Continuing Professional Development

The ECPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) platform provides accredited high quality educational programs to support continuing medical education and professional development for physicians, and pharmaceutical industry, regulatory and university professionals. As such, its primary intention is to provide up-to-date knowledge on current trends in drug development and to train drug development professionals for their next career step. Additionally, it offers a platform to share knowledge with colleagues and discuss with experts face-to-face. Our services include a broad range of CPD short courses that cover all skills across the drug development process. These CPD short courses count towards the Master program, yet they are also a stand-alone offer and can be booked individually to shape your professional skills and are offered in the following formats:

Short Courses/Workshops - A range of interactive onsite short courses/workshops. These cover a broad curriculum within the drug development process - from educational seminars to soft skills.

Frontiers in Drug Development Seminar - One day onsite seminars on new trends in drug development science.

E-Learning -Selected e-learning courses that provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning and can be booked at any time.

Study Trips - Yearly international study trips. A total of six study half-days are planned, which allow participants to experience a mix of theory and visits to institutions.

Courses offered by other Course Providers - Co-organized courses with other institutions, such as the University Hospital of Basel or partner universities. In addition, students also have the opportunity to choose courses offered by PharmaTrain Recognized Course Providers.

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04.11.2024 08:30

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Clinical Trials

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Course Description

The implementation of clinical research projects requires conscientious review of research projects not only in terms of their scientific quality but also in regard to their ethical adequacy and appropriateness. How can we balance the risk-benefit of our projects? Given the importance of ethics for the conduct of drug development and research, it should come as no surprise that many different professional associations, government agencies, and universities have adopted specific codes, rules, and policies relating to research ethics.

Each of these aspects will be carefully considered and discussed in the context of international and national principles and guidelines. These issues need to be carefully adhered to strengthen the health of the clinical trial enterprise to the benefit of patients and the overall health of the public. During our course, representatives from different institutions will introduce and discuss the most important concepts, tools, principles, and methods that can be useful in approaching and resolving ethical dilemmas. Realworld examples and case studies will be introduced and discussed.

Course Program

Day 1
The Evolution of Biomedical Research Ethics / Risk-Benefit Considerations of Research Interventions / Role of Ethics Committees / Successful Submission to an Ethics Committee / Coordinating Human Research in Switzerland / How to Design an Informed Consent / Ethical Review Systems in Europe and European Legislation / Ethics Committees’ Role in Reviewing Safety Information

Day 2
Equipoise / Transparency in Clinical Trials / Common Technical Document / Confidentiality and Intellectual Property / Personal Data Protection / Inducement in Clinical Research – from Recruitment Advertisement to Subject Compensation / Role of Patient Organisations in Clinical Trials (EUPATI) / Public Health Ethics (incl. biobanks)

Day 3
Ethical Aspects of Clinical Research in Children / Informed Consent Process in Pediatric Patients / Clinical Research in Vulnerable Populations / Misconduct and Fraud, Research Integrity / ICH E6 Regulation / Legal and Ethical Framework for Genetic Testing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Name key principles of ethical considerations during clinical research and development
  • Discuss ethical concerns for designing, conducting and reporting the results obtained through the conduct of clinical trials
  • Understand international and national principles and guidelines which have to be followed when performing clinical trials

Course Faculty

tba

Target Audience

All pharmaceutical and health care professionals who are interested in getting a deeper understanding of ethical and legal aspects in medicines development.

Course Language

English

Course Credits

The course including assessment provides 2 ECTS credits and a Certificate of Attendance by the University of Basel will be issued.

Course Date and Venue

Basel, 4–6 November, 2024
University of Basel

Course Fee

Course fee including certificate, electronic course material, lunch and coffee breaks is CHF 2000.
A reduced fee applies to participants from academia and nonprofit organizations.

Cancellation Policy

Refund of fee will be given if cancellation is received in written format () before the deadline for registration, after this date no refund can be given.

