Supplier Qualification

USD $35.00

Course duration: Allow 1 to 1.5 hours to complete this course.

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Supplier Qualification TGA and FDA audits – supplier audits

Supplier Qualification Course Description:

This “Supplier Qualification” certificate cGMP training course is available online, 24/7 from the date of purchase.

  • Once you complete your online purchase of this online cGMP course, you’ll gain 12 months’ access to the training course.
  • You’ll also gain a Certificate of Completion for your Personnel Training Records and/or to attach to your CV (upon successful completion of the online course and Final Assessment).

Snapshot of this course:

This course focuses on the essentials of Supplier Qualification Programs — and supply chain management requirements — for regulated sectors and other supply-critical business sectors.

The course will assist personnel and/or contractors and suppliers working in the following industries:

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Medical Device manufacturers
  • Manufacturers of Veterinary Medicines
  • Manufacturers of complementary medicines
  • Cosmetic product manufacturers
  • Compounding chemists
  • Logistics/administration departments (Clinical Research settings, Clinical Trial Drug Sponsors, Hospitals, etc.)
  • Any other industry in which ensuring a consistent supply chain and consistent product specifications is required

This course includes examples of common TGA and FDA audit findings (citations or warning letters) relating to Supplier Qualification programs and/or GMP agreement deficiencies.

This GMP Supplier Qualifications training course also includes examples:

  • TGA findings relating to outsourcing/supplier qualification programs and GMP agreements/technical agreements
  • FDA audit findings and warning letters related to Supplier Agreements/GMP Agreements


Supplier Qualification training program

This course reviews cGMP expectations for supply chain quality management – including auditor expectations for Supplier Qualification programs and management of the ASL by Regulators such as the TGA and FDA.

The course includes examples/case studies of warning letters from the FDA and other Regulatory Authorities in relation to Supplier Qualification/Auditing/Monitoring expectations.

Who should take this Supplier Qualification online GMP training program?

The course is suitable for anyone who needs a better understanding of supply chain quality management, including Pharmaceutical Quality Systems (PQS) and Supplier Qualification Programs (e.g. supplier qualification procedures and file management requirements).

While designed for industries with legal requirements to comply with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), Supplier Qualification principles are applicable to industry that requires a consistent supply of quality materials (or services); and is not restricted to personnel working in regulated industries.


This online Supplier Qualification training course is ideal for personnel with role responsibilities for ensuring or monitoring quality control, quality management, logistics, incoming materials receiving/raw materials testing, data integrity/data governance (re ASL/supplier management files), laboratory testing, and other responsibilities in a cGMP environment being audited by the TGA, FDA or other regulators.

The course should be completed by cGMP personnel/contractors including, but not limited to:

  • Operations Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Department Managers
  • Procurement System Managers
  • Purchasing Department Personnel Quality System Inspectors/Auditors
  • Regulatory Agency personnel seeking a refresher course
  • Logistics Managers
  • Warehouse Security and Distribution Personnel

Course Benefits:

The training course will aid Quality Personnel and Procurement Personnel to better understand:

  • Regulatory Authority expectations in relation to supply chain management and overall quality management (QRM/PQS/QMS)
  • TGA and FDA auditing expectations/findings in relation to Supplier Qualification and quality monitoring procedures
  • The due diligence evidence required in relation to assessing and selecting a supplier (or suppliers) based on QRM principles
  • The benefits of establishing an effective supplier selection procedure and engaging in ongoing supplier monitoring processes at appropriate intervals.


What’s included in the Supplier Qualification training course (online cGMP training)?

This cGMP training course content is based on various industry publications and guidelines.  Examples are derived from:

  • cGMP guidance from PIC/s GMP Guidelines and cGMP publications/Annexes
    • PIC/S PE 009-14 referred to by the TGA during audits
    • PIC/S PE 009-15 referred to by the EMA and MHRA during audits
  • The FDA CFRs relating to Supplier Qualification and recordkeeping requirements
  • Presentations and guidance documents from GMP Forums including TGA summaries of regulatory expectations for supply chain quality management,  such as establishing a documented, quality-monitored Supplier Qualification Program and ASL (Authorised Suppliers List) as part of the broader PQS efforts.

TGA supplier qualification training and audits TGA presentations on supply chain supplier qualification

Course content for cGMP Supplier Qualification training:

  • Regulatory guidance for supplier qualification programs as part of supply chain quality management
  • Requirements to maintain an Authorised Suppliers List
  • Supporting documentation for supplier/material risk assessments and supply chain decision-making (supplier evaluations and supplier selection)
  • The impact of supply criticality/importance on production and using QRM principles for supplier assessments
  • Supplier Agreements/contracts – GMP agreements/technical arrangements
    • Common gaps in agreements
    • Ongoing requirements for periodic contract reviews
  • Ongoing monitoring of suppliers and resolving issues
  • Importance of verification processes to ensure materials are received from the authorised supplier (and that materials meet documented specification requirements)
  • Common citations/audit findings during regulatory inspections (with audit findings/case studies based on TGA inspections and FDA inspections of supplier agreements).

How long will it take to complete this online cGMP training course on Supplier Qualification?

  • Online GMP certificate course timeframes can vary from learner to learner and from topic to topic.
  • Course duration: Allow 1 to 2 hours to complete this course.

Pre-requisites and recommended courses:

Note: this course can be taken as a stand-alone course or combined with other online GMP training courses.

  • Learners should have at least a basic understanding of good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements and should also complete required GRK training for good documentation/good recordkeeping practice requirements.
  • GMP01 and GMP02 (cGMP compliance knowledge) and/or equivalent GMP induction training courses are pre-requisites for this course.

For Quality Team leaders who need to train larger numbers of personnel on GMP compliance topics, or need multiple courses for a single user, consider the option of custom bundled training packages

Recommended online GMP/cGMP certificate training courses:

Good Recordkeeping Practice

FDA CFRs 210 and 211 for pharmaceutical manufacturing 

Preparing for an Audit (cGMP Audit checklists)

Resources (suggested reading):

Top 10 pharmaceutical industry blogs (top 10 GMP blogs)

Pharmaceutical Industry Jobs: 5 Essential Skills

List of global Regulatory Authorities / GMP Auditors (Who regulates GMP environments?)


supplier-audits-cGMP-TGA and FDA authorised supply list

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Successful course completion will enable the learner to get a course Certificate of Completion (dated). Contact us if you also need a Credly badge for your LinkedIn profile.

Learners must also read, understand, refer to and comply with all regional and product-relevant cGMP regulations (e.g., product-relevant Annexes), Annex 11 (if applicable) for computerised systems, and national laws.