Quality and GMP Compliance for Virtual Companies (Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biologics Industries): 2-Day In-Person Seminar by Ex-FDA Director

By: David L. Chesney, Principal and General Manager, DL Chesney Consulting, LLC (Former FDA Director)
Location :- San Francisco, CA | Thursday, February 20, 2020 | Friday, February 21, 2020
“The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 13.8 live CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.”

We need the below information to serve you better

Course Description:

Today, many companies operate on an outsourcing model. This is very common for companies who are evolving from being mainly development-focused to a point where they are entering latter stages of Phase 2 or Phase 3 clinical trials, and plan to have a product ready for market approval in the coming months. Most such companies are small, and may not have deep expertise in QA and GMP compliance, relying on their partners to cover those areas. Companies who outsource the majority of operations through the use of Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs), Contract Research Organizations (CROs) and Contract Laboratories, however, remain responsible for the quality and compliance status of the products they send to the clinic or to the marketplace.

In this two day workshop conference you will learn the requirements and expectations of major health care regulators that are applicable to “virtual” companies. You will learn how to diagnose your company’s needs based on which GMP and GCP-governed operations you retain and which you outsource; what the current expectations and best industry practices are for selecting, qualifying and monitoring your contractors to ensure they are meeting your requirements; and how to build a quality system framework that is not excessive for your current needs, but has the structure and integration to “grow with you” as the scope your operations change in the coming months and years.

You will also learn best practices for managing a regulatory inspection, with emphasis on FDA, EMA and Health Canada, but applicable to most other major agencies as well.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this seminar will:

  • Understand the GMP and GCP requirements all virtual companies must meet regardless of the extent of their outsourcing operations
  • Understand how to select, qualify and monitor CMOs, CROs and Contract Laboratories
  • Learn the elements to include in a quality agreement (also known as a technical agreement)
  • Learn how to determine which GMP or GCP requirements apply to you, depending on the things you do internally and those you outsource
  • Understand your obligations under the law for products you release to the clinic or the marketplace
  • Appreciate the importance of maintaining data integrity
  • Learn how to effectively manage a health regulatory inspection:
    • Inspection logistics
    • Responding effectively to document requests and questions from inspectors
    • Managing the inspection exit discussion
    • How to write an effective response to inspection observations
    • How to find applicable inspection references and procedures of the FDA, EMA and Health Canada

Who will benefit:

This course is designed for those charged with managing Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for companies in the development or commercial phase of growth who either release investigational drugs to clinical trial sites or send commercial products to the market, but rely to a great extent on the use of Contract Manufacturers and/or Contract Laboratories. The following personnel will benefit from the course:

  • Senior quality managers in manufacturing QA/GMP or clinical quality areas
  • Quality professionals
  • Regulatory professionals
  • Clinical Operations
  • Compliance professionals
  • Quality auditors – GMP and GCP
  • Document control specialists

