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Good Pharmacovigilance Practice Training: Why is it important?

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Published - 19.Jul.2016

Being a leader in providing clinical trials-related courses, we at Astra Nova aim to deliver the best training programmes that match our clients’ expectations. One such online course is Pharmacovigilance.




Over the last few years, the number and complexity of clinical trials have both increased dramatically. The research industry is investing in state-of-the-art methods in order to advance more quickly and while doing so, it automatically changes the requirements that come with it. We now have m-health, or mobile health, electronic records, electronic data capture systems, learning management systems, and even mobile applications which are used with various scenarios and for various reasons. There are plenty of modernized and technology-oriented trends, such as gamification or digitalization, which become the reason why many industry leaders neglect other aspects of the sector. Instead, they choose to invest in other tendencies with the idea to boost currently implemented operations. What do we mean by that? Throughout the healthcare industry, there has been an increasingly strong focus on providing quality services and timely practices during the whole drug-development lifecycle– including researching, tests, approval, production, development, marketing, post-marketing routines and more. Yet, what has been somehow overlooked is the need to address the importance of sustaining these services and practices through appropriate training and education programmes. After all, it’s the skills of industry professionals involved that define how a certain task will be completed or when a drug will be distributed. Just think for a moment of an example from the real life. Would you trust an unexperienced healthcare provider or would you rather visit a doctor who is known for his/her professionalism? The answer is pretty obvious, isn’t it? Skills and abilities are crucial, and they can easily be gained through training courses.






In essence, pharmacovigilance (or drug monitoring) is the science and processes which are normally linked to the detection, assessment and prevention of adverse effects related to different medical products. On the whole, Pharmacovigilance has the purpose to

  • ensure appropriate, rational and safe use of medical drugs
  • evaluate the risks and benefits of certain drugs on the market
  • communicate these risks and possible benefits to patients

Everyone who is part of the pharmacovigilance field must have the necessary qualifications and should be well-informed about applicable regulations, proactive methods for risk management and principles of drug safety. With our training, you can take receive this knowledge wherever you can and no matter where you are.




Understanding the principles, rules, requirement and regulations helps industry specialists avoid or overcome drug-related challenges. What is more, being 100% qualified allows them to complete their tasks in a more cost- and time-efficient manner. In this regard, in order to cover and encompass the needs and preferences of our customers, we prepared two separate courses – basic and advanced. This way, depending on what exactly they need and how fast they are supposed to finish the training, clients can choose between different training synthesis and contexts.

Each of the courses contains a number of informative modules with sub-topics on:

  • General information
  • Ethical requirements
  • Regulations
  • Methodologies
  • Data and risk management
  • Statistics

With these and many other highlights, our courses on Pharmacovigilance help you develop different skills. Upon completion of either one of the course, you will not only gain in-depth know-how on the subject matter but will also develop the abilities to negotiate on a number of pharmacovigilance topics, work on a team or become the leader you want to be. Moreover, you will be equipped with communication skills that will help you present complex information in simple words.







Usually, inspectors have the right to enter given premises and conduct inspections. These inspections often include obtaining copies of documentations which prove Pharmacovigilance compliance of the company and the stuff. If inspectors discover any discrepancies or faults, they can seize any drug, issue fines or set criminal proceedings.

Our Pharmacovigilance courses will provide you with a certification which proves that you have undertaken suitable course and have the qualities to perform tasks assigned to you.

Finally, clinical trials involve multiple sites at multiple locations all around the globe. Despite the geographical differences though, there is one thing that is shared among every community. And that is having proper qualifications and developing the right skills to do your job. With our selection of training programs, that can be done quickly and effectively.

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