Training



We offer training courses in a range of topics relating to chemical analysis of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals. MTS training courses are available in two options: Either as an open enrolment option, where anyone can book onto a course, or as an in-house option where the course is run for employees in a specific company. In both cases the delivery may be by live online training, where the trainer delivers the course remotely using the internet, or in a classroom based setting, where the trainer and attendees are together in the same room.



Training courses from MTS are designed with careful attention to every detail, however small. Our aim is to ensure that the learner has the best possible experience and we do this by designing a course that is informative and fun, is structured around suitable learning objectives, and appeals to a number of different learning styles.


Features of MTS Training Courses:


  • People working on an exercise during a training courseWe don't just tell people what to do, we make sure that they understand why they are doing it so that they can fully appreciate the context of their actions and thus are engaged in their work.

  • The content in all our coursers is fully up to date with the latest science, technological advances, and both guidance and expectations from regulatory authorities. Course content is reviewed and updated as necessary after every delivery.

  • The transfer of knowledge from trainer to learners is achieved via lectures. These are designed to be interactive and attendees are encouraged to ask questions at any time. Each session concludes with a summary of the key learning points.

  • Examples and case studies are used extensively throughout courses so that the learners can see the training topic in action and gain understanding from relevant applications.

  • The lectures are broken up by exercises where the attendees work together in small groups and feedback to the class.Course handouts for the course, 'Validation & Transfer of Methods for Pharmaceutical Analysis' Exercises relate to content in lectures and present an opportunity to apply the learning.

  • All courses are accompanied by high quality, bound books which contain copies of the slides used in the lectures, spaces for notes, and useful resources and references.


  • The course on method validation and transfer is approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry for the purposes of continuing professional development. Although the RSC may not be your professional body, this accreditation provides confidence that the training has been thoroughly evaluated against a set of very high standards for training programmes and complied with all the requirements.


  • Certificates of Attendance are awarded at the end of our courses. For open enrolment courses we offer an optional post training assessment to validate the training, completed online using the MTS virtual learning environment, e-MTS. Successful completion leads to a Certificate of Training being awarded. For in-house courses, the organiser can choose whether to make the assessment optional or mandatory.


  • Post training support is available via email for all learners so that questions which occur when the learning is put into practice can be answered by the trainer.



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Attendees on all MTS courses are encouraged to bring along examples of problems, challenges etc. which may be relevant for discussion during the training. Consideration of real examples which have relevance to the learners will aid understanding and retention of information.


We recognise that the details of technical product related problems may involve intellectual property. In the case of open enrolment training, private discussions may be arranged to discuss particular issues. For on-site training, a confidentiality agreement can be arranged to allow open discussion.



Open Enrolment Training



Open enrolment training means that anyone can book on the course and attend. These events are run either as live online training  or as classroom based training at external locations, usually conference centres and hotels. Our open enrolment courses are ideal when there is a single delegate or small numbers of delegates who wish to attend the course. The full list of currently available open enrolment courses is available on our Course List page.



Benefits of open enrolment include:


  • More cost effective than on-site training for small numbers of delegates.

  • Insight may be gained from the problems and discussions initiated by other attendees.



MTS Training Course Venues


The venues used for our classroom based open enrolment courses have been carefully selected to offer comfortable surroundings which are conducive to learning, combined with excellent support from the venue staff to ensure that the training runs smoothly. Delicious food (to suit your dietary requirements) and ample refreshments help to keep attendees energised. All the venues have good transport links, they are accessible by public transport and near to airports. The venues all offer accommodation but there is also a good choice of alternative hotels nearby in both locations.



In-house Training



Our in-house training courses are ideal when training is required for a group of learners. It also allows the customisation of the content to result in a tailored course to suit your needs. The full list of currently available courses is on our Course List. These courses may be modified to suit your requirements or brand new material can be developed. These events may be run either as live online training  or as classroom based training delivered at your site.



Benefits of In-house Training Include:


  • In-house training - Provides opportunities for discussion of common issues and problems. Customisation of existing MTS off-the-shelf courses to suit the customer needs, or development of completely new content and training materials, as required.

  • The examples and case studies can be selected from real scenarios in the company which will help to make the training more meaningful, relevant and immediately applicable.

