The Center for Professional Innovation and Education (CfPIE) has announced a new certification programme for document management professionals in the life sciences
CfPIE has recognised the industry need to establish document management as a core discipline in the life sciences.
It says it is the first organisation to offer a unified document management training program leading to certification.
This new certification track, the Document Management Certified Professional (DMCP) joins six other certification programmes offered by CfPIE.
Like the other certification tracks, this programme requires completion of three core courses and one elective.
The current core course list is as follows: 1 Effective Document Management for the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device Industries.
2 Writing Effective Standard Operating Procedures and other Process Documents.
3 Understanding Regulatory and Clinical Information Systems in Life Sciences during Product Development.
This particular programme was developed in response to popular demand, and to fill a glaring hole in industry - that there is no singular standard for how the life science industry implements document management systems.
Remaining compliant means keeping records secure and being able to access them on short notice, whether a system is paper based, fully electronic, or a hybrid.
With increasing globalisation, partnering, and outsourcing, the need for document controls has never been more critical.
To avoid the ills that come with noncompliance, companies are wise to understand that document management is a vital component of product success.
"Recognising that the ability to prepare a document is different from the ability to manage it from inception to archiving, CfPIE takes pride in offering this core discipline certification.
"We have identified this tremendous need throughout the life sciences, and have called upon several industry experts to develop the program," says Bill Beyer, director of marketing for CfPIE.
The certification tracks offer enough flexibility to make the training specific to individual needs.
Additionally, CfPIE does not charge anything extra for participation in the programme above the standard course fees.
As always, any programme can be offered as a customised, client-site "certification series."