Archive for March 2016

Banned Food Dyes: A Guide for Students Pursuing Their Food Safety Diploma

Food colouring regulation has been one of the most controversial areas of food quality control for a long time. This is because over the years, some food dyes that were previously thought to be safe were eventually found to have harmful effects. As new studies and information have emerged, food industry professionals have quickly adapted to new regulations in order to continue to meet safety standards. That’s why some dyes that were once the norm are now strictly limited or banned altogether. And if you’re planning to pursue a food safety career, staying on top of new regulations will become.. READ MORE »

Student Success Story!

We hope you enjoyed your Easter long weekend. Now its time to celebrate an AAPS Student Success Story! We are thrilled to hear that our very own alumni has recently landed her dream job. In a message to AAPS instructors wrote: “I believe being able to obtain a QA/QC Post Graduate Diploma was critical in the success of my career.” My invaluable experience at AAPS has been both eye opening, and greatly instructive. Graduating with a Master’s Degree from India, I felt unprepared to enter the workforce and had no idea where to start. The program itself was informative and the.. READ MORE »

5 Things You Should Know About the FDA if You’re Taking Regulatory Affairs Courses

Many pharmaceutical products developed and manufactured in Canada are exported to the United States. As a result, while Canadian regulatory affairs professionals answer primarily to Health Canada, they must also pay special attention to the department’s U.S. equivalent, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA officially came into being in 1906, after the Food and Drug Act was signed into law, with the aim of overseeing products and ensuring a high standard of “strength, quality and purity.” Over the years, the department’s powers have expanded significantly, and today the FDA regulates everything from food and drug products to potentially.. READ MORE »

Happy Spring

This spring is spreading its charm and every tree is working up to its splendor. The days of new hope and beginning are here. Wishing you a very happy spring and a lovely year ahead. From all of us at AAPS

Meat Safety 101: What You’ll Learn in Your Food Handling Course

Knowing how to safely handle, store, and prepare foods is an important part of working in the food industry. By implementing proper safety procedures, you’ll be able to keep foods safe and prevent the spread of potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, prions, and other pathogens. These harmful pathogens can sometimes enter the food supply when proper safety procedures aren’t closely followed. While they can appear in everything from fresh leafy greens to fresh fruits, they are more likely to grow in foods that are rich in protein and moisture like dairy, eggs, and meats. Fortunately, you’ll quickly learn how to keep.. READ MORE »

The Race to a Vaccine: What Pros with Clinical Research Careers are Doing to Beat Zika

The World Health Organization officially declared the current Zika virus outbreak as a global health emergency last month. Zika, which is transmitted through mosquitoes, was previously thought to only cause mild symptoms in sufferers, and was mainly confined to Africa and some parts of South East Asia. However, with the disease spreading rapidly throughout the Americas, and recent unconfirmed links to fetal abnormalities, the race is on to find a cure. Clinical trials of potential vaccines are now being planned by Indian company Bharat Biotech and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease in the United States. Read on.. READ MORE »

Where Does GMP Training Come From? A Brief History of Pharmaceutical Regulation

Today, many of us take for granted that when we use a medication, we are certain that all of the contents inside the package are written out on its label. We know that our pharmaceuticals are safe and that they have been properly manufactured, tested, and labelled by dedicated professionals with GMP training. But what was life like before there were good manufacturing practises? Before strict regulations were in place and trained professionals knew how to properly test products for consistency and safety? Read on to learn what Canada’s pharmaceutical industry was like before regulation, and find out how important.. READ MORE »