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PHARMED is a post-graduate program in pharmaceutical development sciences
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Launched in 1992, the PHARMED program covers the entire drug development process, from drug discovery to market access. It is intended to provide specialist training for various roles within pharmaceutical companies, CROs and regulatory agencies. It is suitable for physicians, pharmacists, doctors in veterinary medicine and those with post-graduate qualifications in life sciences.

The program was reviewed and updated to incorporate the latest innovation and new developments in the sector.

PHARMED is recognized as a Centre of Excellence by PharmaTrain.   

MDs, pharmacists, doctors in veterinary medicine, and those with post-graduate qualifications (masters, PhD) in life sciences are eligible to enrol. PHARMED is designed for those wishing to train for a future career in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as for people already working in the biopharmaceutical industry who want to develop or update their knowledge.

The PHARMED program is made up of 6 distance learning modules covering the entire drug development process, from drug discovery to market access, along with a seventh, elective, module covering a specialist subject. Each of the 6 general modules will be followed by a workshop and a written assignment.

The teaching team is composed of experts from various universities, regulatory authorities/agencies, CROs, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

The course is delivered in an interactive lecture format. Each module will conclude with a workshop in which participants will work on a case-study in small teams, supported by one or more members of the teaching team. Participants will be able to download documents before the workshop in order to prepare. The group will be tasked with developing a strategy, and students will submit an individual report (assignment) one week later.

All distance learning courses are recorded as videos and can be watched again, accompanied by slides, on the course platform. The course is delivered in English.

Against today’s backdrop of a constantly evolving biopharmaceutical industry, course providers must offer flexibility. This is why PHARMED provides different ways to study the program:

  • Attend the full distance learning course of 6 (+1) modules over 2 years (with access to all recordings)
  • Study individual module(s) (with access to corresponding recordings)

A “Certificate in Pharmaceutical Development Sciences” is awarded to candidates who successfully pass the three-part examination:

  • Six assignments
  • Multiple choice exam
  • Oral exam on the full range of topics covered by the program

Participants who do not want to sit the exam will receive a certificate of attendance.