Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing (five day course)

What will I learn?
This is a five-day CPD course which will be delivered with presentations, group discussions and practical sessions illustrating the principles of pharmaceutical medical gas testing. There will be an assessment at the end of this course.

How will I benefit?
You’ll benefit from:

  • practical testing with a range of different equipment
  • being able to troubleshoot and assess defective systems
  • experienced tutors offering active assistance
  • positive team building activities.

There is an assessment at the end of the course composing of a short written test and some observed practice. Assessment feedback will be provided.


Day 1

  • Medical gases and their uses
  • Walk-through of key MGPS features on site
  • MGPS plant overview
  • Manufacture of medical gases and the role of the QP
  • Introduction to HTM 02-01 (2006)
  • On-site practical:
    • QC MGPS issues relating to a VIE installation
    • QC MGPS issues relating to compressed  air supplies
    • QC MGPS issues relating to manifolds.

Day 2

  • Gas safety in relation to MGPS
  • Aspects of MGPS engineering
  • On-site practical:
    • Demonstration of AP tests
    • Demonstration of pipe jointing
  • The role of QC MGPS
  • Engineering tests – relevance for QC (MGPS)
  • Workshop sessions:
    • Terminal units
    • AVSUs, LVA’s and Alarms
    • Cylinder Management

Day 3

  • Moisture in medical gas systems
  • The ‘permit to work’ system
  • Workshop: ‘permit to work’ system
  • Pharmaceutical testing of gases
  • Workshop Sessions:
    • OXYGEN identity and purity methods
    • NITROUS OXIDE/ENTONOX identity and purity methods
    • MEDICAL, SURGICAL and DENTAL AIR identity and purity methods
    • HELIOX and Surgical Carbon Dioxide identity and purity methods

Day 4

  • Calibration gases
  • Calibration of instruments - demonstration
  • The Basic Tool Kit
  • Common problems that occur with equipment
  • Measurements of particulates (practical)
  • Workshop: problem solving (testing manifold, compressor, pendant, bedhead tests and terminal unit identity)

Day 5

  • Oxygen conservation
  • Dealing with pressure – new MG testers
  • Incident pit – ‘what can go wrong with medical gases’
  • Assessment - written test and observed practice
  • Medical gases – a prescriber's view and future trends.

This course will be suitable for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with experience and responsibilities for, or an interest in, medical gas testing. It is essential for those who wish to register as QC (MGPS) under the HTM 02-01.

Please note, if you are enquiring/registering specifically to follow through to registration as a medical gas tester you will also need to satisfy the criteria laid out in the HTM i.e. be a graduate who is eligible for membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) or the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

"Great course, very informative with a good mix of presentations and practicals"

“Very comprehensive course and speakers were very knowledgeable"

"Opportunity to learn from other’s practice invaluable and received excellent advice on specific concerns"

Course director:
Theresa Hughes QC (MGPS) & QA Specialist, NHS Reading

Please download the course programme to view a full list of speakers. 

The Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing course has been jointly organised by:

  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester
  • NHS
  • Technical Specialist Education and Training (TSET).

£TBC (2018 course fees to be agreed). 

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments
  • course dinner on Monday evening

The course will be held at Midland Medical Services Ltd, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, B65 9BY on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Day five (Friday) will take place at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley, DY5 1UR, a short distance away. Full directions to the venues will be included within the delegate joining instructions.

Bed and breakfast accommodation can be booked on behalf of delegates at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley, DY5 1UR if required. All rooms are double for sole occupancy and have en-suite facilities.

Please note, Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley is approximately 5 miles from Midland Medical Services and delegates are responsible for making their own way to the course venue Monday – Thursday.

We have negotiated the following bed and breakfast rates:

  • Sunday 4 February £TBC per night
  • Monday 5 – Thursday 8 February £TBC per night
Jenna Kellett + 44 (0)113 343 2494

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