International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering

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Founded in 1980, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is a not-for-profit industry trade group for pharmaceutical science and manufacturing professionals. It has 25,000 members in more than 90 countries.

ISPE's purpose[edit]

ISPE provides pharmaceutical industry professionals with opportunities to develop technical knowledge, exchange practical experience, and collaborate with global regulatory agencies and industry leaders. ISPE has worldwide headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; its European office in Brussels, Belgium; and its Asia Pacific office in Singapore.

Structure[edit]

Along with joining a global society, professionals join a local affiliate or chapter to network and collaborate with like-minded professionals in their native language. In addition to local and global networking opportunities, ISPE offers access to industry-standard technical documents, peer-reviewed publications, industry and regulatory resources, relevant continuing education and training, and the first competency-based international certification for pharmaceutical professionals.

The official ISPE web site (http://www.ispe.org) provides industry professionals with access to a body of knowledge, and includes information including regulatory updates, industry news, a glossary of applied terminology, a global calendar of education and training events, Communities of Practice, discussions, technical documents, and publications, Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine and the peer-reviewed Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation.

Communities of Practice[edit]

Through interactive online Communities of Practice (COPs), industry professionals can access bodies of knowledge, share best practices, as well as contact and engage in networking opportunities with other like-minded colleagues. It is not necessary to be an ISPE member to join a COP.

COPs allow participants to:

  • Engage in electronic discussions on topics of interest with professionals around the world,
  • Solve everyday problems,
  • Collaborate on documents, resources, and content relevant to the discipline of the community.

Education and training[edit]

ISPE’s conferences allow peers to share problems and develop solutions through educational programming, networking activities, and interaction with regulatory leaders. ISPE draws from the expertise of its members to develop courses that address industry needs. Training instructors provide technical knowledge and skill acquisition through small classes designed to enhance interaction. ISPE also offers on-site and technology-based learning opportunities.

Technical documents[edit]

ISPE’s technical documents are written by industry experts and result from global collaboration — including participation and review by regulatory agencies. Produced by pharmaceutical science and manufacturing industry professionals, ISPE publications provide information to help companies build on best practices to meet regulatory standards.

Affiliates and Chapters[edit]

ISPE members can take advantage of ISPE resources on a local level through more than 40 ISPE Affiliates and Chapters that offer educational and networking opportunities. They can interact with colleagues and attend events.

Product Quality Lifecycle Implementation[edit]

ISPE’s Product Quality Lifecycle Implementation (PQLI) initiative resulted from the need to help the pharmaceutical industry find global solutions to implementation challenges for International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidances. Through PQLI (www.ISPE.org/PQLI), ISPE spearheads efforts to work with industry and regulatory leaders worldwide to develop implementation of ICH guidances.

Facility of the Year Awards Program[edit]

Sponsored by ISPE, INTERPHEX, and Pharmaceutical Processing magazine, the Facility of the Year Awards program (www.facilityoftheyear.org) recognizes pharmaceutical manufacturing projects that utilize innovative technologies to enhance the delivery of a quality project, as well as reduce the cost of producing medicines.

Certified Pharmaceutical Industry ProfessionalSM[edit]

The Certified Pharmaceutical Industry ProfessionalSM (CPIPSM) is a global competency-based credential and the program was established as a means to answer the USFDA’s challenge to the pharmaceutical industry to innovate. Industry professionals conferred with this credential are identified as “change agents” and are assessed through demonstrated education, industry experience, and a rigorous examination.

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