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Recommended Standards of Education and Training for Health Professionals Participating in Medicines Development


The development of new medicines is a critical part of health innovation. Following the exponential advancement in the basic biomedical sciences and clinical medicine observed in the last 50 years, drug (medicines) development has become a complex set of disciplines with distinct scientific methodology and established needs for education.

The key disciplines in medicines development include clinical research, bioethics, drug safety, regulatory sciences, health economics and medical affairs. However, there is currently not a holistic approach and thus the education programmes available provide only partial knowledge of the entire process.

CIOMS is well positioned as a unique global and scientific organization to develop a multi-stakeholder consensus report related to harmonization guidelines for education and training in medicines development. The CIOMS guideline would serve as a worldwide reference for postgraduate programmes as well as for the competency-based knowledge needed for professionals working in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies involved in product development and marketing.

Full concept note


The main objective of this working group would be to discuss and develop a consensus report giving recommendations on the principles of competency-based knowledge needed for healthcare professionals working in medicines development.

In order to support this, the CIOMS WG would propose standard guidelines promoting harmonization across all stakeholders working in and providing education in medicines development.


  •      1st meeting held on 26-27 April 2021 (virtual meeting)
  •     2nd meeting held on 29 March 2022 (virtual meeting)

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