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Why a Microbiology Forum is Worth your Time

Forums have existed for decades, and you can find them for nearly every interest imaginable — including microbiology! But is joining a microbiology forum worth your time? Keep reading to find out more.


What is a Microbiology Forum?

Microbiology forums are places where researchers and industry professionals can meet, discuss relevant topics and new research, and generally exchange ideas about anything microbiology-related.

Pharmaceutical microbiology topics are often discussed within these forums, making them an excellent idea for Pharmig members who want to share information with like-minded individuals.

Think of these forums as online conferences. But they’re not open to anyone! Many scientific forums only accept industry professionals to ensure the conversations stay on topic and aren’t spammed with unrelated subjects.


Popular Microbiology Forums

Alongside joining Pharmig discussions and events, there are other microbiology forums to participate in. Here are some popular options:

The best way to find the right microbiology forum for you is to take some time and explore them all. Some aren’t as active as others, so if you want quick answers, look for websites with recent posts.

It would help if you also looked at the subject matter of recent posts. Some microbiology forums are very general, whereas others are more specialised. This is key if you’re only interested in pharmaceutical topics!

Another popular forum is r/Microbiology on Reddit. This highly accessible forum has many active users. However, since Reddit is a social network, anyone can post. It’s not ideal if you want to avoid student chat or the occasional surface-level questions.


Benefits of Joining a Microbiology Forum

So, you’re considering joining a microbiology forum. Here are some of the benefits you’ll experience.


Advice & Problem Solving

Microbiology forums are great spaces for knowledge sharing. Therefore, they’re also an important place to give advice and solve problems. Whether you seek opinions from others or share your own thoughts, forums make it easy to help each other.


Continued Learning

Perhaps you’re no longer studying or interested in research from a different niche. Microbiology forums allow you to continue your learning without you returning to education. However, if you want to learn, looking for microbiology forums aimed at professionals rather than open forums for all is best. This is to ensure you learn from peer-reviewed studies, not amateur work.


Research Collaborations

Forums are ideal for forming new connections, which may lead to future professional collaborations. You never know who you’ll meet!


Networking & Career Advancement

Likewise, forums can connect you with professionals who may provide job offers, internships, or training opportunities. There are many paths for pharmaceutical microbiologists to take, and you might find inspiration online.


Worldwide Perspectives

A beautiful aspect of online forums is that they have no geographical boundaries. You can gain new perspectives from microbiologists all over the world.


Access to New Resources

Finally, microbiology forums are a great place to find new scientific resources, journal suggestions, white papers, and other industry documents.


The Takeaway

Joining a microbiology forum is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded professionals, improve your knowledge, and seek advice from other microbiologists.

Similarly, joining an organisation like Pharmig will help you stay updated with industry news and give you access to the best pharmaceutical microbiology events.

Learn more about joining Pharmig now.

Or read more of our blog here.

Why White Papers Are Important in Pharmaceutical Microbiology

White papers are crucial to the pharmaceutical microbiology industry thanks to their in-depth research, analysis, and cutting-edge insights. From regulatory compliance and best practices to emerging microbiology trends, these documents are a resource you shouldn’t ignore.

Today, we’re looking at what white papers are, how they can benefit you, and whether you should be reading them. Scroll down to get started.


What Are White Papers?

The term white paper refers to a professional report or a guide that details a complex issue. These usually use detailed research to explain the concept to readers, solve problems, or make decisions.

Typically, white papers are created by companies and non-profit organisations. They’re also used by governments. Pharmaceutical microbiology companies use white papers to show their latest research or promote innovations.

The three main types of white papers include:

  • Problem/solution white papers
  • Numbered lists
  • Backgrounders

White papers are most commonly used for business-to-business marketing scenarios. This is between a manufacturer and wholesaler or a wholesaler and retailer. They’re not presented to customers or the public as they are more complex.

Scientific white papers also communicate new ideas, niche knowledge, and help brands position themselves as thought leaders in their fields. This could be sharing new laboratory research or product developments for pharmaceutical microbiology.


Should You Be Reading White Papers?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, as many diverse reasons exist for studying these publications.

