Have you developed User Requirements for your Stability Training? Seems like an unusual place to apply them, but we all have training needs across unique sets of people and practices. See what might be out there to meet your specific requirements.
Seminar companies invest months of planning into assembling the current and emerging hot topics that your company will need to navigate in keeping its stability function on top of its game and ahead of new guidances and regulations. They search all of industry, government, academia and medical product organizations for knowledgeable speakers who are on their game daily in their areas of expertise. You can peruse their event agendas for the applications you need as well as a way to gain a preview of what’s coming in technology and regulatory developments.
An example of this type of training is the Stability Track of Laboratory Week, presented by KENX, May 9 – 11, 2023 in San Diego as well as virtually. Laboratory University contains 3 amazing tracks at one location! Each track contains a packed agenda of current regulations, industry trends and key areas of interest. Customize your experience by choosing from over 50 sessions. Topic areas include: Analytical Procedures & Methods Validation, Stability Testing & Program Management, Lab Management and QC Excellence. The Pharmaceutical Stability Discussion Group meets within the Stability Track agenda.
Stability Courses are a more intimate and interactive way to gain very specific stability knowledge. Some are designed for folks new to stability, some for aspects such as statistics, LIMS or data integrity. In these settings, participants can ask questions centered around their specific needs and gain insights from the course instructors, who generally have decades of experience and have seen it all during their career. An example of a stability course designed as a detailed overview for those who are going deeper in their stability career or wanting to strengthen various aspects of their stability program is the Center for Professional Advancement’s Stability Operations for Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices: Steps to a Successful Stability Function April 19-21, 2023.
When you want to do some bench marking or find out how other Stability professionals are addressing the same challenges that you’ve been wrestling with, a discussion group of your industry peers is an especially informative and inexpensive way to go. The most effective version of this type of training is in person, over a day or two of time that includes meals, activities, and events that allow you to get to know and trust your counterparts at other companies.
Confidentiality is key to success as well as requirements that participants are well experienced in their company’s practices. A table full of folks “who are there to learn” totally defeats the purpose. The recent pandemic and competition for training dollars have pushed discussion groups toward on-line events and forums. An example of a discussion group is The Pharmaceutical Stability Discussion Group who’s electronic home is here at StabilityHub. PSDG has been meeting for 37 years and for the last 2 years, has had it’s annual meeting embedded in the KENX Laboratory University Event to provide greater value to participants in the event.
Official training – seminars, courses, and discussion groups – are always going to be a need. But throughout the year, you should also strive to stay up on what is happening in the industry and maintain the professional connections you make at these events. StabilityHub offers a place on LinkedIn for stability professionals. StabilityHub also offers a discussion forum in the form of The Situation Room where you and other stability stakeholders can post questions and support each other with responses to those questions.
Among these avenues of stability education, you’ll find ways to address the whole spectrum of your Stability Training User Requirements. Take some time to check out these examples or do some research to find others. It’s a good idea to do it early in the year as competition for training dollars heats up within your organization.