Deadline for Registration

October 11, 2024

Course Organizer

This course is organized by the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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11.11.2024 08:00

Scientific Medical Writing

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Course Description

Brush up your scientific and medical writing skills. Learn how to structure scientific papers and reports and write a clear and informative scientific text. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the strategic scientific and medical writing field and offers hands-on training in writing and analyzing scientific texts.

Course Program

This course will cover:

  • What is the correct strategic approach to writing successful documents
  • How to convey a message to the target audience
  • How to produce high-quality documents
  • What are the requirements to reach a successful outcome
  • Ethics of scientific writing
  • Practical work with multiple exercises

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Know key elements of good medical and scientific writing
  • Critically appraise texts and identify elements of poor writing
  • Convert some examples of poor writing to good scientific writing
  • Reproduce the most important aspects of good medical and scientific writing
  • Improve own texts

Course Faculty

Dr. Silvia M. Rogers, MEDIWRITE, Basel, Switzerland

Target Audience

This course is for all professionals (native or non-native English speakers) who intend to improve their scientific medical writing skills.

Course Language

English

Course Credits

The course including homework provides 1 ECTS credit and a Certificate of Attendance by the University of Basel will be issued.
100 FPH credit points in hospital pharmacy (accreditation to be submitted)

Course Date and Venue

November 11-12, 2024

University of Basel
Steinengraben 22
4051 Basel

Course Fee

Course fee including certificate, electronic course material and book by Silvia Rogers is 1200 CHF.
A reduced fee applies to participants from academia and nonprofit organizations.

Cancellation Policy

Refund of fee will be given if cancellation is received in written format () before the deadline for registration, after this date no refund can be given.

Deadline for Registration

October 28, 2024

Course Organizer

This course is organized by the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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ECPM Project Management in the Life Sciences Industry
24.03.2025 08:00

Project Management in the Life Sciences Industry

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Course Description

This course, offered in two parts of three days each, focuses on projects in the life sciences industry and the clinical trial setting, with the aim of bringing new treatments to patients successfully.

These projects can range from early pre-clinical projects, to managing toxicology and entry into human studies, large phase III clinical trials and post-marketing studies. All of them share a high complexity and require professional management at every level by experienced project managers who know the processes to reach the deliverables, can deal with multiple stakeholders simultaneously and deliver projects successfully often under a tight given budget and timelines.

This highly interactive workshop setting includes a mixture of instructor led training and group work on real life cases. All templates and tools for planning, executing, managing & controlling as well as closing a project will be developed. In addition participants have the opportunity to discuss and work on an own project, identify its challenges and develop solutions or work on a model project provided by the course instructors.

Course Program

This course consists of two parts of three days each. A variety of teaching methods including lectures, exercises and interactive group discussions will be applied. A mandatory home assignment will complete the learning portfolio.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Discussion of all project phases (initiation, planning, execution, monitoring & controlling, closure) and knowledge areas
  • Management of scope, time, cost, quality, team, communication, risk, procurement and stakeholders
  • Development of a project plan, starting from a project charter
  • Creation of documents and worksheets for managing clinical trials or other projects relating to pharmaceutical development
  • Discussion of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for project status
  • Discussion of Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPAs) to prevent the project from getting off track

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will

  • To develop leadership skills for project management and for building high performance project teams'
  • Understand the tasks and responsibilities of a project manager
  • Know the major project documents required for conducting projects successfully
  • Be acquainted with the tools to manage all knowledge areas throughout all project phases
  • Build, lead and manage effective project teams
  • Be familiar with the interactions needed with different project stakeholders
  • Have a series of templates and tools at hand
  • Be able to use and/or adapt these templates and tools within individual projects
  • Know how to practically apply different project management standards to all kinds of pharmaceutical development projects

Course Instructors

Daniel Gau is an experienced project management professional in the life sciences sector. He is the founder of Beyond Science Consulting, where he provides training, coaching, and support for company building in life sciences. Daniel has held significant roles in product development and management at companies like Eisbach Bio and 2 Bridge. He has over 20 years of experience in academia, venture capital, start-ups and large corporations. His extensive background includes translating innovation towards relevant business inflection points, making him a valuable instructor for project management in the life sciences industry.

