17 February 2014
Two new tailor-made hands-on training sessions for OMCLs on the testing of counterfeit and illegal medicines took place on 5-6 December 2013 and 30-31 January 2014 at the premises of AGES in Vienna, Austria, and was co-organised by the Austrian OMCL and the EDQM.
In view of the high number of applicants the training was split into two separate sessions. The main topics of the training were preparation and analytical monitoring of suspected samples by GC/MS and UPLC/Q-TOF-MS. Twenty-four trainees followed the two courses which consisted each of a general introductory part, theoretical lectures and two practical parallel sessions in small groups where the following techniques were introduced:
• Isolation by preparative HPLC + GC/MS
• Isolation by TLC + UPLC/Q-TOF-MS
The training gave the participants the opportunity to follow the preparation and the testing of samples of falsified medicines in the laboratory and to exchange experience with peers about the sample preparation, test performance and interpretation of test results.
Further technical counterfeit training programmes for OMCLs with focus on other techniques and different analytical strategies are currently under preparation.
3-4 June 2014