GMP-Auditor Forum

25/26 June 2024 | Barcelona, Spain

Release of ECA´s new GMP-Auditor Handbook


In this new format, GMP-Auditors can discuss current topics and exchange opinions and experiences with other auditors in moderated session. The presentations will address specific topics deemed important for GMP-Auditors.

A team of experts have developed a new ECA Good Practice Guide “GMP Auditors Reference Handbook”. The guide considers feedback from GMP inspectors, the pharmaceutical industry and suppliers as well as practical experiences from real project cases. Experts working on this guide will be present so participants will have the opportunity to discuss current challenges around GMP Auditing.

All members of the Association will have the possibility to download the current version of the guide free of charge.


Manufacturers are obliged to carry out GMP audits at their suppliers' and contract manufacturers' premises or have them carried out by suitably qualified and trained external auditors. Authorities emphasise the need for on-site audits. However, hybrid versions and complete distant assessments also play an important role in the supplier qualification toolbox.

Auditors play a very important role in the pharmaceutical industry and in the life cycle of pharmaceutical products. Their training and experience, and thus also a mutual exchange, is immensely important here.

What makes a good auditor?

An auditor must certainly have extensive specialist knowledge. This means knowledge of the GMP regulations and their implementation. But an auditor must also have the necessary technical and practical expertise to sufficiently understand and question the audited processes.

To do this, an auditor must be unbiased and independent, know appropriate questioning techniques and be able to apply them. It also requires patience, the ability to listen, persistence and determination. Unfamiliar and new situations must not become a problem.

The ECA Certified GMP Auditor certification programme consists of three modules that provide GMP auditors with specialised knowledge and soft skills, including conflict resolution. And auditors gain experience in their daily professional practice. This new GMP Auditor Forum format aims to present and discuss current topics and promote mutual exchange of opinions and experiences.

Target Audience

This course is designed for both new and experienced GMP auditors who want to network and broaden their overall knowledge.


Afshin Hosseiny
Chairman of ECA





Click on the picture to download the complete programme as a PDF.