Nancy Van Osselaer is an experienced consultant in life sciences and healthcare, with over 25 years in drug development. She founded Why2What, a consultancy focusing on strategic advice and implementation for early-stage development programs. Nancy has held significant roles at Galapagos, UCB, and Johnson & Johnson, contributing to drug registration files and development programs across various therapeutic areas. Her expertise includes pre-clinical studies, investigational new drug applications,
management, fundraising, and negotiation. She is passionate about turning innovative ideas into impactful, valuable outcomes.

Target Audience

Specialists responsible for projects in the pharmaceutical industry, hospital or academic setting or regulatory authority. The course not only provides the tools and fundamentals for successful project management but also illustrates real life cases. Experienced managers are encouraged to bring their current issues so that solutions can be compiled during the course.

Course Language

English

    Course Credits

    The course including assessment provides 4 ECTS and a Certificate of Attendance by the University of Basel will be issued.

    Course Date and Venue

    • Part I: 24-26.03.25
    • Part II: 28-30.04.25
      Basel

    Course Fee

    Course fee including electronic course material, templates, lunch and coffee breaks is CHF 3000.
    A reduced fee applies to participants from academia and nonprofit organizations.

    Cancellation Policy

    Refund of fee will be given if cancellation is received in written format () before the deadline for registration, after this date no refund can be given.

    Deadline for Registration

    Deadline for registration: 3rd of March 2025,

    Course Organizer

    This course is organized by the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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    ECPM European University Network
    ECPM partner universities in the European University Network
    31.10.2025 08:10

    Other Courses by Pharmatrain

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    Join courses run by our partner universities in the European University Network, which offer training relevant to drug development sciences and the IMI PharmaTrain syllabus. For an overview of all PharmaTrain Recognized Course Providers please click here.

    E-Learning: Basics in Health Economics

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    Course Description

    This e-learning course provides an understanding of the key principles and methodological concepts of health economic evaluations. It is based on the well-established face-to-face course on health economics offered by the ECPM. The scientific content was developed by Prof. Thomas Szucs and Prof. Matthias Schwenkglenks as well as other specialists from the field.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course, the participants should be able to describe:

    • Fundamental concepts of health economics
    • Key elements of health economic evaluation
    • Assessment and analysis of a published health economic study
    • The importance of health economic/pharmacoeconomic methods and concepts for the drug development process, clinical trials, and post-marketing surveillance
    • How policymakers set priorities in health care and how health economic evaluations support this process

    Structure and Workload

    Our e-learning courses provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning. As soon as you have booked the course, the program is accessible online for you during one year at anytime. The course allows you to start/stop at any time. There will be several intermediate tests which will prepare you for the final test. The curriculum consists of nine lessons with a duration of approximately 60 to 90 minutes each. In addition, individual study, such as critical appraisal of specific literature is required (in total: approximately 30 hours). Each lesson is aimed to achieve a set of learning outcomes, using interactive techniques to help reinforce the taught topics.

    Course Language

    English

    Course Credits

    After successful completion of the e-learning course, 1 ECTS will be awarded and a Certificate of Attendance by the University of Basel will be issued.

    Course Fee

    CHF 650
    A reduced fee applies to participants from academia and nonprofit organizations.

    Course Organizer

    This course is organized by the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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    E-learning: Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

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    Course Description

    This e-learning course provides an understanding of the safety-related aspects within the drug development process. These range from early preclinical testing, risk/benefit assessment up to clinical adverse event signal detection and monitoring.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course, the participants should be able to describe:

    • The role of drug safety in the successful development and usage of a medicine to the benefit of patients
    • Which safety-related questions need to be answered in early and late drug development
    • Tools, techniques, and methodologies used in drug safety evaluation
    • What frequent pitfalls related to drug safety considerations occur and why they can lead to discontinuation of drugs in development, label changes or even withdrawal of drugs from the market after launch
    • How changes in safety assessment could become part of a new drug development paradigm

    Structure and Workload

    Our e-learning courses provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning. As soon as you have booked the course, the program is accessible online for you during one year at anytime. The course allows you to start/stop at any time. There will be several intermediate tests which will prepare you for the final test. The curriculum consists of nine lessons with a duration of approximately 60 to 90 minutes each. In addition, individual study, such as critical appraisal of specific literature is required (in total: approximately 30 hours). Each lesson is aimed to achieve a set of learning outcomes, using interactive techniques to help reinforce the taught topics.

