Supplier Management

Supplier management (also known as “vendor management”) is a term encompassing a broad array of regulatory requirements and industry activities necessary to develop, manage and control active pharmaceutical ingredients, foods, pharmaceutical and biological products, cosmetics, veterinary products and medical devices. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and guidance documents help ensure that such products are consistently developed, produced, distributed and otherwise controlled to quality standards whenever suppliers are involved. Most regulatory agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) around the world embrace such guidelines and regulations as a core requirement of doing business in today’s global marketplace.

This course provides a basic understanding of current supplier management practices and their impact on product quality and patient safety. It covers a wide range of issues, including why regulations and guidance documents targeting supplier oversight are increasing in rigor, how companies ensure compliance, basic roles and responsibilities of regulatory and quality professionals, and the most common regulatory issues stemming from poor supplier performance and weak supplier management. This course will help you understand the key risks associated with suppliers and how best to help your organization as a regulatory professional.




  • At A Glance
  • Learning Objectives
  • Lesson Titles
  • Registration Options

At A Glance

  • Target Audience: This course is for regulatory professionals interested in basic supplier management, qualification and oversight activities.
  • Learning Level: Basic
  • Total Length of Course: 3–6 Hours
  • RAC Credits: 3
  • Formats: PC and Tablet (iPad and Android)
  • Cost: Member $335; Nonmember $470
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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define terms and understand concepts of supplier management
  • Describe the different regulatory issues arising from supplier management
  • Identify the elements of supplier management
  • Outline how to qualify and manage a supplier
  • Explain the roles of regulatory, quality, and other functional business activities

Lesson Titles

  • Lesson 1: Supplier Management–– Key Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Regulatory Issues Associated with Suppliers
  • Lesson 3: Elements of Supplier Management
  • Lesson 4: Basic Roles and Responsibilities

Registration Options

This course is available for purchase as follows: