The ASQ’s CPGP certification is a very broad body of knowledge that covers regulatory agencies, to facilities and utilities, to testing, to release. In short, about every aspect of a GMP facility.
I am maybe the only person I know in the field who has this certification. I don’t know the details, but uptake does not seem as high as other certifications I am aware of. Yesterday at lunch I ended up discussing this with a few colleagues. We discussed a few options:
- The certification is not well known. Most of my colleagues were not aware of it.
- Many pharmaceutical GMP professionals are more directed at the PDA and ISPE. The ASQ is well known, but perhaps not as important when considering options.
- This certification is a generalist. There was a general opinion that many quality professionals tend to be specialized and might not feel comfortable stretching their wings.
Is there value in this BoK? Definitely. I found this certification much harder than the CMQ/OE, and as a result, I’m prouder of having it. The major question is how can we make this more valuable to the field. This is certainly a question I’ll be asking next week in Seattle.
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