    Course Language

    English

    Course Credits

    After successful completion of the e-learning course, 1 ECTS will be awarded and a Certificate of Attendance by the University of Basel will be issued.

    Course Fee

    CHF 650
    A reduced fee applies to participants from academia and nonprofit organizations.

    Course Organizer

    This course is organized by the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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    E-Learning: Personalized Health Care

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    Course Description

    This e-learning course provides an understanding of the key principles and methodological concepts of personalized drug development. The role of individualized treatment strategies is addressed, including all relevant clinical, ethical and governmental aspects.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

    • Understand the biological and clinical concepts of personalized medicine
    • Understand the benefits and pitfalls of individualized therapies for patients
    • Comprehend the basic elements of predictive and prognostic interventions
    • Understand the role of surrogate endpoints and clinically validated biomarkers in personalized medicine
    • Understand pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomic implications
    • Be aware of the strategies of R&D processes with personalized drugs
    • Understand the economics challenges of personalized medicine and how policymakers set priorities in individualized health care
    • Determine legal, regulatory and ethical aspects of personalised medicine

    Structure and Workload

    Our e-learning courses provide an interactive environment for self-paced learning. As soon as you have booked the course, the program is accessible online for you during one year at anytime. The course allows you to start/stop at any time. There will be several intermediate tests which will prepare you for the final test. The curriculum consists of nine lessons with a duration of approximately 60 to 90 minutes each. In addition individual study, such as critical appraisal of specific literature is required (in total: approximately 30 hours). Each lesson is aimed to achieve a set of learning outcomes, using interactive techniques to help reinforce the taught topics.

    Course Language

    English

    Course Credits

    After successful completion of the e-learning course, 1 ECTS will be awarded and a Certificate of Attendance by the University of Basel will be issued.

    Course Fee

    CHF 650
    A reduced fee applies to participants from academia and nonprofit organizations.

    Course Organizer

    This course is organized by the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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    E-Learning: The Pathway of Drug Development

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    Course Description

    The program provides a broad overview of the current standard drug development process and offers insights into future trends
    Topics:

    • Global Drug R&D and the Pharmaceutical Business Environment
    • The Life Cycle of a Drug: from Bench to Bedside
    • Regulatory Strategy and Approval Process

    Content

    Module 1: Global Drug Research & Development and the Pharmaceutical Business Environment
    Key topics:

    • Principles and organisation of global pharmaceutical research and development
    • Pharmaceutical business environment: innovation in discovery and development as a response of the market needs
    • Trends in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry
    • Intellectual property and patenting
    • Innovative tools: artificial intelligence, big data, precision medicine

    Module 2: The Life Cycle of a Drug: Taking a Molecule into Humans
    Key topics:

    •  Life Cycle Management
    •  Building and selecting a successful drug candidate
    • Translational science: from animal to human
    • Safety and efficacy testing
    • Impact of genomic disposition
    • Target Product Profile

    Module 3: Global Registration and Market Access
    Key topics:

    • Regulatory processes and practices around the world
    • Most important regulatory authorities: FDA, EMA, PMDA etc.
    • Pharmacovigilance: reporting and surveillance system
    • Market access: pricing and re-imbursement
    • Medical Products Regulatory Processes and practices in the different regions of the world
       

    Course Language

    English

    Course Credits

    You can earn 1 ECTS point with this free e-learning by submitting a homework assignment.

    Course Fee

    Free

    Course Organizer

    This course is organized by the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

    Create an account to begin this e-learning course: https://learn.ecpm.ch/login/signup.php