IPEC-Americas and the Center for Professional Advancement (CfPA) have become partners in training and education (T&E)

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

IPEC-Americas and the Center for Professional Advancement (CfPA) have become partners in training and education (T&E) that can benefit IPEC-Americas members who are on both sides of the excipient industry – excipient makers / distributors and excipient users (pharma companies).

The Center for Professional Advancement is dedicated to providing accredited technical training and continuing education throughout the world and are one of the largest non-degree awarding organizations offering professional level accredited training courses in a variety of formats; in person, customized client site, interactive online, and live & recorded virtual.[1]

CfPA offers hundreds of course topics in numerous industries, including pharmaceutical technology. Their courses, which are focused on active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and drug products (DPs), are taught by top industry leaders who share their knowledge in an enthusiastic, interactive manner. They do not, however, offer courses focusing in excipients. That’s where IPEC-Americas comes in.

As those of us in the pharmaceutical and excipient/chemical industries know, there is a lot of overlap between API / DPs, and excipients, including regulations, quality management, and supply chain management. It can be difficult, though, to find training courses where both user and maker perspectives of the subject are considered. Not anymore! IPEC-Americas and CfPA will be working together on training and education offerings for which both perspectives would be helpful to both organizations’ stakeholders. IPEC-Americas members will receive the additional benefit of “members only” pricing for jointly-sponsored events.

The first of these events will be on September 20-21, 2017. IPEC-Americas and CfPA will offer a 2-day (2 hours per day) webinar entitled “A Global Regulatory Overview” which will examine both the DP and excipient regulatory requirements of important non-US regions. The webinar will be led by CfPA’s Richard (Dick) Einig and IPEC-Americas Chair, Priscilla Zawislak.

Richard G. Einig, Ph.D., RAC, CQA is a consultant specializing in the pharmaceutical and veterinary medicine industries. His experience spans over twenty years in senior management of quality, regulatory and development units of large international companies and start-up “biotechs”. He has worked internationally with API production facilities, innovator and generic dosage form companies, medical device manufacturers and research organizations. Dr. Einig participated in developing the PhRMA Bulk Pharmaceutical Committee’s Guidance on Production of Drug Substance, and is an invited speaker at domestic and international meetings on quality and processing of pharmaceutical products.

Currently with The Dow Chemical Company, Priscilla Zawislak is the Global Regulatory Affairs Advocacy Manager for Dow’s Food, Pharma and Medical Solutions business and is responsible for regulatory advocacy for excipients, APIs and food additives.  Her prior positions included Global Regulatory Affairs Manager for Ashland Inc.’s Pharmaceutical and Nutrition business where she was responsible for regulatory compliance for food additive and excipient products, and Quality Manager at FMC BioPolymer.

Priscilla is the current Chair of IPEC-Americas and has been a member of IPEC-Americas committees since 2001 and a member of the IPEC-Americas Executive Committee.  She is also the Vice-President of the IPEC Federation. 

In 2018, the two organizations plan to offer a workshop (in-person course) on the subject of Pharmacopoeias: A Global Perspective for Compendial Compliance (see information below).

Kim Beals, Executive Director of IPEC-Americas said of the partnership, “this is another way IPEC-Americas brings value to its members and increases and improves excipient awareness and education for a wider group of stakeholders. We look forward to working with CfPA!” 

Pharmacopoeias: A Global Perspective for Compendial Compliance

September 18-19, 2017, Burlingame, CA

CfPA is offering this course with an API / DP only focus. If you are interested in the September API/DP-focused course, click this link for more information:

Pharmacopeias Course Info

In 2018, IPEC-Americas will add an excipient component to this course. Stay tuned for more information on the course dates and description.