1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2382-13 Industrial Pharmacist

Undertakes research, testing and analysis related to the development, production, storage, quality control and distribution of drugs and related supplies.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification and a one year traineeship. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • conducts research to develop or improve pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and related chemical products
  • confers with Chemists, Chemical Engineers and other professionals about manufacturing techniques and ingredients
  • assists with design, development and testing of production equipment
  • develops standards for drugs used in pharmaceuticals
  • tests and analyses drugs to determine their identity, purity and strength in relation to specified standards
  • determines the most suitable packaging for medicinal substances to avoid deterioration and facilitate distribution
  • sets up and supervises sterile production and packaging areas
  • evaluates and advises on government controls for the use, packaging and advertising of pharmaceutical products
  • supervises and coordinates the work of technical officers and technicians

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