Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines (APDM)

What will I learn?
This course is designed to:

  • meet the needs of pharmacy staff (pharmacists and experienced senior technicians) who are engaged in the aseptic processing of medicines
  • cover the principles and practice of asepsis
  • provide an update on knowledge of standards, practices and quality assurance arrangements relating to the aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines.

How will I benefit?
Experienced and knowledgeable experts will present engaging and informative material, which will be beneficial to you whether you’re starting out in the aseptic field or wanting to compare, up-date or improve your current knowledge and practices.

As in previous years, there will be an exhibition on days two and three (9th and 10th July) of related products from the Pharmaceutical industry. The fee for exhibiting is £595. Stands are limited and sold on a first come first served basis. Early booking is highly recommended. Stands can be booked online via the EXHIBITION BOOKING link (coming soon)  (Exhibitor terms and conditions available here). By booking a stand you are agreeing to the terms and conditions as stated.


Day 1

  • Overview of aseptic services now
  • What can go wrong?
  • Discussion groups
  • How to prevent things going wrong
  • Gowning workshop
  • Practical aspects of clean room gowning.

Day 2

  • Documentation
  • Design and function of clean rooms
  • Air handling
  • Discussion groups:
    • Aseptic manipulation/filtration and aseptic preparation
    • Microbiological aspects of aseptic practice.

Day 3

  • Cleaning a clean room
  • Hand preparation
  • Gloves and gloving – properties and selection
  • Practical considerations in the management of critical work stations
  • Discussion groups:
    • Aseptic manipulation/filtration and aseptic preparation
    • Microbiological aspects of aseptic practice.

Day 4

  • Personnel management issues in the aseptic suite
  • Safe handling in aseptic preparation
  • Training requirements.

This course is designed to extend the knowledge if you’re an experienced junior technician, senior technician, pharmacist or non-senior QA/QC personnel working in either licensed or unlicensed aseptic units.

"A ‘must’ for anyone at any level, that works in aseptic either additives units or manufacturing. Great for networking”

“Beneficial to all those in the aseptic field whether starting out or wanting to compare up-date, or improve their current knowledge and or practices”

"Fantastic overview of aseptic preparation!"

Course Director: Chris Watts, Principal Aseptics Services Technician, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Confirmed speakers can be viewed on the full programme available to download now via the COURSE PROGRAMME button above.

This course has been jointly organised by the NHS, Technical Specialist Education and Training (TSET) and the University of Leeds. This course is equivalent to 23 hours’ continuing professional development (CPD).

Course fee: £TBC

Course fees includes:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments

Course fees do not include course dinner for non-resident delegates.

How to Book
Early registration is highly recommended for the APDM course. Delegates can book their place via our secure online store (to pay by debit or credit card) or by completing a manual registration form (to pay via invoice). 

Registration is now open. Please email Harriet Wills to request a manual registration form at 

The course will be held at Leeds Trinity University. 

Leeds Trinity University
Brownberrie Lane 
LS18 5HD 

Accommodation package

Basic en-suite accommodation is available at Leeds Trinity University student Halls of Residence and the University has negotiated a special rate accommodation package for APDM delegates. The on-site accommodation package of £TBC per delegate includes dinner, bed and breakfast en-suite accommodation for Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 July. Please note, accommodation is offered on a first come first served basis and all rooms are single for sole occupancy.

Additional options

Sunday 5 July - Accommodation

Bed and breakfast en-suite accommodation is available at an additional charge of £TBC for Sunday evening. Check in is available between 3pm and 8pm and dinner is not available on Sunday evening.

Wednesday 8 July - Course dinner

Non-resident delegates are able to attend the course dinner on Wednesday 8 July. An additional charge of £TBC will apply.

Jenna King
Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Leeds,

T: +44 (0)113 343 5746