Manufacturing Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) - elearning for healthcare
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About the Manufacturing Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) programme

Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products, or ATMPs, are innovative new therapies which use genes, cells or tissues to prevent, diagnose or treat disease and injury. These medicines often involve complex manufacturing processes, which must be carried out in line with the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), following carefully controlled procedures to ensure that the safety and quality of the medicinal products are maintained.

This programme will help learners to gain an initial introduction to manufacturing ATMPs. It will provide the learner with an overview of the general process flow involved in ATMP production, emphasise the importance of raw materials, and demonstrate how potential risks are controlled. A video series is also provided to explain the process steps involved in the production of viral vectors, which are used as a key component of many gene therapies.

Overarching programme learning objectives
• Understand the general process flow involved in the production of ATMPs
• Appreciate the importance of raw materials in ATMP production
• Demonstrate how potential risks are controlled during ATMP production in a GMP environment
• Explain the process steps involved in the production of viral vectors

Production of ATMPs
This module introduces the steps and processes required for producing ATMPs from the GMP manufacturer’s perspective.

It will cover the set up required prior to manufacturing ATMPs, the procurement of starting material and raw materials, and ATMP batch production requirements, including processing, monitoring, packaging and labelling, and ATMP batch release.

Learning objectives
By the end of this module, you should be able to demonstrate:
• Understanding of the general process flow of ATMP production.
• Awareness of the controls used at each stage of production: validation, documentation, training and testing.


Raw materials in ATMPs
This module defines what raw materials (RM) are and explores how critical they are to the production of ATMPs.

You will also learn how the associated risks are controlled via processes conducted according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and regulatory requirements.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this module, you should be able to explain:
• How RM are defined and why they are important in ATMP production.
• The application of a risk-based approach when introducing new RM to ATMP production, and the use of raw materials risk assessment (RMRA).
• Common terminology relating to RM in ATMPs.


Video series: production of viral vectors
This module comprises a series of videos detailing process steps involved in the production of viral vectors.

Learning objectives:
After watching this video series, you should be able to describe the key process steps involved in viral vector production.

Video 1: Seed train
Video 2: Bioreactor seeding and transfection of cells
Video 3: Harvest and clarification
Video 4 Purification (Part 1): Chromatography
Video 4 Purification (Part 2): Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF)
Video 5: Sterile filtration and final fill & finish

More information

We would value your feedback relating to any of the modules in this programme. Please complete the short feedback survey linked at the end of each module.

Primary and secondary audiences

This programme is intended for anyone wishing to gain an introduction to manufacturing ATMPs. This may include cell or molecular therapy scientists and support staff, quality control teams, quality assurance personnel, education and training leads, scientific researchers, clinical trial specialists, pharmacy professionals, and other healthcare colleagues.

Meet the team

  • Dr Suhair Salman

    Dr Suhair Salman

    Scientist Training Lead – Gene Therapy, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Dr Ceri Roberts

    Dr Ceri Roberts

    Scientific Training Manager – Cellular and Molecular Therapies, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Rebekka Campbell

    Rebekka Campbell

    Programme Manager, NHSE elearning for healthcare
  • Jen Plested

    Jen Plested

    External Project Manager, NHSE elearning for healthcare

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