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Overview of workshop

Designing for co-operation plays a significant part in outsourcing. If you get it right, then most of the problems, for instance sponsor's satisfaction, take care of themselves. Planning the co-operation starts early in the CRO selection phase, hence it is good to know the most common pitfalls that may later cause problems and even risks to the business.

Outsourcing has become very common in pharma business, but if we look at the outcomes, they can be very different. Some companies have benefited enormously from utilising CROs, and for some companies it has been a very rocky road. In this workshop we will examine and explain these differences and how to minimise and manage the risks.

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Upon completion of this workshop, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the basis for successful outsourcing and partnerships
  • Build and maintain successful relationships with CROs
  • Understand the possible causes of conflicts and importance of trust and commitment
  • Understand when and how to exit from the relationship


About the workshop host

Anne-Maria Ylisaari, is Head of In-and-Outsourcing at Orion Pharma. Anne Maria, or Amy, as she prefers to be called, joined Orion Pharma R&D Clinical Department 1995. She started as a CRA, moving on soon to the marketing department where she worked a couple of years in different roles in marketing of analgesics, CNS drugs and cancer drugs. In beginning of 1998 she returned to clinical research to be a lead for international, fully outsourced phase III studies outsourced to global CROs. During the years managing the global CROs she got more interested in outsourcing and its many aspects, finally ending up working in the global In- and Outsourcing Unit at Orion Pharma Clinical R&D on 2003. At the same time she also joined the Pharmaceutical Contract Management Group (PCMG) and has been a member of the Committee from January 2008. These days she is leads the Global Clinical Alliances & Sourcing team at Orion Corporation Orion Pharma, and continues developing actively the general outsourcing processes. She also frequently gives presentations in international outsourcing conferences


About Orion Pharma

Orion is an innovative European R&D-based pharmaceuticals and diagnostics company with an emphasis on developing medicinal treatments and diagnostic tests for global markets. Orion develops, manufactures and markets human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, active pharmaceutical ingredients as well as diagnostic tests.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Welcome & Introductions

9:10 How to start: Aligning the requirements to the business

9:45 Defining the risks and designing the interface to handle conflicts

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 How to utilise the relationship in practice: "The skills understanding gap"

11:45 Managing the learning and adjustment over time

12:30 Discussion Session

13:00 Close of Workshop


Hilton London Kensington

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Hilton London Kensington

At the heart of the Holland Park district, our hotel is 10 minutes from Westfield London shopping center. We're blocks from Shepherd's Bush Underground station, linking to central London, and Kensington Palace and Gardens are two miles from us. Enjoy 24-hour access to our fitness center.

Join us in WestEleven for hearty buffet breakfast, a great way to start the day! Our Avenue Bar and Lounge serves light bites throughout the day as well as a delicious, seasonal dining menu.”


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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