Course Outline

Day One (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • 08.30 AM - 09.00 AM: Registration
  • 09.00 AM: Session Start
  • Introductions and participant expectations for the program
  • Fundamentals of Good Manufacturing Practice
    • What is GMP?
    • Purpose of GMP
    • Basis in law: US, Europe, Canada
    • Elements that apply to all virtual companies
    • Elements that depend on how operations are conducted: How to tell what applies to your company
  • Data Integrity: What it is and why it is important to GMP
  • Fundamentals of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
    • What is GCP?
    • Purpose of GCP
    • Basis in law: US, Europe, Canada
    • Elements that apply to all virtual companies
    • Elements that depend on how operations are conducted: How to tell what applies to your company
  • Regulatory and business risks: The case for compliance
  • Virtual company organizational structure and responsibility for QA/GMP/GCP
  • Virtual company quality system structure and management
    • Policies, procedures, documentation management
    • Metrics and management review considerations
  • Selection, qualification and monitoring of contractors
    • Initial due diligence – public information sources to gage compliance
    • Qualification of vendors
    • Quality agreements – determining and documenting responsibilities for GMP
    • Vendor audit program
  • Day One Q&A and recap of progress meeting stated course expectations
  • Day TWo (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • Regulatory Inspections
    • Purpose of an inspection
    • Reasons for inspections
    • Inspections at virtual company headquarters locations – purpose and scope
    • Inspections at CMOs and Contract Labs
    • GMP inspections versus Preapproval inspections – FDA
    • GCP inspections of sponsors of clinical trials
    • EMA inspections – contrast with FDA
    • Health Canada inspections
  • Logistics for managing inspections at your location
    • Information sources about inspections on agency web sites: What you need and how to find it easily
    • Preparation for inspections
    • Overall process – ready room support
    • Receiving and hosting the inspectors
    • Providing documents
    • Answering questions
    • Interpersonal dos and don’ts for interacting with inspectors
    • Managing the exit discussion at the conclusion of the inspection
  • Inspections at your contract organizations
    • Making sure your CMO and contract lab are “PAI ready”
    • Training employees to assure inspection readiness – pitfalls to make sure you avoid
    • Conducting mock inspections effectively
  • Post-inspection communications with the inspecting agency
    • How to write an effective response
    • Common mistakes to avoid
    • Following up to ensure the response is satisfactory
    • When to request a meeting, and if granted, how best to handle it
  • Enforcement considerations
    • FDA enforcement process – domestic and ex-US
    • EMA enforcement
    • Health Canada
  • Final Q&A, discussion, and conclusion
  • 4:30 PM: Adjourn
  • Meet Your Instructor

    David L. Chesney
    David L Chesney
    Principal and General Manager, DL Chesney Consulting, LLC (Former FDA Director)

    David L. Chesney, MSJ, is the Principal and General Manager for DL Chesney Consulting, LLC, providing GMP and GCP compliance consulting and training services to clients world wide. He has 47 years experience, evenly divided between the FDA and the private sector, including over 20 years as Vice President, Strategic Compliance Services for PAREXEL Consulting. Prior to joining PAREXEL Consulting, he served 23 years with the FDA as an Investigator, Supervisory Investigator, Director of Investigations and ultimately as District Director in San Francisco, managing all FDA operations in Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.

    Mr. Chesney has an MS degree in Jurisprudence, concentrating in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law from Seton Hall University School of Law, a Bachelor's degree in Biology from California State University, Northridge, plus three years of graduate study in Biology at CSU Northridge and CSU San Diego. Mr. Chesney is a member of the Parenteral Drug Association, where he serves on the faculty of the PDA Training and Research Institute. He is also active in the Food and Drug Law Institute and RAPS.

    Venue

    Location:
    San Francisco, CA (Venue to be announced shortly)

    February 20-21, 2020
    Register Online

    Register Online

    $2,099

    Seminar One Registration

    February 20-21, 2020, San Francisco, CA
    (Registrations till December 5, 2019 - $2099)
    (Registrations after December 5, 2019 - $2199)

    Early bird seats are limited and based on first-come, first-serve.

    The registration fee includes: the workshop; all related course materials; morning tea/coffee with cookie; lunch, on both the days.
    For discounts on multiple registrations, contact customer care at +1-1-888-771-6965.

    Register by Wire Transfer

    If you wish to pay by wire transfer: Please call us at
    Toll Free +1-1-888-771-6965


    Download Registration Form

    Yes, I want to attend "Quality and GMP Compliance for Virtual Companies (Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biologics Industries): 2-Day In-Person Seminar by Ex-FDA Director"
    Click here to Download Registration Form
    If you are paying by check:
    Checks should be payable to MetricStream Inc. (our parent company). and mailed to:
    2479 East Bayshore Road, Suite 260
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
    USA

    Terms & Conditions to register for the Seminar/Conference/Event

    Your Registration for the seminar is subject to following terms and conditions. If you need any clarification before registering for this seminar please call us @ +1-888-771-6965 or email us @ editor@grcseminars.com

    Payment:

    Payment is required before 2 days of the date of the conference. We accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard. Make checks payable to MetricStream Inc. ( our parent company)

    Cancellations and Substitutions:

    Written cancellations through fax or email (from the person who has registered for this conference) received at least 10 calendar days prior to the start date of the event will receive a refund — less a $300 administration fee. No cancellations will be accepted — nor refunds issued — within 10 calendar days from the start date of the event.

