Quality Assurance Chemist

QA Pharma

Pharma QAQuality Chemist

Chemist Quality Management

QA Chemist

QA Executive Pharma

Officer QATeam Member Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance Scientist

QA Lab Chemist

Minimum B. Pharma/B. Science Or M.Pharma/M.Sc. (preferably Chemistry)Certified training for Quality Assurance Chemist (programme aligned to LFS/Q 0301 released by Life Sciences Sector Skill Development Council)

Preferably 2 years in production/quality control in case of B. Pharma/B.ScIn case of M.Pharma/M.Sc. no prior experience is required

The tasks a Quality Assurance Chemist is expected to perform include: Conducting pre, post and in-process quality checks to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and procedures

Conducting self-inspections and qualification activities during installation of new equipment and other analytical instruments

Monitoring documents and data control for processes, validation and qualification activities of machines

Checking and verifying material, quality management systems and manufacturing facility

Monitoring and reviewing batch manufacturing, packing documents, analytical records, good manufacturing practices, etc.Managing activities such as audits, regulatory agency inspections or product recalls

Identifying and developing appropriate quality monitoring arrangements and maintaining standard operating procedures

Maintaining a healthy, safe and secure working environment

Co-ordinating with the Supervisor and other team members

Knowledge of the composition/requirements of the products manufactured and packaging specifications for different products

In-depth understanding and knowledge of regulatory requirements, good manufacturing practices, acceptance criteria and standard operating procedures

Expertise in qualification and validation procedures

Detailed knowledge of regulatory audits1 year of training for entry level Chemist is mandatory GXP (GLP, GDP, GMP)Knowledge of pharmaceutical industry, government rules and regulations and standards of manufacturing

Basic knowledge of formulation and APIBasic understanding of the fundamental science of API production

In-depth knowledge of various QMS for pharma manufacturing

Basic knowledge of various documentation as per GMP and QMS guidelines Ability to analyse data, pharmaceutical analytics and process safety analysis

Knowledge of safety and how to handle an emergency/hazard

Knowledge of job safety analysis for various production machines and equipment

Knowledge of how to conduct audits and audit reporting

Knowledge of chemical substances, their characteristics and required precaution and safety measures

Knowledge of analytical equipment like HPLC, UV, GC, IR, NMR, etc.

Attention to detail

Communication skills

Problem solving skills

Decision-making skills

Planning and organizing skills

Analytical and critical thinking skills


Reflective thinking

Customer Centricity

It is not only a desk job

Need not handle a team

Travelling is required Part-time work is available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Work is minimum 8 hours everyday for 6 days a week

Some jobs involve working in shifts including night shifts

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards include injury through sharp objects, burns, chemical leakage, electricity, etc. Health risks inhaling and constant exposure to chemicals, gases, etc.

For freshers -INR5,000 toINR8,000 per month

For candidates with upto 2 yearsexperience -INR8,000 toINR12,000 per month

For candidates with over 2 yearsexperience ?INR12,000 toINR25,000 or above per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Life Sciences Sector

India?s Pharmaceutical Industry

India's drugs and pharmaceuticals industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14 per cent to reach a turnover of 2.91 trillion (US$ 47.06 billion) by 2018.

The domestic drugs industry, which is valued at 1.6 trillion (US$ 25.87 billion) at present, according to Care Ratings, is also expected to grow in the local market with aggressive rural penetration by drug makers, increased government spending on health, and growing health awareness among people.

India exports pharmaceutical products to more than 200 countries. Pharmaceutical exports are expected to cross the 1 trillion (US$ 16.17 billion) mark this year. "The growth would be around 15 per cent and is driven by formulation exports," said Dr PV Appaji, Director-General, Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil). During 2013-14, pharma exports stood at?90,000 crore (US$ 14.55 billion). Out of this, the share of formulations was 71 per cent.

India currently exports drug intermediates, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), Finished Dosage Formulations (FDFs), bio-pharmaceuticals, and clinical services across the globe.

Apart from medicine, the life science sector also branches out into various other sub-sectors viz. bio-pharma, research, etc. There are numerous companies and organizations which have devoted their time and resource to bio-pharma. Research is another area where a Quality Assurance Chemist can offer his/her expertise. Since these are emerging sectors, they are growing in popularity. All these factors put together will have a positive trickle-down effect on the available job opportunities for a Quality Assurance Chemist.

Indian API Industry

The generic APIs market is expected to continue to rise faster than the branded or innovative APIs, by 7.7 per cent per year and is expected to reach $30.3 billion in 2016. Asia-Pacific is expected to show the fastest growth rates of 10.8 per cent per year. The 24 fastest growing markets will include 11 in Asia-Pacific

Pharmaceutical/chemical manufacturing companies

Job opportunities are available across India with a higher concentration in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat etc.

Job opportunities are available in areas where pharmaceutical/chemical production companies have their set-up