Education & Training

Building knowledge, skills and capacity in pharmacovigilance

An original and practical training menu

We are ambitious not only to support pharmacovigilance professionals around the world, but also to spread the message of safer use of medicines as widely as possible. Our education, training and communications activities cover an extensive field of activity. These pages examine our education and training programme for professionals, while Communication in pharmacovigilance examines important related issues.

Together with UMC's experienced staff, experts from around the world, academic partners and others all offer a wide range of programmes and resources; they cover almost all technical topics and skills related to best practice in pharmacovigilance, as well as essential studies in communications, crisis management and much more. These help new and established staff develop their professional practice in many settings, especially in national pharmacovigilance centres.

There are hands-on and web-based courses, webinars, videos, user-group meetings and publications. The popular, annual course in Uppsala has been held eighteen times, and recently a new, annual course in Mysore, India, began serving the Asia-Pacific region.

International training courses

UMC organises two two-week pharmacovigilance training courses each year – in Uppsala, Sweden, and the Asia Pacific course, in Mysore, India, in collaboration with JSS University.

Next: 20th international pharmacovigilance training course

Date: to be confirmed, 2018

Location: Uppsala, Sweden

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Next: 4th Asia Pacific course

Date: TBC 2018
Location: India

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ISoP–UMC Training

The International Society of Pharmacovigilance and UMC collaborate in providing training in Asia and Latin America.

4th ISoP-UMC course

Date: 4-6th September, 2017
Location: Panama

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ISoP Mid-Year Training Course

Under the title 'Developing risk management capability: Maximising opportunities from global Pharmacovigilance experience', this course has been designed to help interdisciplinary groups to learn and work together in contributing to patient safety when medicines are used.
Date: 25-26 May 2017
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

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Uppsala University–UMC web courses

Uppsala University offers two online distance-learning courses in pharmacovigilance each semester, in collaboration with Uppsala Monitoring Centre. The courses are given in the following order each semester.

Preclinical Safety Assessment and Pharmacovigilance

Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

These provide 7,5 credits within the Swedish university qualification system.

WHODrug Training

Users of WHODrug can access a range of training and webinars, as well as User Group meetings in several regions of the world.

View WHODrug resources

Global event calendar

View a global event calendar containing pharmacovigilance conferences and courses coming up around the world.

Global event calendar

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