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E-learning for Effective Compliance in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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E-learning for Effective Compliance in the Pharmaceutical Industry

In my previous two blogs, I shared my views on the major training challenges of the pharmaceutical industry and online training for marketing personnel. In this blog, the last in a series of three blogs, I would like to share my thoughts on the usefulness of eLearning in imparting compliance training to the personnel of drug-manufacturing firms.

The companies in the pharmaceutical sector have to comply with a number of regulations imposed by various agencies. Training helps organizations to prevent costly mistakes. E-learning can be effectively used to train the employees on various laws and practices mandated by the regulators for this medicine-manufacturing business.

Follow GMP

Self-paced eLearning modules supplement the ILT programs in training employees on various manufacturing processes. Byte-sized programs help employees to effectively comprehend the guidelines provided by regulatory agencies such as FDA and WHO. The short duration of these eLearning sessions helps the workers “digest” complex concepts and facilitates Just-In-Time support. Simulations help the personnel to gain mastery over the best manufacturing processes.

Educate employees on ERES guidelines

Most companies maintain documents in the form of electronic records. Byte-sized programs provide easy and clear understanding of the guidelines of the federal regulator pertaining to electronic records and electronic signatures (ERES) stated by 21 CFR Part 11of the Code of Federal Regulations. Simulations can be used to effectively demonstrate the best procedures.

Implement GLP and GCP

Self-paced eLearning courses are ideal complements to traditional workshops in providing training on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Clinical Practices (GCP). Short online programs are very effective in educating personnel about the guidelines on the use of animal subjects in laboratory tests and the laws pertaining to clinical experimentation of drugs on humans. Latest technological developments help create ‘virtual laboratories,’ which facilitate practice on different lab procedures. This helps acquire expertise over the methods of experimentation.

Prevent IPR violations

Online programs are very useful in equipping the employees with the knowledge of legislations on intellectual property rights (IPR). These programs can be effectively used to present various case studies related to the violations of these rights, which help the workforce understand the acts better and appreciate the significance of the consequences of their non-compliance. Byte-sized courses serve the purpose of ready reckoners providing JIT support.

Ensure safety

Companies spare no efforts in proving training on safety norms as non-adherence could cost human lives. ILT programs can be blended with eLearning to ensure effective training on applicable OSHA standards. Scenarios could be used to efficiently explain safety procedures through online courses, and simulations help workers to practice safety procedures and implement them more effectively.

eLearning programs add value to compliance training because they are cost effective and facilitate anytime, anywhere learning. Did you use e-Learning in other ways to ensure better compliance? Do share your experiences in the comments box below.

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