A Qualified Person (QP) must be an experienced professional with an in-depth critical understanding of pharmaceutical manufacture and distribution.
It is a legal requirement for every manufacturer of pharmaceutical products to have a Qualified Person, who certifies the release of every batch of each product; the QP is essential to the safe control of medicines.
In the UK, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Biology assess the eligibility of members for QP status on behalf of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the Department of Health, and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
You can view the register of our members who are eligible to act as Qualified Persons; there is also an introductory document that explains some of the detailed eligibility criteria and code of conduct.
Supporting our members, the wider profession and the public through this challenging time is now our priority. We are still accepting Qualified Person applications, which can be submitted electronically to QP@rsc.org. Please expect some delay in the processing and assessment timelines, due to the effects of the pandemic. Interviews are being carried out virtually until further notice. We are reassessing the situation on a regular basis and will resume normal procedures as soon as possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions or concerns.
2021 Quarterly Newsletter
The Joint Professional Bodies will be publishing a quarterly newsletter throughout 2021. The aim of this newsletter is to provide regular updates to our members and the public on any changes affecting QPs or the QP application process which have been brought about by Brexit and Covid-19. View the latest Qualified Persons in the pharmaceutical industry newsletter.