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Training - ISoP Mid Year Training Course

ISoP Mid Year
Training Course

Canberra, Australia
15-16 March 2018

Pharmacovigilance in the Western Pacific: Global approaches to risk-management of medicines.



Mid-year training course – Canberra (Australia)

This training course addressed the specific needs and interests of people working in the field of pharmacovigilance either in regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, in academia, hospitals or community settings. The programme covered topical pharmacovigilance and risk-management issues both internationally and in the context of the Australian and New Zealand health systems and particularly the specific situation of rapidly growing countries and health economies.

Day One took the form of lectures with opportunity for discussion through questions and answers and panel discussion, while Day Two  focused on hands-on interactive tasks in smaller workshop groups.

The second part of the course focused on risk management and minimization approaches. Participants gained hands-on experience of development of Risk Management Plans (RMPs) and the conduct of benefit-risk assessments and how they should be adapted to local settings.

This two-day course was targeted at regulators, scientists and industry, with a strong focus on practical examples and real-life solutions.

The programme included the following topics:

  • Current landscape, regulatory and international legislative frameworks
  • ADR collection and management
  • Risk management (e.g. Risk Management Plans)
  • How to apply international regulatory actions in a local context (e.g in Australia and New Zealand) (workshop)
  • Benefit-risk assessment and clinical considerations (workshop)

The faculty for this course consisted of international and national experts in pharmacovigilance, representing government, academia, and industry.
Training certificates of attendance were provided to those who complete the course.

This course was successfully organized in the capital city of Canberra, Australia, in collaboration with the ISoP Western Pacific chapter. It was the first time that such ISoP training had been undertaken in Australia.

Speakers and participants in Canberra, 16 March 2018


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Meeting Venue

Rydges Capital Hill, Canberra, Australia

Rydges Capital Hill
17 Canberra Avenue,
Forrest ACT 2603

Canberra airport

Canberra Airport is a major airport serving Australia’s capital city, located approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) from the city centre
The airport serves direct flights to most Australian state capitals and regionally.
Direct international links also operate from Canberra to New Zealand and Singapore.

The hotel venue is located approx. 12 minutes in taxi from the airport.


We recommend to book your room at Ridges Capital Hill Canberra (Hotel venue). Rooms subject to availability.
Please contact ISoP Administration for information about how to make your reservation at the hotel meeting venue, Ridges Capital Hill.

Parking at the Rydges Capital Hill hotel is limited and subject to availability.
Hotel guests pay $15 per day.


Canberra is the capital city of Australia.
The city is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne. Surrounded by parklands, the youthful capital boasts superb open spaces, monuments, and galleries.
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