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Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Quality Control

Credential Awarded

Ontario Post-Graduate Diploma
(Dip. Pharm QA-QC)

Program Duration:

Domestic Students:
Approx. 46 Weeks

International Students:
58 Weeks (46 weeks plus 12 weeks Co-Op Internship)

Start Dates

Domestic Students:
January, March, June and September

International Students:
January, June, and September

Schedule

Mon – Thu: 9:00am – 3:30pm,
Fri: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Your Career Option

In this program, you will learn and acquire specialized knowledge and practical skills required to function as a Quality Assurance or Quality Control personnel in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, cosmetics, and other life-science industries. Quality Assurance professionals are responsible for developing, monitoring and overseeing measures that assures control, reproducibility and reliability of manufacturing and testing processes. Through their activities, Quality Assurance professionals are responsible for ensuring that the Company meets government requirements as well as providing assurance of safety and efficacy of medicines to the consumers. Quality Control personnel conduct sampling and testing required to evaluate compliance of the manufactured products to compendial standards of safety and effectiveness.

Graduates of this program enjoy a high percentage employment rate and work for both multinational and generic company employers such as GSK, Apotex, Patheon, Novopharm, AstraZeneca, Health Canada, Sanofi-Aventis CML and Wyeth. They also find employment in other industries such as petrochemical, natural health and nutraceuticals.

Potential Career Paths

Careers

Graduates of this program are qualified for a career as:

  • Quality Assurance Associate
  • Qualified Person In-Charge (QPIC)
  • Quality Line Leader
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • QC Chemist
  • QC Document Reviewer

Our Program

In this program, you will learn and acquire specialized knowledge and practical skills required to function as a Quality Assurance or Quality Control personnel in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, cosmetics, and other life-science industries. Quality Assurance professionals are responsible for developing, monitoring and overseeing measures that assures control, reproducibility and reliability of manufacturing and testing processes. Through their activities, Quality Assurance professionals are responsible for ensuring that the Company meets government requirements as well as providing assurance of safety and efficacy of medicines to the consumers. Quality Control personnel conduct sampling and testing required to evaluate compliance of the manufactured products to compendial standards of safety and effectiveness.

Graduates of this program enjoy a high percentage employment rate and work for both multinational and generic company employers such as GSK, Apotex, Patheon, Novopharm, AstraZeneca, Health Canada, Sanofi-Aventis CML and Wyeth. They also find employment in other industries such as petrochemical, natural health and nutraceuticals.

Practical Experience (Integrated Co-op)

In this program, you will learn and acquire specialized knowledge and practical skills required to function as a Quality Assurance or Quality Control personnel in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, food, cosmetics, and other life-science industries. Quality Assurance professionals are responsible for developing, monitoring and overseeing measures that assures control, reproducibility and reliability of manufacturing and testing processes. Through their activities, Quality Assurance professionals are responsible for ensuring that the Company meets government requirements as well as providing assurance of safety and efficacy of medicines to the consumers. Quality Control personnel conduct sampling and testing required to evaluate compliance of the manufactured products to compendial standards of safety and effectiveness.

Graduates of this program enjoy a high percentage employment rate and work for both multinational and generic company employers such as GSK, Apotex, Patheon, Novopharm, AstraZeneca, Health Canada, Sanofi-Aventis CML and Wyeth. They also find employment in other industries such as petrochemical, natural health and nutraceuticals.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biological, Applied or Health Science, Chemistry, Pharmacy, some areas in Life Sciences or a related field.
  • Internationally-educated individuals must have the equivalent of a Canadian Bachelor of Science degree. Degrees completed outside of Canada must be evaluated by one of the following – International Credential Assessment Service, University of Toronto Comparative Education Service or World Education Service.
  • Some Canadian technology or life-science College Diploma may also qualify
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Program Details

Program Modules

Foundation Module

The foundation module is designed to provide a background in pharmaceutical sciences and introduce new concepts in pharmaceutical quality control, statistics, regulatory affairs and GMP. A crucial component of the foundation module is the introduction of pharmaceutical ethics and law, which prepares students for dealing with drug regulatory issues and compliance.

Core Module

This module provides training in pharmaceutical quality assurance and quality control. Emphasis is placed on:

  • Drug stability
  • Manufacturing processes and controls
  • Documentation and GMP
  • Auditing
  • Sampling plans
  • Method validation

Practical training is provided in analytical techniques and technical writing, which includes the development of protocols and standard operating procedures.

Advanced Module

The advanced module is primarily project based. These projects include raw material testing, in-process and finished product testing, utilizing a wide range of laboratory instrumentation including spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography (GC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). These laboratory skills are applied to analytical method development, process validation and stability testing in compliance with current regulations governing the industry.

Applicable Examination(s)

Examination & Continuous Assessment

Written, oral and practical examinations are mandatory at the end of the foundation and core modules. In the advanced module, assessment is based on dissertation and viva-voce. In addition, the overall grade is also based on continuous assessments encompassing GMP and GLP compliance, pharmaceutical documentation skills and interim quizzes.

The Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance & Quality Control Diploma is awarded upon successful completion of all three modules.