Quality Assurance Careers

Quality Assurance is a very important function in the pharmaceutical environment. It is the department with the responsibility to ensure that all the appropriate procedures have been followed and documented. The idea is to adhere to the quality standards set by the company as well as government agencies such as Health Canada and FDA.

Quality Assurance does its best to maintain the reliability at every stage of development process starting from research, clinical studies, manufacturing, laboratory testing, quality control, distribution and marketing. Quality Assurance Department will also assist in the strategic direction and development of Quality Systems, standard operating procedures and document control programs, to ensure adherence to the company policies and regulatory requirements. QA has the responsibility in development and implementation of Quality Systems related to good laboratory practice (GLP), good clinical practice (GCP) and good manufacture practice (GMP).

Functions of Quality Assurance

All the activities involved in the manufacturing process, in-process control and testing is approved by the QA dept. QA shall ensure that the finished product is correctly processed and checked in accordance with established procedures. Quality Assurance does its best to ensure that the drugs manufactured are safe and effective. Quality assurance systems monitors every step of the drug development.

Skill Set Needed of a Quality Assurance Professional

  • Sound knowledge of GMP requirements
  • Sound Knowledge of Quality Management System
  • Knowledge of over-all compliance, Internal and external quality auditing skills
  • Understanding of Production processes
  • Understanding of Facility System like Water system, HVAC system and etc
  • knowledge of analytical test methods / Pharmacopoeias
  • Validation Approach & Auditing Techniques
  • Understanding of Qualification of Equipment & Calibration

Quality Assurance is an multi fold activity, all these the industry want professionally qualified, competent, skilled managerial and entrepreneurial talent workforce to lead the industry.

Quality Assurance Professional Salary Range

Typically a starting salary for entry level/Junior QA associate is around $45k plus benefits.

If you are interested in pursuing quality assurance jobs specially in the pharma, biopharma, cosmetics, medical devices, food, and related industries do contact us at info@aaps.ca