The Qualified Person (QP) is essential to the safe control of medicines and needs to have extensive training and in-depth critical understanding of all the aspects associated with pharmaceutical manufacturing.
The primary legal responsibility of the Qualified Person (QP) is to certify batches of medicinal products prior to use in a clinical trial (human medicines products only) or prior to release for sale and placing on the market (human and veterinary medicinal products).
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the Department of Health and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) require the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry to certify the eligibility of their members for nomination as a Qualified Person.
The MHRA / VMD are responsible for determining who can be named as a Qualified Person on a Manufacturer's Authorisation.
A new online network has been set up for all members interested in Qualified Persons including anyone interested in becoming a QP and members listed on the RPS register of Eligible QPs.
Joint Professional Bodies Qualified Persons’ Scheme
Please refer to the following Application Documents when making an application for certification as a Qualified Person:
- Application form
- Guidance Notes for Applicants and Sponsors
- Study Guide
- Code of Practice for Qualified Persons
- Sponsor Form
Updated Application Documents have been launched (February 2013). As applicants sometimes complete their application forms over a period of time we will accept applications on the old forms for a short period of time.
Additional information is in our Frequently asked questions
The fee for all applications under the Permanent Provisions (category A) is £600.
If further information is required, applicants should contact the officer at their respective professional body. For information relevant to members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society please choose from these options:
For general QP enquiries
For further information about training courses for Qualified Persons we suggest that you contact someone from the list of training providers. Please note that the Joint Professional Bodies do not accredit or endorse training courses.