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RP/Responsible Person

The MHRA and the European GDP Guideline of 5 November 2013 require that, in order to gain and retain a Wholesale Dealer’s Licence (WDA) licence, wholesale pharmaceutical distributors must designate a Responsible Person (RP) for Good Distribution of Medicinal (GDP) who must be named on the licence.  The responsibilities and liabilities of the RP remain the same whether the Responsible person is employed directly by the licence holder or is an independent contractor. 

According to the MHRA, the RP is responsible for “safeguarding product users against potential hazards arising from poor distribution practices”.  The duties and responsibilities of a RP includeensuring that the provisions of the licence are fulfilled by means of GDP and GMP compliance and best practice within all regulated activities, a compliant quality system is established and maintained and a suitable document control system is in place to ensure that adequate records are maintained.  In addition, the RP will need to oversee the audit of the quality system, carry out independent audits and cooperate with the product licence holder and regulatory authorities with regard to drug returns and product recalls. 

In order to carry out his/her duties, the RP should have knowledge of the products being traded under the licence and the conditions necessary for their safe storage and distribution. The RP should have access to all areas and records which relate to the licensable activities and regularly review and monitor all such areas.

Skills and Experience required to become an RP

  • Degree in pharmacy (preferable) or Qualified Person status
  • Practical experience in Supply Chain, Production and Quality Assurance relating to the distribution of medicinal products
  • Extensive knowledge of GDP and GMP
  • Experience of hosting MHRA inspections, client audits and self-inspections
  • High level of accuracy 

Wales has become home to some of the world’s most progressive companies within the Life Sciences industry. The sector has developed into established clusters of excellence in high-growth markets including, in vitro diagnostic, single use technology and Wound care.

Medical technology companies in Wales vary from large corporate multinationals (including Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zimmer/Biomet) to smaller start-ups built around innovation arising from the Welsh academic research base such as MedaPhor and Cyden.

Wales can boast some world leading anchor companies. Employment in the Welsh medical technology sector is dominated by significant and leading enterprises, such as GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Zimmer Biomet.

Their eight universities are home to over 160,000 students, 12,000 of these in Life Sciences, and take part in a wide range of research and technology projects offering meaningful partnering opportunities for Life Sciences businesses.

Wales is a great place to further your career in life sciences. If you are a looking for pharmaceutical jobs in Wales, scientific careers in Wales or want to discuss cell therapy, gene therapy, ATMP, medical device, technology, biotech or pharmaceutical job opportunities in Wales, give our Next Phase team a call. The Welsh area is continuing to expand as a centre for jobs in science, process development, technology, software development, project management, informatics, quality, reg affairs and supply chain.

 

At Next Phase we help people find new jobs in life sciences across the UK, Europe and USA. This page lists some of the job opportunities in the UK, and if you give us a call we can also talk to you about other scientific jobs, pharmaceutical career opportunities and the latest updates in cell and gene therapy and ATMP development in the area.