Some professionals enjoy furthering their understanding of pharmaceutical microbiology, especially regarding new innovations and products. Alternatively, some microbiologists read them for purely work purposes.

White papers provide credible information. So, dabbling in these publications always gives you reputable information you won’t get from a quick Instagram reel or short TikTok.


The Benefits of White Papers

White papers are beneficial for the publishers and the readers. Here are the key takeaways:

  • Better industry understanding – Reading white papers improves your scientific understanding and shows you which direction companies are focusing their efforts.
  • Enhanced brand credibility – When companies release scientific white papers, they become experts in the field, primarily when they use evidence-based examples and analysis.
  • Educates the target audience – Releasing white papers also keeps your target audience up to speed and ensures they’ll return for more cutting-edge research.
  • Decision-making support – Pharmaceutical microbiology white papers can help people make informed decisions on relevant topics.
  • Risk assessment assistance – White papers can also provide professional risk assessment and mitigation guides for pharmaceutical microbiologists.


Pharmig’s Technical Articles & White Papers

All Pharmig members can access the latest pharmaceutical microbiology white papers and technical articles. Our collection contains relevant papers that you can use to further your research and professional development.

White paper categories at Pharmig include:

  • Bioburden
  • Cleanroom
  • Culture media
  • Disinfection
  • Environmental monitoring
  • General Laboratory
  • Micro-organisms and identification
  • Pyrogens and endotoxin
  • Rapid Methods
  • Sterility and sterilisation
  • Water systems
  • Miscellaneous papers

Jump to our white paper collection here.


The Takeaway

Embracing white papers is an excellent way to engage with new research and keep up to speed with the latest pharmaceutical microbiology initiatives. If you’re interested in these publications, consider joining Pharmig today.

Learn more about Pharmig memberships here. Or continue exploring our blog.

Is there one Pharmaceutical Microbiology career path that fits all?

Deciding on a career path is a nerve-inducing feat. When you start your professional journey, it’s challenging to know which route is best for you. There are endless microbiology positions, and it’s up to you to find your match.

However, it doesn’t have to be a stressful journey. In this article, we’re examining common career routes for microbiologists, how to find the right one for you, and industry events that can help you along the way. Scroll down to read more.


Common career routes for Microbiology students

Most pharmaceutical microbiologists start with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. This unlocks a world of professional employment in very different sectors. From pharmaceutical microbiology to genetics, here are typical career paths for microbiology students:

  • Academic research
  • Healthcare professionals (NHS and private hospitals)
  • Public health organisations
  • Industry positions (e.g. biotechnology, toiletries, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, and other companies)
  • Forensic science laboratories
  • Environmental organisations
  • Publicly funded research organisations


How do you know when you’re on the right career path?

Knowing which microbiology sector is best for you can be tricky if you’re starting your professional career. The critical question is, “Am I interested and enjoying this?”

It’s crucial to investigate the topics that stimulate your mind. Of course, this might be easier said than done at the start of your career. But figuring out which topics capture your attention is the best place to start.


Discovering your professional passion

So, you should rule out what doesn’t interest you and focus on niches that keep your brain ticking over. But don’t choose a topic at random. Before pursuing jobs, slowly research your options to ensure a complete, unbiased understanding.

Key areas to research when investigating microbiology niches include:

  • Look at the career requirements. These usually include academic and professional experience, qualifications or workshops, or other training programmes.
  • Consider the long-term career progression. What you’re interested in now might not have enough longevity for the future. Look at typical career trajectories to grasp a sense of career progression in the field. For example, workplace promotions, professional and academic titles, or industry achievements.
  • Consider work-life balance. We all work in different ways, and some career paths require additional time commitments to others. There’s no one-size-fits-all here.
  • Assess potential job satisfaction. Is making a difference in the world significant to you? Do you want to work with like-minded people? Consider whether the role will bring you emotional fulfilment.
  • Attend seminars, workshops, and events. Getting out there and networking with other microbiology professionals will help you learn more about career opportunities and connect you with other microbiologists. But more on this below!


Upcoming Pharmig Events

Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation focused on microbiology within the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries. We regularly facilitate webinars, in-person conferences, training sessions, and other pharmaceutical biology-related events.

