Conference 2021

PIPA Conference 2021 – 29th & 30th September

Booking for this year’s PIPA Conference is now open.

Although this will be a virtual event again, we are returning to our traditional 2-day format with joint pharmacovigilance and medical information plenary sessions followed by PV & MI presentations and workshops running in parallel. There will also be dedicated sessions on the ABPI / PAGB Codes and for managers.


1 day: £300 + VAT (£350 + VAT from 12th July 2021)

2 days: £550 + VAT (£650 + VAT from 12th July 2021)


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PIPA Conference 2021 Programme

Wednesday 29th September


09:30 Welcome Tom Nichols, PIPA President
09:45 The Art of Brilliance Dr Andy Cope
This session is absolutely not about challenging you to up your game or work harder, it’s about nudging you to remember who you are at your best. That’s not only good for you. It creates positive ripples that impact on your family, your team and your customers. In a world now dominated by online meetings, THE ART OF BEING BRILLIANT is about unmuting yourself in real life.
10:45 Comfort Break
11:00 Maternal Health  –  Dr Dave Lewis, Novartis; Belen Granell Villen, ABPI; Amalia Alexe, Novartis
This session will cover three aspects of maternal health: Belen will discuss the ABPI’s Maternal Health Project Group (MHPG) which was set up to address the issue of a deficit of licensed medicines and treatments designed and researched for use in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Dave will talk about the IMI ConcePTION project which aims to generate and disseminate reliable evidence-based information regarding effects of medications used during pregnancy and breastfeeding to women and their healthcare providers. Finally, Amalia will be discussing the research she has undertaken to analyse, from a patient’s perspective, existing pregnancy exposure safety data to assess the availability of current, credible and comprehensive evidence to inform decisions on benefit-risk.
12:15  PIPA AGM 2021
12:45 Lunch

Track 1: Break Out Sessions

14:00 A. Workshop: Client Vendor Relationships & SDEA Agreements

B. Workshop: ABPI & PAGB Code of Practice – Laura Kelly, PAGB & Dan Sherry, RedefineCompliance
15:30 Comfort Break
15:45 Break out sessions continued
17:00  Close

TRACK 2: Managers’ Workstream

14:00 Agile Workshop for Life Science Professionals  – Will Sillar, Insight Partner; Rachelle Furnell, Agile SME; Michael Tedeschi, Agile and Life Science SME; Olivia Morris-Barry, Lead Facilitator
Say goodbye to siloed working, process for process sake, and old-style big bang delivery. In this session we will welcome you to an Agile team, the frameworks and the modern implications of Agile in the life science industry. You will receive a demonstration of how Agile teams work and practical experience of a scrum master. You will walk away with insight on how to move towards an Agile working environment in your team.
17:00  Close

Thursday 30th September


09:00 Ageing – Dr James Brown, Director of Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)
10:00 An Introduction to Human Factors in the context of MI and PV – Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
11:00  Comfort Break

TRACK 1: Medical Information

11:15 Chatbot and Conversational AI Case Studies – ConversationHealth
12:15 Global MI – one size doesn’t fit all – Sarah Hall, Mipsol Ltd
12:15 Lunch

TRACK 2: Pharmacovigilance

11:15 Medical Device Regulations– Rob Higgins, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, MHRA
In this session, the MHRA will present on the UK device requirements including key considerations manufacturers should be aware of, what inspectors look for during inspections, the common findings seen and any oversights that have been noted. Also, they will highlight how the UK requirements differ from the EU MDR and IVDR.
12:15 MHRA Audits and Inspections – what are they looking for?
12:15 Lunch

Break Out Sessions

14:00 A. Workshop: Signal Detection

B. Workshop: Pharma and the NHS – the relationship that needs to take the next step? – Harpreet Sandhu, Grunenthal
With guest speakers from the NHS and Pharma, this workshop will explore the extra step the pharmaceutical industry can take to ensure timely provision of essential information – and potentially training – to healthcare professionals to facilitate the best patient experience.
15:30 Comfort Break
15:45 Break out sessions continued
17:00 Conference Close