    On request by email or fax (before the seminar) a credit for the amount paid minus administration fees ($300) will be transferred to any future GRC Seminars event and a credit note will be issued.

    Substitutions may be made at any time. No-shows will be charged the full amount.

    We discourage onsite registrations, however if you wish to register onsite payment to happen through credit card immediately or check to be submitted onsite. Conference material will be given on the spot if it is available after distributing to other attendees. In case it is not available we will send the material after the conference is over.

    In the event GRC Seminars cancels the seminar, GRC Seminars is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, other costs or losses incurred by registrants. Some topics and speakers may be subject to change without notice.

    Attendance confirmation and Documents to carry to the seminar venue:

    After we receive the payment from the registered attendee an electronic event pass will be sent to the email address associated with the registrant before 5 working days from the seminar date. Please bring the pass to the venue of the event.

    Conference photograph / video:

    By registering and attending GRC Seminars conference you agree to have your photographs or videos taken at the conference venue and you do not have any objections to use these photos and videos by GRC Seminars for marketing, archiving or any other conference related activities. You agree to release GRC Seminars for any kind of claims arising out of copyright or privacy violations.

    Media Partners

    If you wish to partner with us for this event please contact us: partner@grcseminars.com or call us: +1-888-771-6965.
    Media Partner Benefits
    • Logo and company data on the event website.
    • Logo on the conference material distributed during the conference.
    • Media Partner’s brochure distributed along with conference material.
    • Logo on all the mailings before and after the event.
    • 10% discount to media partner's subscribers.
    Media Partner to do
    • Banner (min 728x90 or 468x60) on the Media Partner website.
    • Insertion of the event in the event calendar, both printed and/or online.
    • Announcement article of the conference on the Magazine and/or Website.
    • Dedicated email blast to all subscribers of Media Partner.
    • Article on the Magazine and/or Website after the conference.

    Local Attractions of San Francisco, CA

    Think Escape Party Bus
    Board a luxurious Think Escape party bus or limo and be whisked away to San Francisco's hottest nightclubs where VIP treatment brings all party bus guests to the front of the line. Planning the perfect night on the town is easy with Think Escape's fleet of luxury buses and extended vehicles, each with different amenities for socializing and transport.

    Alcatraz Lunch Cruise
    The Alcatraz Lunch Cruise is a luxurious way to get to see some of San Francisco’s favorite sights. A gourmet lunch buffet features options like asiago Caesar salad, bay shrimp salad, roasted chicken, garlic-herb roasted new potatoes and more. While guests enjoy lunch, they can take in views of San Francisco Bay’s flora and fauna, Angel Island and Alcatraz, and a live narration explores the history of Alcatraz. Please note that this tour doesn’t stop on Alcatraz Island.

    Luxury Catamaran Sailing Cruise
    A relaxing way to explore the San Francisco Bay is with the Luxury Catamaran Sailing Cruise. A drink bar and snacks are available for travelers’ enjoyment as they travel under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island and even past a colony of sea lions. This is a peaceful San Francisco cruise option for families, and children under 5 ride for free.


    City Kayak
    City Kayak, located on San Francisco's Embarcadero close to the San Francisco Giant's ATT Park, offers a great way to experience San Francisco from Bay level, a point of view and a unique experience you'll not soon forget.

    Think Escape Casino Tour San Francisco Bay Area
    San Franciscans may be familiar with Think Escape's party buses that shuttle the late-night crowds to and from various city nightclubs, but the Cache Creek Casino Escape is a little-known gem among Bay Area destinations. With personal charter service on the luxurious Fantasy Limo Bus to Cache Creek Casino and Resort, the Cache Creek Casino Escape tour is a smart choice for San Franciscans looking for a little gaming fun or planning a large group activity