Want to get involved? Our upcoming 2024 events include:

You can learn more about our upcoming meetings and online training modules here.

Working with a pharmaceutical microbiology organisation is essential for new microbiologists, so embrace the upcoming opportunities!


The takeaway

Deciding on a career path isn’t something that happens overnight. The best way to find your area of expertise is to research, connect with other professionals, and follow the areas that interest you. Remember, it’s a challenge all microbiologists face, and you’ll find your fit soon.

Want to continue your career research? Explore Pharmig’s news section for industry insights and career advice. 

Learning From Others — Valuable Benefits Of A Pharmaceutical Microbiology Organisation

Learning is a process that never stops in life, especially if you’re active in the pharmaceutical microbiology industry. But are you optimising your learning by networking with other professionals or reading cutting-edge journals? Or has it been a while since you looked at the latest industry research?

It can be tough to keep up with the microbiology trends when immersed in your own work. However, that’s where a pharmaceutical microbiology organisation comes in. Professional organisations (like Pharmig) are here to help you continue your learning by connecting you with other professionals to facilitate the exchange of microbiological knowledge and research. We also offer training courses, meetings, webinars and journals.

But for now, let’s focus on the benefits of consistent learning throughout your pharmaceutical microbiology career. Scroll down for more information.


The Benefits of Consistent Learning in Pharmaceutical Microbiology

Should you invest extra time into your practice? Here are some of the benefits of continuous learning and professional engagement.


Helps You Advance Your Own Research or Career

Continuing your learning can advance your career and research with the latest industry practices and knowledge. You’ll also find like-minded professionals to collaborate with, allowing you to share techniques and skills with other microbiologists.


Allows You To Obtain New Certifications and Qualifications

If you continue to learn about industry trends and new research, you might be tempted to top up your skills with a new qualification or licence. This can improve your current practice and evolve your career in a new direction — which is perfect if you’re ready for a change.


Provides New Perspectives

Staying in touch with other professional practitioners will give you new perspectives in the field as a whole. You can transfer these new perspectives to your work and your workplace. This will, in turn, inspire your colleagues and ensure your working environment is using the latest information and skills.


Keeps Your Skills Up to Date With the Latest Developments

Though it’s not a pleasant thought, many professionals find that their skills and methods fall behind the current research trends after a few decades in the industry. You might fall behind microbiology best practices unless you frequently interact with the latest research and techniques. However, if you engage with the current research, you can adapt and flow with the times.


Shows Respect to Other Professionals

Finally, networking with others and listening to their research shows a level of respect for others in the field. Listening and interacting with each other promotes a healthy atmosphere and connects you with professionals worldwide.


Time to Get Started

Whether you’re at the start of your career or well-versed in the professional world, topping up your practice with new information is always an excellent idea.

Allow the Pharmig team to help you elevate your learning. From virtual seminars to in-person conferences, we facilitate various events to ensure the pharmaceutical microbiology industry thrives. Learn more about our memberships now.


How a Pharmaceutical Microbiology Organisation Can Help Young Microbiologists

Taking the first steps of your career is an exciting time, especially with a supportive network on your side.

Pharmaceutical microbiology organisations endeavour to support and guide young professionals through the beginning of their careers while also representing their interests and connecting them with relevant information.

In this blog, we’re exploring why young microbiologists should consider working with a pharmaceutical microbiology organisation and the benefits these organisations offer. Scroll down to learn more.


What is a Pharmaceutical Microbiology Organisation

Before we jump into the advantages pharmaceutical microbiology organisations provide young microbiologists, we’ll quickly give an overview of what these organisations do.

A pharmaceutical microbiology organisation strives to bring together professionals, researchers, and students working within the industry to facilitate the exchange of microbiological information. They also offer training courses and relevant publications and organise conferences for members.

Pharmig has been a non-profit pharmaceutical microbiology organisation since 1991. Our membership program offers a comprehensive portfolio of products for all microbiologists, including young professionals. Learn more about us here.


What a Pharmig Membership Offers Young Microbiologists

When starting your career in microbiology, finding relevant publications and conferences can be overwhelming. You might also want to connect with mentors and other new graduates.

