Pharmacovigilance Careers

Pharmacovigilance, in layman’s terms is drug safety. It can be defined as the study and prevention of adverse effects caused by pharmaceutical products. Pharmacovigilance is the reason that many drugs are withdrawn from or not even brought into the market at times.

The government supports and helps to implement courses in pharmacovigilance as their primary goal is to ensure students of medicine are aware of the adverse effects of certain pharmaceuticals. Pharmacovigilance makes it possible to implement quality systems in all pharmaceutical companies that manufacture large amounts of medicine.


Candidates of pharmacovigilance can pursue both certificate and diploma courses.

  • A certificate course in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology is conducted by Symogen, a KPO, and can be obtained in 4 months. The fee for this course can cost Rs.50,000 to Rs. 80,000 depending on where you enrol.  
  • The post graduate diploma programme in Pharmacovigilance is conducted by the Institute of Clinical Research, India. It is a one-year course that costs Rs. 1.3 lakhs.

Training in pharmacovigilance is done by an expert international and national faculty with years of experience in the practical and theoretical aspects.

You may be eligible for a course in pharmacovigilance, if you are any one of the following:

  • Graduate in Pharmacy and Bio-Sciences
  • Medical Professional i.e Doctor of all disciplines
  • Graduate in pharmacy and bio-sciences
  • Junior professional in Pharmaceutical industry, IT Industry and Clinical Research Organisations.


A job holder in this field can easily get the starting salary of Rs.3.5 – Rs.8 lakhs per annum.As more recognition is given to drug safety all over the world, jobs in India in this field are increasing in number.

Job Prospects

There is no shortage of jobs in this field as high-quality pharmacovigilance practice makes for good business dealing. Students in this field can get jobs in various pharmaceutical companies and earn attractive and handsome packages. With new drugs being made every day, a career in pharmacovigilance has good prospects.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to pursue a career in pharmacovigilance, the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for the course is:

  • A postgraduate or graduate degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences (with any of the following subjects: Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotech) with at least 50% marks in aggregate
  • A postgraduate or graduate degree with Chemistry as a subject with at least 50% marks in aggregate
  • A postgraduate or graduate degree in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • A postgraduate or graduate degree in Medicine

The selection process is based on merit. Admission is granted only to students who have cleared a written examination and a personal interview.


The Institute offers scholarship to five students every year based on merit. The Scholarship is offered based on the overall performance of the students during the first year, and these first five students are given a complete tuition fee waiver for the next year.

Duration & Venue

The pharmacovigilence course will be held twice a year for four months each. The first batch intake will be from September to December based in New Delhi and January to April based in Mumbai. This pattern will run every year.

The number of admissions to each batch is limited, so that personal attention can be paid to each student, and this will also facilitate effective discussions, practical hands on training, and in conducting mini-workshops during the course of study.


The total fees for this 4 month course will be Rs.85,000 for working Indian Professionals and SAARC countries, and 5000 USD for other international students. The fees for Indian students pursuing higher education will be Rs.50,000. 

The fees will cover all course materials and examinations. There will also be provision for coffee and lunch on teaching days.


At the end of each four month course students will be assessed on how well they have understood the course material. The pharmacovigilance exams will consist of:

  • A 2 hour written section consisting of 2 long questions and 4 short ones
  • A Viva: 30 minutes long with two examiners
  • A short project to be submitted at the end of the course on the topics to be given by the Faculty on Pharmacovigilance


Faculty Of Clinical Research (IGMPI), India

About Institute

The Faculty of Clinical Research (FCR) is a constituent faculty of Institute of Good Manufacturing Practices India. The Course is approved by Quality Council Of India(QCI), Government of India. FCR also holds the following accreditations and memberships.

  • Global accredited training & certification provider
  • Registered as Non-Profit Society with Government of India (Under the Societies Registration Act, 1860)
  • Approved by Quality Council of India (QCI) & Accredited Vocational Institution of Ministry of HRD, Government of India
  • Approved Training Institute of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
  • Recognized by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India
  • An ISO 9001:2015 Certified Organisation registered under The Societies Registration Act,1860 Government of India
  • Empanelled under Ministry of Horticulture and Food Processing, Government of Uttar Pradesh
  • Affiliated with Life Sciences and Food Industry Sector Skills Council (SSC) set up by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
  • Conferred with QUALITY COUNCIL OF INDIA (QCI) – D.L. SHAH NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD & ASSOCHAM Services Excellence Award 2017

Courses Offered

The Faculty of Clinical Research (IGMPI) offers a one year Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance for INR 75,000.

Regular & Part-Time

  • Executive Diploma in Clinical Research
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance
  • Executive Diploma in Pharmacovigilance
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Data Management
  • Executive Diploma in Clinical Data Management

Distance cum e-learning

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
  • Executive Diploma in Clinical Research
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Writing
  • Executive Diploma Programmes in Medical Writing
  • Executive Diploma in Pharmacovigilance


Contact Details

Delhi NCR

H-119, Sector 63, NOIDA, Delhi National Capital Region (NCR),

Pin Code – 201301, India.

Phone: +91 8587838177, +91 8130924488, 0120-2427175, 0120-4375280

E-mail[email protected] [Admissions and other inquiries ]

E-mail[email protected] [Placement]



413-417, K P Landmark Near Bright Day School Vasna Bhayali Road Vadodara

Pin Code 391410, India.

Phone: +91 265 2988117

E-mail[email protected] [Admissions and other inquiries ]

E-mail[email protected] [Placement]

Institute of Clinical Research (India)

  • New Delhi Campus: Institute of Clinical Research (India), A-201, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase 1, New Delhi 110 020. Tel: 011- 4140 6945- 49. Fax: 011 – 41634963.
  • Mumbai Campus: Institute of Clinical Research (India), C-9, Central Road No. 22, MIDC Industrial Area, Marol, Andheri (East), Mumbai 400093. Tel: 022- 28222034, 28230949, 28222016, 65740207-08. Fax: 022-28230518.
  • Bangalore Campus: Institute of Clinical Research (India), 242 A, 13th Cross, CMH Road, Indiranagar 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 038. Tel: 080-2520 722 -427. Fax: 080-2520 7227.
  • Ahmedabad Campus: Institute of Clinical Research (India), 2, Devang Park, Opp Ahmedabad Stock Exchange, Panjrapole, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad – 380 015 Tel: 079- 3250 8678.

Courses Offered

  • One Year Part Time Program at ICRI
  • PG Diploma in Clinical Data Management: Part Time One, Year Course, Timing 4pm to 8pm.
  • PG Diploma in Pharmacovigilance: Part Time One Year Course, Timing 4pm to 8pm.
  • FDA Complaint Medical Writing Specializations
  • PG Certificate in Clinical Research for Nurses: Part Time Nine Months Course, Timing 4pm to 8pm.
  • Certificate in Clinical Research for Nurses: Part Time Six Months Course, Timing 4pm to 8pm

Contact Details

Symogen India
Certificate course in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology.
Tel No: +91-11-65805451
Fax No: +91-11-26882891