(1999; 168 pages) [Spanish]
3.3 Educational background of trainees and trainers
Previous or formal training of trainees is not absolutely required for the examination of drugs, but former training would be advantageous. Preferably, trainees should meet the following criteria, according to country requirements:
- knowledge of and competence in selected laboratory techniques, such as using a weighing balance and carrying out volumetric measurements, and the ability to perceive differences in colours;
- reading and writing skills to facilitate adequate record-keeping;
- an understanding of the need and the willingness to work as a team and to share information.
The trainer should be experienced and have full knowledge of general and official analytical methods. Furthermore, he or she should be able to conduct and design, when necessary, the training programme. Other characteristics include:
- an appreciation of the role of chemical testing in the legal system for combating counterfeit products;
- an understanding of the difference between counterfeit and substandard drugs;
- knowledge of the latest statistics on the prevalence of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the country, if possible;
- knowledge of relevant quality standards;
- knowledge of characteristics of various dosage forms;
- thorough overall knowledge of the subjects to be taught.