Pharmig provides support in these areas and offers the following benefits:

  • Access to webinars, training sessions, and industry meetings.
  • The chance to communicate with industry experts.
  • Cutting-edge industry news and information in one place.
  • Links to trustworthy online resources.
  • Frequent newsletters and access to technical articles.
  • Forums to exchange secure information with other microbiologists.
  • Access to in-person events and conferences.

Alongside championing the latest research, Pharmig offers a social culture through its exclusive forum and networking events. Immersing yourself in the industry is paramount, and we’re here to help you get started.


The Aspiring Microbiologist of the Year Award 2023

At Pharmig, we recognise ‘excellence in microbiology’ and therefore have created an annual award which spotlights contributions made by a microbiologist new to the healthcare or pharmaceutical industry.

A winner is selected by our experienced committee and receives Pharmig publications of their choice (to the value of £180), attendance to any Pharmig meeting, and an article will be published about them in our popular newsletter.

Interested in applying? For the chance to win this award, microbiologists must have experience in a technical role for at least a year, and the role must have a strong emphasis on microbiology — this isn’t restricted to lab positions.

All entrants must be within the first three years of their career at the time of nomination.

Find out more about the award and the application process here.

We can’t wait to receive your nominations! Meeting the next generation of microbiologists is always a pleasure.


Final Thoughts

Pharmaceutical microbiology organisations offer crucial support and information for new microbiologists in all areas of the field. From providing networking opportunities to offering training courses, these organisations seek to nurture the next generation of professionals while promoting best practices and sharing the latest research.

Want to know more? Read Pharmig’s news articles now to stay in the loop.


Or get involved via our membership program. Sign up here.


Pharmaceutical Microbiology Seminars: Virtual vs In Person Events

Seminars are a must for any professional in the pharmaceutical microbiology sphere. However, when was the last time you attended an in-person conference? For many, it might be a long time ago.

The seminar landscape has evolved over the past few years. Virtual events have skyrocketed in popularity, allowing professionals from all over the world to connect in real-time. But don’t forget the personalised approach of in-person events. Each offers significant benefits to all who attend.

Today, we’re looking at the benefits of virtual and in-person pharmaceutical microbiology seminars to help you decide which is best for you. Keep reading to start contrasting.


Virtual Seminars

Virtual seminars allow pharmaceutical microbiologists to connect anywhere, anytime, and with anybody.

With these online events, the need to arrange travel and accommodation is eliminated, leaving attendees with more time and fewer expenses. This is ideal for anyone with tight schedules or busy family lives.

Online seminars also allow attendees to interact with experts anywhere in the world. No need to align everyone’s schedules. All you need to do is agree on a time that works for everyone.

Internet events can also be recorded, allowing individuals to re-watch and revisit content after the seminar is finished. This is ideal for notetaking or catching up on conferences you couldn’t attend.


In-Person Events

Don’t be so quick to write off in-person seminars, though.

These events offer a more immersive and engaging experience, allowing you to connect with other professionals and build your network. You’re more likely to remember someone you met in person than an icon on a screen! Learn why networking within pharmaceutical microbiology is crucial here.

In-person events allow for better audience participation, such as Q&A sessions and guest speakers, which improve pharmaceutical microbiology discussions. They also allow for hands-on workshops and physical demonstrations, which can be hard to do via live stream.

It can also benefit the attendees to spend time out of the office. Taking breaks from the lab or desk allows your brain to take a break, further improving the brain’s capacity to function when you return.


Virtual vs In-Person Events: Which is Best?

When weighing up the benefits of each event, it becomes apparent that each event offers invaluable advantages. However, in-person events will always be the better option for creating new professional relationships and providing engaging microbiology seminars.

However, it would be an oversight to ignore that virtual events are more accessible to professions that can’t travel.

Therefore, hybrid events are an excellent option for future microbiology conferences. These modern events weave virtual elements into the traditional in-person format, allowing pharmaceutical microbiologists worldwide to attend however works best for them. Of course, the experience will be elevated in person, but those visiting online won’t miss out on the content.


Pharmaceutical Microbiology Events: The Future

Events and seminars will always be crucial for sharing information, innovations, and networking. Therefore, deciphering which events suit your working style best is critical. This will help you plan which pharmaceutical microbiology events you should attend and which will provide you with the most information and benefits.

