Single-Course English 7.5 ECTS

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and quality in pharmaceutical, biotech and food industry – Practical version

Overall Course Objectives

To provide the students with theoretical and partiular practical insight and understanding in GMP, hygiene and quality management systems, comprising legal requirements, guidelines, documentation and practical implementation, used in companies within the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and food industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the necessary quality requirements imposed to an organisation and its buildings, production equipment, personnel and procedures of a pharmaceutical, biotech or food company, which is subject to follow GMP regulations, food regulations or ISO quality standards.
  • Compare GMP, food and hygiene rules and Standards from various national and international regulatory authorities and standardization organizations and be familiar with their document structure.
  • Apply GMP rules and ISO standards during evaluation of process design projects as well as ordinary production units,
  • Making Standard Operational Procedures (SOP)
  • Interpret a Pipe & Instrumentation diagram for production process and units to identify the important details with relevance to GMP and hygiene.
  • Identify errors and imperfections of the hygienic design of pilot production plants and propose improvements.
  • Construct a written qualification report of a pilot plant unit applying practical observations, hands-on tests and calibrations, and using proper document control systems and quality management systematics.
  • Analyse quality demands and standards for utility systems (e.g air, water and steam) to be in compliance with GMP and hygienic standards.
  • Select cleaning principles and propose cleaning procedures appropriate for hygienic production plants.
  • Select and use risk management principles to evaluate strategies to achieve the desired product quality.

Course Content

The course comprises basic GMP requirements from international and Danish legal authorities, as well as from the international standardization organizations endorsed by the authorities. The theory also covers the life cycle of medicine products, food safety, sustainability, HACCP methods, ISO quality standards, quality management systems, document control, hygienic process design, Cleaning in Place systems and GMP compliant utilities.
The practical reporting of the course will contain two team rapports. One based on a practical exercise for a pilot plant CIP unit and the other report which is based on the study of a physical pilot unit. The latter report is constructed in steps during the course to generate a final comprehensive qualification and validation report for a pharmaceutical production unit using proper document control protocols.

A special focus is on the science and risk based approach to GMP, the Quality by Design and Design Space concepts, used to modernize and make the pharmaceutical industry more efficient and competitive.

The teaching is a mix of lectures, problem solving, group works and practical exercises in the pilot plant To enforce the understanding of GMP as a true team effort along all professional disciplines in real life, the teams will normally be composed of students with different background and knowledge.
Peer reviews of some group works are part of the learning and evaluation methods.

A half day excursion to a pharmaceutical production plant is included. (If possible for Covid-19)

Recommended prerequisites

Course in process technology/engineering (for instance 28020/28022)
Courses in biochemistry (27022, or 27032)

Teaching Method

Common lectures. Group work, problem solving and pilot lab exercises in groups of max. 4 persons. Group work outside modul E1B is expected.


Guest lecturers from industry
The GMP course (formerly 28855) is divided into a practical version 28857 to 7.5 ECTS, and a theoretical version 28855 to 5 ECTS.
28857 is offered autumn semesters and 28855 spring semesters.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10, Maximum: 56.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks


Chemical Engineering


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 28857
Course type Candidate

11.250,00 DKK

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