when an SOP is written, provide suggestions for uncovering the process in its entirety and describe it clearly and concisely, indicate how to break portions of the process(es) into logical chunks, and show how the SOP and the training program can work together harmoniously.

Understanding how the average employee is swamped with more work than they can manage, we will also provide tips for shortening this process and take advantage of tools that probably already exist in the systems that you use on a day-to-day basis. We will provide valuable insights and examples that reflect the extensive experience of the instructor in the documentation and training fields., and which can assist you in writing and implementing SOPs with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:
  • To improve the writing of SOPs for more effective training and reduction of errors.
  • To understand the regulatory implications of what is written in an SOP
  • To learn the parameters of an effective SOP
  • To distinguish a well-written SOP from a poorly written one
  • To define processes better by effective interaction with the SOP process owner and/or author
  • To integrate the SOP effectively into the position curricula of employees
  • To explore the connection between SOPs and job performance, and measure retention of SOP content at the training stage
Who will Benefit:

Pharmaceutical industry, particularly those areas that develop SOPs for the manufacturing or quality monitoring of pharmaceutical products, as well as Information Technology (IT)

Day 01(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT)
  • 09.00 AM - 10.00 AM:
    • Seminar objectives review, expectations and scope.
    • Interview attendees re their specific responsibilities and needs
    • Agreement on focus
  • 10.00 AM - 11.00 AM:
    • Regulatory requirements for SOPs
    • What commitments you make when you put your process in writing
    • Consequences of noncompliance
    • Review or knowledge check
  • 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM:
    • Parameters of an effective SOP (scope, length, conciseness, responsibilities)
    • Distinguishing good SOPs from poor SOPs
    • Practice exercise
  • 12.00 PM - 01.00 PM: Lunch
  • 01.00 PM - 02.00 PM:
    • Using process excellence tools to create a robust process and procedure
    • Brief process excellence exercise using areas of expertise in room
  • 02.00 PM - 03.00 PM:
    • Pulling out the process from process owners and subject matter experts
    • Simulation of interview with stakeholders
    • Revision of procedures - avoiding pitfalls
    • Brief exercise to revise a process
  • 03.00 PM - 04.00 PM:
    • Keeping training in mind while writing procedures
    • Simulation of a discussion between training and documentation
    • Attendee practice
  • 04.00 PM - 04.30 PM:
    • Knowledge check for day
Day 02(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT)
  • 09.00 AM - 10.00 AM:
    • Seminar objectives review, expectations and scope.
    • Review of Day 1 topics, feedback and conclusions
  • 10.00 AM - 11.00 AM:
    • Relationship between SOPs and training curricula
    • Basics of training curricula
    • Structuring courses and modules
    • Demo of creating a curriculum with existing SOPs
  • 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM:
    • Exercise in creating training curricula with existing SOPs - breakout groups and flip charts
    • Group review
  • 12.00 PM - 01.00 PM: Lunch
  • 01.00 PM - 02.00 PM:
    • Curriculum completion and qualification to perform tasks
    • Special circumstances of systems training roles and curricula
    • Demo and practice of evaluating qualification
  • 02.00 PM - 03.00 PM:
    • Measurement of SOP and training effectiveness (e.g. knowledge assessment questions)
    • Tools in Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
    • How you as an SOP writer can access these tools
    • Exercise in evaluating training data
  • 03.00 PM - 04.00 PM:
    • Course review
    • Questions and feedback
  • 04.00 PM - 04.30 PM:
    • Knowledge assessment
Michael Esposito
Michael Esposito, Principal, TrainReach Consulting, LLC

Michael Esposito has 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and 13 years’ experience in GMP training and document management. He has worked for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division in a variety of areas including packaging, project administration, quality assurance, government contracts, translations, systems training, and international operations. He collaborated in the development and implementation of the training portion of the Consent Decree work plan for McNeil and revised their introductory GMP course. He is a member of the training organization GMP TEA and is fully fluent in Spanish. His areas of interest include systems training, training effectiveness, post-training user support, process improvement, and sustainable packaging.

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