Qualified Person Eligibility Panel of Assessors

QP eligibility panel of assessors

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has a vacancy for at least one Assessor for its QP Eligibility Panel of Assessors.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Chemistry (the “Joint Professional Bodies (JPB)”) are required by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to certify individuals as eligible for nomination as a Qualified Person (QP). Each professional body has a Panel of Assessors which includes a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.

As an Assessor you will be a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and will have experience in a quality role (ideally significant experience). Your experience will include acting as a Qualified Person.

You will possess the appropriate inter-personal skills, including good interviewing technique and communication skills, and an understanding of the assessment procedure and its purpose. Ideally you have experience in the training and development of others.

The Assessor role includes review of the written applications and interviewing candidates (“viva voce” interview). The interview panel for each assessment normally involves an Assessor from each of the professional bodies. The RPS Assessors also collaborate with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to raise awareness on the issues relating to the QP role and in providing support for QPs, for example, via a Qualified Persons online group and via the RPS Support team.

Further details are available in RPS QP Eligibility Panel of Assessors - Role and Specification »

Time commitment and remuneration

You must commit to the time expectations for an Assessor. It is estimated that the total time commitment is 4-6 days per year. This usually includes 2 days for interviews and 2 meeting/training days.

The Assessor position is a voluntary one and no remuneration is associated with the role, however reasonable travel expenses incurred while carrying out Assessor duties will be reimbursed.

Application process

Expressions of Interest are invited in the form of a curriculum vitae detailing experience and a supporting statement. These should be sent by email to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society QP Officer (see below) by Monday 30 January 2017. The supporting statement should include why you want to become an Assessor and what particular expertise you would bring to the Panel, since recruitment will take into account the  balance of the Panel and its future requirements with regards to Assessor experience of products and processes.

You should include details on the “RPS QP Assessor referee form” of 2 referees:-

RPS QP Assessor referee form download form » (DOC) 
RPS QP Assessor referee form download form » (PDF)

The successful applicant(s) will be invited to the Panel for a probationary/training period, which will include them observing two days of assessments (QP applicants interviews). Unsuccessful applicants will be informed and, if appropriate, an application may be kept on file for future recruitment.

If you wish to informally discuss the position before applying please contact Rachel Norton (QP Officer) in the first instance.

Ms Rachel Norton
QP Officer (RPS Professional Support Service)
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Tel: 020 7572 2306
Email: rachel.norton@rpharms.com

If you are an RPS member and have any other enquiries about QP eligibility please contact the RPS Professional Support Service.