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GMP Auditing Course 2 Day Training Agenda

Background Information

Auditing Department Basics

  • Exercise: Be, Know, Do

Traits/Skills of a Good Auditor

  • Group discussion: Fishbone Diagram
  • Group discussion: Exercise: Potential Interview Problems
  • Group work: Exercise: Getting it Right

GMP Background Information for Auditors

  • Exercise: Home Base Worksheet
  • Exercise: Preamble Activity

Pre-Audit Information

Conducting the Audit

  • Group work: Common Items to look for in an Audit

Post Audit

  • Group work: Classifying, Managing, Justifying your findings
  • Exercise: cGMP Compliance
  • Exercise: Ranking – GMP Observations
  • Group work: Root Cause Analysis 5 Why’s
  • Group work: Root Cause Analysis From Fishbone

Additional Resources and Worksheets/Checklists

  • Calibration, Equipment and Validation Information
  • Audit Strategies
  • Additional Considerations for GMP Auditing
  • Audit Report Example 1, Example 2, Example 3

Course Description

Auditing is a critical function within a pharmaceutical company. It provides management with information about how effectively the company controls the quality of their processes and products. Auditors must perform their jobs competently to ensure their company’s compliance with pharmaceutical USFDA GMP regulations and other quality standards like ICH Q10. This Auditing for GMP course is specifically designed to address the challenges of GMP auditing for the pharmaceutical industry and present the basic competencies required to effectively perform the auditor's assigned responsibilities.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is recommended for individuals with two to three years of direct experience working with the USFDA and PIC/S GMP guidelines who want to develop additional expertise in GMP Auditing
  • New auditors or individuals wanting to become auditors
  • Professionals who are responsible for conducting internal or vendor GMP audits
  • Suppliers and others who are audited, such as quality assurance and quality control specialists, validation scientists, manufacturing supervisors, technical support personnel, engineers, and all levels of management

Learning Objectives:

  • Effectively evaluate audit and report findings
  • Identify critical components for a good audit report
  • Conduct an audit using an audit trail and checklist
  • Understand the concepts behind compliance auditing
  • Increased knowledge of cGMP concepts and regulatory requirements related to auditing
  • Prepare and conduct audits using an audit trail and checklists
  • Identify the critical competencies needed to be a conscientious auditor

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Faculty Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas (25+ year exp.)

Vice President, Americas Quality Operations at Stallergenes Greer - Charlotte Metro USA

Ms. Thomas has over two decades of cGMP hands-on industry experience in both pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing operations. Her experience covers all Quality Systems; as well as, all areas of validation; including, process/product validation, facilities validation, CSV and 21 CFR Part 11, test method validation, equipment/automated processes and cleaning validation.  

Over 20 years’ experience leading facility start-ups, PAI and Routine cGMP Surveillance inspections. Highly successful global regulatory and ISO compliance history with inspections including FDA, EMEA, IMB, JP, Health Canada, and ANVISA. Highly committed to implementing effective contract manufacturing, supplier management and Internal audit programs. 

Strengths include developing staff, maintaining and developing budgets, implementing robust quality systems, communicating and implementing clear Key Performance Metrics (KPIs), conducting Quality Management Reviews and Executive Reports, implementing Lean Six Sigma programs, influencing and implementing positive change, and leading cross-functional teams. 


RAPS - This course has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 8.0 credits towards a participant's RAC recertification upon full completion.

World Compliance Seminars (WCS) is a Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) RA Professional Development Portal provider. World Compliance Seminars is committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of regulatory affairs professionals and other stakeholders through appropriate regulatory affairs learning activities and programs. World Compliance Seminars has agreed to follow RAPS-established operational and educational criteria