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Get to know the FDA Self-Paced Online Training Course

Online Short Course by  The Learning Reservoir
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This Get to know the FDA Online Training Course course will  cover topics that will help you understand the role of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

The FDA’s primary focus is enforcement of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C), but the agency also enforces other laws.

In addition to learning about the different enforcement actions the FDA can use the learner will gain knowledge of the 483 observations for FY2021. This provides an unique insight to learn about enforcement in practice. 

Who should take this course?

  • QA personnel responsible for the design and implementation of Quality. Management Systems to comply with FDA QSR requirements.
  • QA personnel with responsibility for Quality Audit programmes.
  • Manufacturing & Process Engineers responsible for FDA Quality System Regulation (QSR) compliance.
  • All personnel who interact with the FDA in their organisation.
  • Personnel at all levels involved in FDA inspections.


On completion of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Gain an understanding of the FDA’s history.

2. Learn the key events that led to the setting up of the FDA.

3. Gain an understanding of the Federal Food, Drug , and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

4. Gain an understanding of the different types of enforcement acts the FDA can implement when cGMPs are violated.

5. Gain an insight into form 483s 21 CFR 820 observations that were made in FY2021.


Dr. Fiona Masterson

Fiona is the founder of The Learning Reservoir. She has 25+ years of parallel paths in quality management, operations management and education. She has broad technical expertise encompassing quality systems compliance, quality standards implementation, regulatory affairs and operations management. She has worked in start-ups and high‐tech, fast paced manufacturing environments. She lectures part-time in technical universities on subjects related to her industrial expertise.

Fiona has Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees, and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. Her Doctorate focused on innovative drug/device combinations products. Fiona is a certified lead auditor. Fiona has published in peer reviewed journals on topics such as medical device and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, on-the job training and innovative training technologies and strategies.
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The Learning Reservoir Ltd. helps manufacturing companies build knowledgeable, compliant work forces by providing training on topics ranging from manufacturing practices to regulatory compliance.

We work with subject matter experts to create flexible training for your training needs. Our headquarters are in Galway, Ireland.
Our areas of expertise include:

Manufacturing start-ups
Manufacturing greenfield sites
Manufacturing brownfield sites
Combination products manufacturers
Established manufacturing companies
Upskilling professionals who wish to work in regulated industries
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