  • Training a group together at the same time is a great way to ensure consistency and enables meaningful discussion and resolution of issues post training.

  • Intellectual property considerations which can limit free discussion do not apply. MTS is happy to enter into a confidentiality agreement to enable this.

  • Hands-on training involving laboratory equipment and/or software can be incorporated into on-site training making it easier to apply the learning post training.

  • More cost effective than open enrolment training when there is a group of learners.



Requirements for On-Site Training:


To run an MTS course at your site, all that is needed is a quiet room, of a size suitable for the number of learners being trained, that contains a suitable projector or television. The MTS trainer will bring along a laptop that can connect to these using a VGA or HDMI connection, as applicable.


Access to any appropria
te laboratory equipment and/or software may be required, if applicable.


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Online Training 


All online training is delivered using our virtual environment for learning, e-MTS 


Live Online Training


In live online training, the course is delivered remotely by the trainer in real time via the internet.

PLEASE NOTE:

The recommended browsers for our live online training courses are:

  • Desktop/Laptop: Chrome, Firefox or Edge (latest versions)

  • Mobile iOS (12.2+): Safari Mobile

  • Mobile Android (6.0+): Chrome Mobile

At this time the IE and legacy EDGE browsers are not supported.


The video below provides an overview of how this option works from start to finish.



On-Demand Online Training


e-Learning is ideal for learners who prefer a flexible approach to training and want to fit it around their existing commitmentsOur popular course, 'Basic HPLC for Pharmaceutical Analysis', has been available as an on-demand online training course for many years.


This option will suit learners who prefer a flexible approach to training and want to fit it around their existing commitments.















Consulting



We offer expert advice on all things to do with the analytical laboratory. You may need:

  • Technical scientific advice about an unfamiliar topic;
  • Advice regarding the typical expectations of regulatory authorities with respect to a particular topic;
  • Troubleshooting advice for a particular problem or issue.


Consultancy may be performed either on site or remotely, whichever is most appropriate. Contact us with your problems.


Examples of MTS Consultancy Projects:


Method Validation & Transfer 

Advice and troubleshooting for QC laboratory testing Preparation of validation and transfer protocols; contents of general SOPs for method validation and transfer including acceptance criteria; troubleshooting problems related to method validation and transfer; review of method validation data;


Verification of Pharmacopoeia Methods

Requirements for method verification; review of protocols and reports; troubleshooting problems related to method verification.


Out of Specification (OOS) and Atypical Results

Review of OOS investigations to evaluate scientific rigour and regulatory compliance; review of CAPA effectiveness; review of OOS/atypical results SOPs.


Human Error Reduction

Identification of human error issues; evaluation of contributing factors which result in human error; design of training programmes to address human error.


Method Development

Suitable approaches for developing effective and robust methods; troubleshooting method development problems.


Expert advice on method development and troubleshooting

Analysis of Nitrosamines

Advice and review of methods development and validation; assistance with respect to analytical aspects of risk assessment.

Training Programmes

Review of existing training programmes in terms of content and effectiveness; identification of learning needs (training needs analysis); design, delivery and evaluation of training courses.


Data Integrity

Data governance requirements; data integrity gap analysis studies to identify data integrity risk; reducing data integrity risk for specific software and analytical instrumentation; training for data integrity.


HPLC Troubleshooting

Approaches to troubleshooting using a logical problem solving approach; technical issues and problems with HPLC.


Elemental Impurities

Implications of ICH Q3D and pharmacopoeia expectations; methods development and validation.


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Auditing



MTS offers laboratory specific auditing

We offer laboratory specific auditing which allows a detailed investigation of both compliance with the relevant regulatory standards, and whether a sound scientific approach to analytical chemistry has been applied. The MTS consultant, Oona McPolin, is an IRCA qualified lead auditor and has extensive experience in auditing laboratories.


The focus of a laboratory audit may vary; common examples include:

 

  • Audit of general laboratory operations, or a specific element, against best practice.
  • Audit against required regulatory standards, e.g., EMA, FDA, etc.
  • Data integrity audits - laboratory audits will always focus on data integrity but we can perform an intensive data integrity audit on selected elements of your quality system, e.g., electronic and paper based data recording systems, laboratory instruments, etc.
  • Supplier audit, e.g., contract laboratory


Contact us with your auditing requirements.