Ready to find your next pharmaceutical microbiology conference? Pharmig has a plethora of in-person, hybrid, and virtual meetings coming up. From launching Pharmig Europe – The Netherlands, September 2023  to our 31st Annual Conference – Hot Topics in Pharmaceutical Microbiology – November. We are at the forefront of research and collaborations.


See our complete list of upcoming in-person meetings online here. Or learn how a Pharmig membership could benefit you here.

Networking Within Pharmaceutical Microbiology – Why Connecting With Other Professionals Is Crucial

Whether you love or hate it, networking is an essential practice within microbiology.

Joining a collective effort or open discussion can reap many benefits to your personal research and to those you connect with. Plus, it’s an excellent way to stay up-to-date with industry trends and cutting-edge concepts.

This article examines how pharmaceutical microbiology networking is essential for professional growth, validation, and collaboration. Keep reading to learn more.


Benefits of Networking for Pharmaceutical Microbiologists

Networking is advantageous for all involved. Here are the primary benefits pharmaceutical microbiologists will experience via networking.

Pharmaceutical Microbiology networks such as Pharmig ), can provide opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, attend conferences, participate in workshops, and access resources and publications.

Networking is also paramount for creating and growing long-term collaborations and partnerships. It can even lead to mentorship opportunities, allowing new microbiologists to advance their practice with experienced microbiologists.

Attending conferences, workshops and ‘virtual networking’ via webinars etc focusing on pharmaceutical microbiology brings together experts, those wanting to learn more, and industry professionals offering invaluable networking opportunities and the chance to stay updated in latest advancements and trends whilst validating and benchmarking with other like-minded individuals and companies

Spending time within a professional microbiology organisation such as Pharmig can also foster support and an open forum for microbiologists. Here you can seek advice, share personal experiences, and learn from others in an informal environment.


Where to Network as a Pharmaceutical Microbiologist

Networking is a vital practice for microbiology professionals, and there are various places to get started.

  • Online communities and forums — These online spaces allow professionals to discuss and share insights without travelling long distances. These communities include specialised websites, social media groups, and forums.
  • Workshops, training courses, and industry events — Specific pharmaceutical microbiology events provide an in-person alternative for professionals to discuss their experiences and listen to presentations from other professionals. Industry events often feature appearances from pharmaceutical firms, laboratory representatives, NHS and other related businesses
  • Universities and institutions — Academic institutions and societies with a pharmaceutical microbiology focus also frequently hold collaborative events for networking. From webinars to in-person conferences, connect with local bodies to participate in their events.
  • Scientific conferences — Scientific conferences are held on local, national, and international scales, allowing professionals to network with researchers worldwide. Conferences usually include presentations, social events, and poster sessions.


How Pharmig Can Help

With 32 years of experience in microbiology, Pharmig is an international not-for-profit organisation that represents professionals with an interest in microbiology working in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and cosmetics industries.

We focus on continuing professional development and facilitating the exchange of microbiological information through conferences, publications, courses, and our own website which has technical white papers and previous accessible presentations and technical newsletter for current members. See how a Pharmig membership could benefit you today.

Start your microbiology networking practice today and join now. Or learn more about us and how we work alongside microbiology professionals.


Remember, networking is not just about building connections but also about sharing insights, gaining new perspectives, and staying informed about industry advancements. Actively engaging with peers and professionals in pharmaceutical microbiology can contribute to your professional development and open doors for future opportunities. Pharmig can support you in this!

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New Website Coming Soon for Pharmig

Here at Pharmig, we believe that it is always a good idea to keep improving and working on ourselves, which is why we have decided that the time is right to give our website a fresh look and feel.  We are very proud of our website and wanted to update it to offer the best user experience possible, to ensure we were able to give our visitors all the information they need to make informed decisions and at the same time easily navigate the site.

Our redesigned website should be ready to launch in the next few weeks, and we are incredibly excited to be able to share it with you.

As well as the refresh of the look and feel of the site, we have now implemented a fully mobile-friendly design, with more and more users opting for mobile phones and tablets to surf the web and search for goods and services, it was important to us to ensure the mobile experience matches that of the larger screen / PC / laptop experience.

