Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing

About the course

The Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing course has been developed by NHS TSET (the Technical Specialist Education and Training group) and is facilitated by the University of Leeds.

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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 the 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

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of relevant HTM 02 and Permit to Work relating to medical gases

  • demonstrate a knowledge of health and safety relating to medical gases

  • demonstrate a knowledge of medical gases production and properties, and the application of GMP to medical gas production

  • demonstrate a knowledge of uses and clinical risks associated with medical gases

  • make critical assessment on health and safety issues such as OES, MEL and STEL

  • identify and resolve problems associated with medical gas systems

  • interpret test results of medical gas systems and take appropriate actions

  • identify and resolve any problems associated with testing equipment document relevant activities and interventions

A short written assessment is undertaken at the end of the course. There will also be a work based practice report to be completed.


Reassessment course
There will be a two day refresher and reassessment course taking place in November 2022 which is specifically designed for those who require the formal assessment of competency under HTM 02-01.

Who should attend?

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).

Reassessment course
There will be a two day refresher and reassessment course taking place in November 2021 which is specifically designed for those who require the formal assessment of competency under HTM 02-01.


Day one

  • Introduction to medical gases and their uses

  • Introduction to HTM 02-01 (2006)

  • Key principles and its application in practice

  • Key MGPS features; oxygen VIE and PCC; medical and surgical air plant; vacuum and AGSS plant, manifolds

  • MGPS features continued; valves, LVAs and AVSUs; central and local alarms; pendants and beams, terminal units and NISTs

  • On-site practical sessions; VIE; Medical air compressor; Manifolds

  • Manufacture of medical gases and the role of the QP

Day two

  • The basic tool kit

  • Aspects of MGPS engineering (part 1):

  • Aspects of MGPS engineering (part 2):

  • Tests that the AP carries out or witnesses. Examples of where tests or observations/PPM have identified problems

  • Gas safety in relation to MGPS

  • Role of QC MGPS in relation to HTM 02-01

  • Installation requirements of the distribution pipeline, monitoring systems and terminal unit provision

  • Workshop sessions; terminal units function, identity and operational problems; AVSUs, LVA’s and alarms operation and faults; Demonstration of pipe jointing

Day three

  • Introduction to ‘permit to work’ system and B forms

  • Workshop ‘permit to work’ system

  • Introduction to pharmaceutical testing of gases

  • How medical gases are tested and how instrumentation does its job

  • Workshop sessions; Oxygen, identity and purity methods; Nitrous oxide / Entonox, identity and purity methods; Medical, surgical and dental air, identity and purity methods including moisture, particulates and oil; cylinder management, ID and storage, connections (including surgical CO2, Heliox and specialist gases – uses and ID)

Day four

  • Moisture in medical gas systems

  • Instrument calibration

  • Calibration gases

  • Calibration of Instruments – demonstration/workshop

  • Common problems that occur with equipment

  • Problem solving workshops; testing manifold; testing a compressor; pendant testing; mock-up bedhead tests; terminal unit identity

Day five

  • Oxygen conservation

  • Novice QC (MGPS) – pressures of the job

  • MGPS line pressure; why is it useful for the QC to know, examples of problems identified

  • Written assessment


Course director:
Theresa Hughes - QC (MGPS), MGTS Limited

Keith Butler, Alpha Moisture Systems
Alistair Ellis-Jones, QC (MGPS) North East Wales NHS Trust
Adrian Fairbrother, QC (MGPS)
Philip Harman, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Jones, QC (MGPS) and Consultant (Medical Gases), MGTS Limited
Richard Maycock, Medical Engineering Systems Limited
Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD
Richard Skidmore, Head of Quality, Barts Health NHS Trust
Richard Sutherland, QC (MGPS), MGTS Limited

Fee information

Delegates are advised to book early in case any covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the course result in reduced venue/room capacities and attendee numbers. We will be accepting bookings on a first come first served basis and if we do need to reduce numbers by cancelling bookings delegates will be informed at least four weeks prior to the course and a full refund will be issued.

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Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • electronic course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments


Venue details

The course will be held at Midland Medical Services Ltd, Unit 8, Cleton Street Business Park, Cleton Street, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 7TR. Directions to the venue will be included within the delegate joining instructions.

Please note, delegates are responsible for making their own way to the course venue each day and for booking their own accommodation if required. See the accommodation tab to request a list of nearby hotels.


We can provide a list of hotels close to the course venue for delegates to book their own accommodation. We do recommend purchasing a fully flexible rate that permits late cancellation in case of a covid emergency. We are also recommending our delegates to book their accommodation as soon as possible to ensure the nearby hotels can provide accommodation for the nights required.

Please email Harriet Wills for the local hotel details.


What our delegates say

"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"

Contact us

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

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


Please note, the CPD team are currently working remotely due to covid-19 and therefore unable to be contacted by phone. If you have any queries please send us an email to the above email address – Many thanks.

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