CAS Industrial Pharmacy – Quality Management 2022

Seize Quality Management issues and transformations head-on

The pharmaceutical industry must seize Quality Management issues and transformations head-on. But well-trained professionals are missing. To overcome this gap, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Geneva, in close collaboration with the Swiss Society of Industrial Pharmacists and the Groupement Romand de l'Industrie Pharmaceutique (GRIP-Pharma), as well as a diversity of experts from companies based in Western Switzerland, has launched the very first Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Industrial Pharmacy – Quality Management. Read the full article >>>



November 2022 - June 2023
14 ECTS credits
105 Teaching hours
105 Distance teaching hours
210 independent study hours




Blended learning


Eric Allémann, eric.allemann(at), +41 (0)22 379 6148
Yogeshvar Kalia, yogi.kalia(at), +41 (0)22 379 3355




Registration deadline

15 September 2022
Modules can be followed individually


CAS: CHF 7'500.-
Individual module: CHF 2'000.-


  • To acquire detailed and thorough knowledge about Quality Management throughout the drug's life cycle
  • To understand the regulatory and normative health industry contexts in which Quality Assurance is used
  • To learn and master the tools of Quality Assurance
  • To adopt a method of analysis and use problem-solving strategies to enable the presentation of results to different audiences
  • To apply the lessons to concrete situations in the workplace through the use of case-studies


Professional in the pharmaceutical industry (including biotechnology), as well as participant who needs to expand their knowledge in the field in order to pursue a career in a branch of quality management in industry. Holder of a Master's degree in pharmacy, biotechnology, chemistry, life sciences; holder of a Bachelor's degree (chemistry, biotechnology); holder of a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in chemistry/biotechnology

Learning outcomes

  • Possess a good knowledge of Quality and its application in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Master the legal framework for pharmaceutical product marketing and the relationship between the holder of the marketing authorization and operators
  • Master the qualification and validation processes as well as Quality Control operations
  • Able to manage an inspection and establish an appropriate CAPA (Corrective and Preventive Actions)
  • Able to manage suppliers and service providers from a Quality perspective to ensure patient safet
  • Able to analyse, judge and determine the quality attributes in a development project in order to develop innovative solutions at a complex level
  • Able to assume executive functions in the analysis, systematization, and resolution of complex problems in new contexts, with theorybased solutions


  • Development of pharmaceutical formulations
  • Regulatory management and audits
  • Operational quality, qualification and quality control

Individual projetct


Prof. Eric ALLÉMANN and Prof. Yogeshvar KALIA, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva


Florence Von Ow-Lesniewski, University of Geneva


Société Suisse des Pharmacien.nes d’Industrie (SSPI-GSIA) · Groupement romand des industries pharmaceutiques

Diploma awarded

Participants who pass the assessment requirements and successfully complete all modules and the individual project will be awarded a CAS in Industrial Pharmacy – Quality Management by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva.
Quality management is essential for any industrial activity. The objective of this CAS is to provide high-level training in effective quality management that addresses the specific needs of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries.

Admission criteria

  • Hold a university master's degree, a university bachelor's degree, a bachelor's or master's degree from a university of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences or a degree deemed equivalent
  • Have at least some professional experience related to the Certificate programme
  • Have a good command of oral and written English (B2 Level)

Steering committee

  • Prof. Eric Allémann, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Prof. Yogeshvar Kalia, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Dr. Gaëlle Vacher, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva
  • Philippe Buthier, Seagen, Technical Product Steward - Manufacturing Science and Technology
  • Frédéric Zwahlen, Vifor (International) ltd, Head of Technical Operations - Senior Vice President

Number of participants

15 participants


9:15 - 17:00 with a lunchbreak and breaks in the morning and afternoon

Professors and staff at University of Geneva and experts from the pharmaceutical industry, including executives from pharmaceutical companies located in French-speaking Switzerland

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