We have also added more video resources to help our members access useful and important information. Video is proven to be a very effective way of learning and sharing information, we have some very exciting additions launching soon, a highlight being informative interviews with key figures from the Pharmaceutical and healthcare profession.

We have spent a great deal of time working with our web developers to create the best environment possible for our members, amongst many aspects of the new website, we have tried to focus on enhancing how we share information and the many different platforms we use to help our members develop and learn. Incorporated into the design is the possibility of sponsorship and member ads in key areas of the site, we are considering launching these facilities in the future, so watch this space.

A bit about us, in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries, Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation that promotes the interests of people who work in, oversee, or collaborate with microbiology.

Our website is a key tool to help us grow, communicate, and offer products and services to our members, which include:

  • Coordinating gatherings, training sessions, conferences, and the creation of publications that offer current information and opinions on issues relating to microbiology.
  • Advancing the study of microbiology and its application in real-world settings
  • Influencing the creation of rules and policies pertaining to microbiology
  • Serving as a private forum for the exchange of knowledge on all facets of microbiology

We work with several different sectors, and our membership offers various benefits, including networking and career opportunities, the chance to meet with leading professionals, and attending meetings and conferences, or booking on-line modular training courses  Membership also includes access to our publications and fact sheets and we provide the latest industry news and links to relevant and useful resources.

One of the perks of revamping our website is that it will be even easier to find out more about what we do and how you can join our services.

We will announce once the site is live and ask you to come and have a look at the new design, we invite new visitors to review the benefits of being a member of Pharmig’s extensive network and invite our existing members to come and try out the new look and feel.

If you are interested in joining Pharmig, have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by either clicking here or calling 01920 871 999.


Benefits of attending in-person practical training courses

Whilst we have seen attendance to online meetings / conferences / webinars increase significantly over the last 3 years or so, there is still nothing better than attending an in-person training course and the benefits this style of training brings to an individual, their team, or their company.

Face-to-face learning and training have their only uniquely beneficial factors when compared with online training. One of the most obvious aspects would be to allow hands-on experience, no matter how good the online course is, there is currently no technology that allows you to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Practical experience is a proven way in which we learn and retain information more efficiently.

Although online technology has become more advanced over the past few years, a classroom environment allows delegates and trainers to communicate and interact much more readily than online. Online courses often have waiting times before attendees can communicate (questions at the end, questions in the break), whereas in-person courses allow for more of a ‘free flow’ of communication and exchange of information.

A classroom environment can be much more adaptable and flow with the needs of the group, allowing for a much more open and fluid learning environment, in contrast online tends to be much more rigid to help facilitate the course, with less scope to change the learning topics or structure of the lesson.

There is also an obvious benefit with classroom and in-person learning, which is less reliance/need for technology, online has many conditions that need to be met before it can happen without problems, internet connection, the quality of technology available, software requirements and many more. In-person training can be interactive and effective with very little need for technology.

Online learning can be subject to distracting outside influences, the natural distractions that come with working/learning from home or the office, this is greatly reduced within a classroom environment.

Peer learning is a powerful educational tool, exchanging ideas and questions with one another and providing a valuable learning medium that online environments cannot replicate.


Additional Benefits of Effective in-person Training with Pharmig

  • Increased Employee Motivation, Satisfaction, and Morale.
  • Increased Efficiency.
  • Reduction in Employee Turnover.
  • Increased Innovation.

Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation that represents the interests of people who work in, oversee, or collaborate with microbiology in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries. We offer a wide variety of courses and publications to our members.


Pharmig is offering 2 training courses in March and April:


Basic Microbiology Practical Training Course – 14th & 15th March, York

A 2-day course designed for those who are new to pharmaceutical microbiology. The course is laboratory-based and strongly focuses on practical techniques, group exercises, and lectures. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice fundamental techniques. Course contents include culture maintenance, microbial identification, environmental monitoring, aseptic technique, and data integrity for the microbiology lab.

You will leave this course with a clear understanding of what happens in a microbiology lab, why the tests are performed, and how to document them correctly.

