Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines (APDM)

About the course

The Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines (APDM) 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 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 of related products from the Pharmaceutical industry. The fee for exhibiting is TBC. Stands are limited and sold on a first come first served basis. Early booking is highly recommended. Please contact Jasper Minton-Taylor for further details.


Who should attend?

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.


Day one

  • 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 and gloves and gloving

Day two

  • Documentation in aseptic units

  • Design and function of clean rooms

  • Air handling

  • Discussion groups:

    • Aseptic manipulation/preparation

    • Microbiological aspects of aseptic practice.

Day three

  • Practical considerations in the management of critical workstations

  • Cleaning a cleanroom

  • Hand preparation

  • Practical considerations in the management of critical work stations

  • Discussion groups:

    • Aseptic manipulation/preparation

    • Microbiological aspects of aseptic practice

Day four

  • Personnel management issues in the aseptic suite

  • Safe handling in aseptic preparation

  • Training requirements


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

Guest speakers:
Zoe Moorhouse, Chief Technician Quality Assurance, Royal Surrey County Hospital
Mark Oldcorne, Consultant QA Pharmacist, Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Tim Sizer, Director of NHS TSET Healthcare CPD    
Rufus Smith, Senior Pharmacist - Aseptic Services, Yeovil District Hospital
Malcolm Thomas, Consultant Engineer    
Paul Tunstell, Associate Chief Pharmacist - Technical Services, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Fee information

2022 Course fee: £665 (for budgetary purposes only)

Course fee includes:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • and the course dinner on Wednesday evening

The course fee does not include accommodation. Please see the accommodation tab for details of the accommodation package available to book.

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). 

Please email Jasper Minton-Taylor to request a manual registration form at

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Venue details

The venue for the 2023 course will be confirmed here shortly.



Accommodation package

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 £194 per delegate includes dinner, bed and breakfast en-suite accommodation for Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 July and bed and breakfast for Wednesday 13 July. Please note, accommodation is offered on a first come first served basis and all rooms are single for sole occupancy.

Additional options

Sunday 10 July - Accommodation

Bed and breakfast en-suite accommodation is available at an additional charge of £53 for Sunday evening. Check in is available between 3pm and 8pm. Unfortunately dinner is not available at Trinity University on Sunday evening.


What our delegates say

"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!"

Contact us

Jasper Minton-Taylor – Course Coordinator

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

T: +44 (0)113 343 5746


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