Back to Basics in Pharmacovigilance (September)2020-06-19T12:20:50+00:00

Project Description

Back to Basics in Pharmacovigilance (September)

Course overview

Venue: Online training

Date: 02 Sep – 03 Sep 2020*

Back to Basics in Pharmacovigilance is a course designed to provide solid practical foundations for those working in drug safety. This course will benefit staff working in pharmacovigilance departments and will be of interest to a broad range of staff in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory authorities.

Monitoring drug safety is very important to public health. Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problems. Those working in pharmacovigilance must have a good working knowledge of the principles of drug safety, its regulations and proactive strategies for risk management.

The Back to Basics in Pharmacovigilance course is one of the three DSRU courses which comprise the Drug Safety Surveillance module of the PMST and can be used by pharmaceutical physicians as part of that training if required. This course is also one of the three compulsory units from our PgC/PgD in Pharmacovigilance run in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

*Please note that the course dates and programme may be subject to change.

 Our courses are recognised by PharmaTrain.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at:

  •  Pharmaceutical industry personnel from areas including pharmacovigilance, clinical research, medical affairs, medical writing, regulatory affairs and medical information
  •  Pharmaceutical physicians completing the Drug Safety Surveillance module of Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST)
  • Staff from regulatory authorities

How our courses work

  • Taught over two days
  • Small class size allows for one-to-one interaction with expert tutors
  • A combination of short lectures, practical workshops and interactive discussion sessions
  • Taught by a panel of expert speakers (minimum of four speakers per course) from industry and academia
  • Course materials including presentations, workshop material and suggested reading documents are made available electronically during the course
  • The agenda provides ample opportunity to network with expert speakers and your fellow delegates

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials are included in the registration fee.

Aims of course

  • To provide delegates with a historical perspective of pharmacovigilance
  • To explore the principles of causality
  • To ensure an understanding of basic terminology and provide definitions of key concepts
  • To introduce delegates to current key regulatory requirements, both local and international
  • To introduce delegates to the concept of benefit risk in pre-marketing development
  • To provide an awareness of the evolution of systems of reporting

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course delegates should be able to:

  • Critically appraise the founding principles of pharmacovigilance and landmark cases effecting change to recent drug safety issue
  • Explain key operational drug safety definitions
  • Demonstrate good pharmacovigilance practice and locate key sources of information and documentation
  • Critically discuss issues associated with global pharmacovigilance
  • Analyse the stages of drug development in terms of drug safety assessment and benefit risk
  • Critically explain the strengths and weakness of pharmacovigilance reporting systems
  • Identify and predict future challenges in drug safety and pharmacovigilance

Key Topics

Programmed features:

  • Historical aspects and evolution of drug safety
  • Regulatory aspects, including the Clinical Trial Directive and GVP modules
  • International Conferences on Harmonisation
  • Collecting and reporting drug safety information
  • Pharmacovigilance planning


Registration fee includes 20% discount as this course is now being taught online.

Cost Per Delegate:

£620 + VAT Academic

(Academic Units, Public Sector Organisations, Registered Charities)


£952 + VAT Standard

(Standard Registration)


£1040 + VAT PMST

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“Good overall coverage of main topics. Speakers were engaging and interactive sessions were good. Interesting to hear other opinions and points of view.”

Back to Basics delegate Feb 2020

“A broad overview of relevant topics. Speakers were very knowledgeable and approachable. I particularly enjoyed the interactive/practical sessions.”

Back to Basics delegate Feb 2020

“Good location and nice sized group. Friendly DSRU staff . Very enjoyable, thank you.”

Back to Basics delegate Feb 2020

“Good mix of presentations and interactive sessions. Good mix of topics.”

Back to Basics delegate Sept 2019

“Excellent variety of information and balance of interactive activities and lecture type teaching.”

Back to Basics delegate Sept 2019

“Excellent content and presentations. Very well put together. Enjoyed the practical aspects with workshops”

Back to Basics delegate Feb 2019

Back to Basics in Pharmacovigilance Course Leader

Jean Kilgour-Christie – Consultant

Jean Kilgour-Christie holds a Bachelor of Honours degree in Nursing from the University of Wales College of Medicine.  Following a clinical nursing career in general/emergency nursing and diabetology obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen.  She has over 25 years experience in Drug Safety/Pharma.  Her career started in VAMP research with the GPRD database (now held at the MHRA – CPRD).  Following this she spent time at SmithKline Beecham and Eli Lilly building up experience in all areas of PV  across clinical trial and post-marketing, gaining experience in many therapeutic areas including anti-invectives, cardiovascular, diabetes, CNS, vaccines, biologics and in particular oncology.  She also has experience globally and in particular working with the EMEA region, as Regional Head at Janssen, as well as working closely with Japan and Japanese regulations.  She has been Deputy EU QPPV at Takeda for the last 5 years, with one year as Interim QPPV.

Throughout her time in PV she has expertise in and has been involved in the implementation of many new initiatives including PSURs, PBRERs, Risk Management Plans, 2012 Regulations, GVP and most recently the EMA Simplification Changes.  She has spent three and a half years on the EFPIA PV Expert Group and has a particular interest and experience in training and development of PV.

Additionally she spent 2 years as European Head of Regulatory Operations at Janssen and as such gained experience in MAA, NDA and other global submissions from the regulatory as well as the PV perspective.

Contact Info

Drug Safety Research Unit Bursledon Hall, Blundell Lane, Southampton, SO31 1AA, U.K.

Phone: +44 (0)23 80 40 86 00

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