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MHRA Laboratories Symposium 2019 ... plus GXP mailbox update

A previous MHRA GLP and GCP Laboratories Symposium, with Martin Reed (GLP and GMPQC Inspector) presenting.

The MHRA Laboratories Symposium will be held on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at the Novotel in London. We view these symposia as a vital part of our communication strategy, giving us an opportunity to engage with stakeholders to discuss topics that are important to us all.

Following a review of our inspection metrics for the previous year (2017 to 2018) and feedback from the last symposium, we will be looking at 2 quality system areas:

  • practical aspects of data integrity – covering examples of system set-ups and common problems on inspection
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control - the difference between the two, how they can support each other, with examples from inspections

In the afternoon, after a hearty lunch, we will be holding a session covering method validation. During the day there will also be 2 sessions called ‘Quality System Pick ‘n’ Mix’, covering some of the hot topics from across all the GXPs. Inspectors will be acting out some scenarios in these sessions - but do not expect any BAFTA award winning performances! These sessions will also be interactive so please do contribute. We will finish the day with updates from the inspectorate and an opportunity to ask questions via a panel session.

This event provides a forum for stakeholders to meet the inspectors outside of regulatory inspections and this year we have a variety of ways to get involved:

  • we encourage you to submit questions for the panel sessions to help us to understand your issues relating to regulated laboratory activities

  • we will have an inspector’s desk where you can drop by and ask for advice (and help yourself to a biscuit or two)

  • we will also have inspector surgeries, following the success of these sessions last year, and ask that you submit queries during the booking process so that we have chance to prepare and provide you with the best advice possible

In addition to the chance to meet the inspectors, these events also provide stakeholders with the opportunity to network with others and discuss common topics.

Details of the symposium can be found at the following address:


I would also like to bring to your attention the recent change in contact email address for the laboratories inspection group from to

So why have we changed? The scope of the laboratories inspection group covers Good Laboratory Practice, Good Clinical Practice laboratories and Good Manufacturing Practice Quality Control laboratories as well as inspections of bioequivalence clinical trials, yet this was not reflected in our contact details. Feedback from our stakeholders indicated this had caused confusion about who to contact, as well as potentially delaying our response to queries.

The benefit of the consolidated email address is that your queries will reach the appropriate inspector sooner, as well as providing reassurance that the correct location has been reached.

Over the next few months you will notice the respective websites and references to the old email address being updated. The email address will remain active for a while to aid with the transition and to ensure all queries are addressed.


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