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Recent reports in the media ( are suggesting that GMP auditors should have an equivalent professional qualification similar to that of a QP.  At Symbiosis, we asked our QA department what they think about this idea.  Murray McKay, QA director at Symbiosis with over 25 yrs experience said “This idea is not a new one.  I can see that a certain level of standardisation is a good idea.  We see a wide variation between auditors and it is a big issue in this industry.” McKay goes on to add that “while a qualification is a good idea – there is no substitute for experience”.  Lastly, in GMP licensed facilities is there even a need for auditing at all?  What do you think?  As always, we would be interested in hearing your opinion.  Please share your thoughts with us by sending an email to

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