(1999; 168 pages) [Spanish]
2.3 Educational background of trainees and trainers
This training is aimed at inspectors, preferably with some experience in the inspection of drugs. Guidance as to what level of experience is expected can be found in the "Guidelines for inspection of drug distribution channels" (3). Training covering counterfeit pharmaceuticals should be included in all basic training courses for inspection.
The trainer should be experienced, have full knowledge of general and official inspection methods, and should be able to conduct and design, when necessary, the training programme for the trainee. Other characteristics include:
- previous experience with detection and prosecution procedures;
- an appreciation of the inspector's role in the legal system for combating counterfeit products;
- an understanding of the difference between counterfeit and substandard pharmaceuticals;
- knowledge of the latest statistics on the prevalence of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the country, if possible;
- knowledge of relevant quality standards;
- thorough overall knowledge of the subjects to be taught.