Stability Testing and Evaluation (ICH Q1E) for Pharmaceuticals

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Course Overview


Stability testing and evaluation of pharmaceutical products are required to determine the changes in the quality of a drug substance over time. Regulators want to know the shelf-life of your product by examining how it behaves in various environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and light.


This training course examines all aspects of stability testing and evaluation of small molecules pharmaceuticals. Topics covered include protocol design Q1A, validation, forced degradation studies, stability evaluation ICH Q1E, reduced study designs, climatic zones ICH Q1 F and photostability studies ICH Q1B.


With the Educo Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP) you will have the framework to apply and implement the knowledge acquired in the training, supporting you in your development. Learn more about how we deliver online and classroom training.

What is Included in a Classroom Course?


  • Direct access to an expert trainer
  • Interactive and engaging sessions with exercises and discussions
  • Refreshments and lunch provided on each day
  • Reinforcement session delivered 4 to 5 week after the course (online) providing you with extra time with the trainer
  • A validated certificate of attendance available for you to download
  • Access to the Educo Life Sciences Training Portal before and after the course for additional learning materials

Key Learning Objectives


  • Understand the chemistry principles behind stability studies
  • Review the chemistry behind forced degradation studies.
  • Design a stability program compliant to ICH/FDA guidelines following ICH Q1A
  • Analyse and evaluate stability data and derive your product shelf life in accordance with ICH Q1E
  • Understand and adopt reduced study designs with an interactive case study
  • Review the principles of photostability studies
  • Improve efficiency through matrixing and bracketing
  • Comply with current GMP requirements to avoid inspection failure

What is Included in a Live Online Course?


  • Direct access to an expert trainer
  • Interactive and engaging sessions with exercises and discussions
  • Bitesize learning
  • Access to the Educo Life Sciences Training Portal
  • Unlimited access to the recordings for 4 to 5 weeks after the last session
  • Reinforcement session delivered 4 to 5 week after the course (online) providing you with extra time with the trainer
  • A validated certificate of attendance available for you to download

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Post Learning Implementation Plan (PLIP)


  • Access to the Educo Training Portal
  • Submit your needs analysis and objectives for training by completing a simple online form

Action Plan

  • At the end of the training you will create an action plan to help you implement and develop your new skills and knowledge
Day 1

9:00 – 16:00

Review of ICH Guideline Q1A and Protocol Design

  • Interpret the various ICH Guideline for stability testing
  • Understand requirements for storage conditions, testing timepoints and test methods required

Review of Other Relevant Regulatory Guidelines

  • Review the relevance of some other ICH Guidelines including:
    • Q2(R1) on validations of analytical methods
    • Q3A(R2) and Q3B(R2) on impurities in drug substances and drug products


Interactive Exercise 1 – Designing Protocols for Stability Studies

  • Put into practice the learnings from the previous topics
  • Learn how to ensure that protocols are designed for specific products and packaging systems

Principles of Degradation Chemistry

  • Learn how various environmental stresses can impact the chemistry of drug substance molecules
  • Understand that even for relatively simple molecules, degradation chemistry can become complex


Conducting Forced Degradation Studies

  • Apply the information derived from previous presentation to design suitable approaches for meaningful stress studies
  • Learn how stressed samples should be analyzed to get maximum information
Day 2

9:00 – 16:00

Reduced Study Designs

  • Learn the circumstances where reduced study designs may be applied
  • Understand the differences between bracketing and Matrixing
  • Review the pros and cons of using reduced study designs


Climatic Zones and Designing Studies for Zones III and IV

  • Understand the various climatic zones and their impact on design of stability studies
  • Review the history of ICH Guideline Q1F
  • Note current status of WHO Guideline


Interactive Exercise 2           – Create a Reduced Study Design

  • Apply learnings of previous presentation to use reduced study designs to achieve substantial savings for a complex stability study

Evaluation of Stability Data and ICH Guideline Q1E

  • Review the various approaches advocated in Q1E for reporting stability data
  • Learn how to apply statistical analysis to predict product shelf life


Photostability Studies

  • Learn some principles of photochemistry
  • Review the ICH Guideline Q1B


Interactive Exercise 3 – Interpretation of Stability Data

  • Critically review a stability summary report of real time and accelerated data
  • Identify results that are indicating something is wrong
  • Establish likely causes and create recommendations on how to deal with this product

Early Development Stability Studies

  • Using ICH Guideline Q1A(R2) as a baseline, learn how to adapt study conditions for early development stability studies
  • Learn the importance of placebo products and clinical comparators and how to set up stability studies for these products


Management of Stability Chambers

  • Learn the importance of security of stability chambers and how to ensure that they function correctly
  • Dealing with chamber breakdowns
  • Importance of security in management of stability studies


Interactive Exercise 4 – Dealing with Problems

  • This session will address some problems that arise with
    • Stability chambers
    • Aberrant results with stability samples

Geoff Carr PhD, Pharmaceutical Consultant provides training and consultancy services to pharmaceutical companies. Previously, he was appointed as Manager, Analytical Development at Patheon Inc, Canada in 2000 and progressed to Director, Analytical Development, Thermofisher Patheon until 2023. Prior to that, he held positions of Manager, Analytical Sciences at Celltech-Chiroscience, UK, Head of Analytical Development at Medgenix, Belgium and before that at Wyeth Research, UK.


Geoff originally started his career in pharmaceutical analysis at The British Pharmacopoeia Laboratory where he held several posts and was finally appointed Head of the Laboratory. His academic background is a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry awarded by University of London, UK. He has been a Member of various British Pharmacopoeia Committees, a UK representative to Committees of the European Pharmacopoeia and Member of USP Committees including a Member of the 2015-2020 Cycle USP General Chapters – Physical Methods Expert Committee.


He is the author of numerous papers, presentations at international conferences and workshops on various topics related to applications of analytical chemistry during the development of pharmaceutical products

This course is highly recommended for anyone working in small molecule pharmaceuticals, in the following departments, fields or positions:


  • Stability
  • Analytical Chemistry/Methods
  • Formulation Development
  • QA/QC
  • Manufacturing/Production
  • Method Validation
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • GMP Compliance
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Development/Chemistry
  • Outsourcing
  • R&D Analyst / Assistant
  • Stability Officer / Supervisor / Analyst/ Coordinator
  • Analytical Development Engineer
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