The Pharmacy Working Group, Chaired by Anne Black, Regional QA Specialist Pharmacist, North East and North Cumbria, held its annual face to face meeting in early March. The meeting included presentations from Dave Caulfield, Assistant Director of Pharmacy – QA, Newcastle Hospitals, on lessons learned from clinical trials in ATMPs, and Jackie Chappell from Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on lessons learned from marketed CAR-T implementation. There was also some excellent interactive workshop sessions with groups discussing clinical trials, operational clinical pharmacy, and regulatory and governance objectives for pharmacy work around ATMPs moving forward.

Terms of reference for the Pharmacy Working Group are available below and pharmacists who are interested in contributing to the group can contact

Pharmacy Working Group Terms of Reference

A meeting was also held at Great Ormond Street Hospital in early March with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacy QPs, including Anne Black and Dave Caulfield, to discuss the impact of ATMPs on QPs. The agenda focussed on education, training and assessment for QPs, and future strategy around QPs in relation to ATMPs. The meeting generated some excellent discussion and planning which will continue with a further meeting scheduled in May.

The RPS’ 16th Joint QP Symposium is being held on 16th May in London. Further information and registration details can be found here: