The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is a new time-limited IRC which has responsibility for overseeing the development of industry units of competency, skill sets and qualifications relative to the following sectors:
- Medicine manufacturing (Biologics)
- Medicine manufacturing (Molecule)
- Complementary medicine manufacturing
- Vitamin and mineral supplements manufacturing
- Nutrition supplements manufacturing
- Skin care, sunscreen and topical pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Natural products
- Veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturing/ regulation
For the time that it exists (a minimum of 12 months), it will work closely with the existing Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical IRC, which will continue to have responsibility for supporting the development of all food and beverage related units, skill sets and qualifications.
Skills Impact provides support services to a group of related IRCs so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs. All IRCs are appointed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).
The structure and membership of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing IRC is currently being reviewed in a process established by the AISC. Consultation for the structure and calls for membership nominations for this time-limited IRC has now closed. The final make-up will soon be finalised by the AISC and published on this webpage. For further information, click here
Operating Framework for IRCs
IRCs provide the industry engagement mechanism at the centre of training package development (units of competency, skill sets and qualifications). They provide a conduit for industry feedback to government on industry trends and for promotion of VET. The primary purpose of the IRC is to provide advice to the AISC about the skills needs of their industry or sector, based on their experience and expertise.
IRCs perform the following functions, with support by Skills Impact:
- Gather general intelligence for their industry sectors to inform advice on training package development and review
- Oversight the development and review of training packages in accordance with the requirements of the AISC
- Oversight the development of the IRC work plan by the SSO, advising who should be included in the consultation and the type of information to include
- Provide sign off on the work plan, business cases, cases for endorsement and other submissions for consideration by the AISC
- Report to the AISC on progress of its work
- Promote the use of VET in the sectors they represent.
Full details of the Operating Framework for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) can be viewed here.