Training in the basics will help you to:

  • Understand contamination risks to the process.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current control measures.
  • Maintain compliance with cGMP and data integrity expectations for the laboratory.


A Practical Introduction to Sterile Manufacturing – 26th April, Solihull

Designed for those people who are new to the industry this interactive training course will help you understand what sterile manufacturing is and will cover topics which include: microbiology, clean room design, sterilisation processes, sterility assurance, manufacturing methods and regulatory oversight.

It is designed to:

  • Get you to think about the risks associated with sterile manufacturing.
  • Understand the basic elements of sterility assurance.

The course will support:

  • Building greater people capability and consistency in your sterile operations
  • Reducing quality issues, waste, defects, and accidents
  • Being better able to meet your regulators’ expectations.
  • Releasing batches more consistently à get products to the patient more reliably.
  • Better management of individual performance

At the end of this training programme, you will:

  • Have an underpinning awareness of sterile manufacturing and associated risks.
  • Attain an introductory understanding and knowledge of key sterile processes and controls.

If you are interested in attending these courses, please contact us here, we would love to hear from you.

Pharmaceutical Microbiology Publications

Pharmig Microbiological Publications, Fact Sheets, and Interactive On-Line Training

As a part of our remit and service included in our membership across these sectors, we provide informative guides, publications, factsheets, and on-line training. Industry leaders have written and created Pharmig publications, fact sheets, and interactive online training courses, which cover and provide important data pertaining to GMP practices and regulator guidance.

Our publications and fact sheets cover a wide range of subjects, please see below for our full list:

  • A Guide to Cleaning and Disinfection of Pharmaceutical Facilities – A Road Map to Regulatory Compliance
  • A Guide to Microbiological Control for Non-Sterile Pharmaceuticals
  • Guide to Cleanroom Operation & Contamination Control
  • Guide to Bacterial Identification
  • Current Perspective on Environmental Monitoring
  • Guide to Microbiology Laboratories in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Guide to Isolator for Sterility Testing
  • Best Practices for the Bacterial Endotoxin Test: A Guide to the LAL Assay
  • Rapid & Alternative Microbiological Methods in conjunction with the CTPA
  • Cleanroom Environmental Isolates Fact Sheets
  • Microorganisms Fact Sheets
  • Major Objectionable Microorganisms Fact Sheets
  • Pharmaceutically Important Fungi Fact Sheets
  • Water Microorganisms Fact Sheets
  • Commonly Occurring Organisms Fact Sheets
  • LAL Fact Sheets

Additionally, Pharmig provides online interactive training courses. Your staff can get access to top-notch online training through the Pharmig Training Portal. Module 1: Cleaning & Disinfection of Cleanrooms covers contamination, preparation and storage of cleaning agents & disinfectants, and application techniques.  By watching a series of detailed videos, followed by a multiple-choice assessment, they will learn a variety of essential subjects relating to their role in the cleanroom environment.

On successful completion of all chapters within the module, participants will be issued with a certificate and will then be able to apply their learnings within the working environment.

The interactive online training module is aimed at those who are new to working in GMP cleanrooms as well as being ideal for Production Operators, Cleaners, QA, QC

In the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetics, and NHS industries, Pharmig is a non-profit professional organisation that promotes the interests of people who work in, are in charge of, or collaborate with microbiology.

It acts as a network for the exchange of microbiological knowledge through training sessions, conferences, publications, and its website forum. It also offers a focus on ongoing professional development.

Since 1991, the Pharmig group has experienced substantial growth, enhancing the range of products it presently provides to the Membership while adhering to the original requirements of microbiologists which include:

  • Planning meetings, conferences, training sessions, and publications that offer current information and opinions on issues pertaining to microbiology
  • Improving the science of microbiology and its application in real-world situations
  • Having an impact on the formulation of rules and regulations pertaining to microbiology
  • Serving as a confidential platform for the exchange of knowledge on all facets of microbiology.

Pharmig publications, fact sheets and interactive online training modules can be ordered online, please see the following links for more information and to buy through the website.

Pharmig’s complete list of publications.

Fact Sheets.

Online Training.

Along with many other advantages, our members have access to a vast array of valuable information, articles, and fact sheets, see here for more information.