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FRM2020 - Production, Quality Control and Distribution of Medicinal products

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Course content

The course deals with formulation, manufacture, quality control and distribution of medicinal products, including the elements of pharmaceutical quality assurance and the associated regulations and guidelines.
The following subjects are included: Pharmaceutics, drug analysis, pharmaceutical microbiology, and social pharmacy.

Learning outcome

The course should provide you with a thorough understanding of formulation, production, and quality control of drugs and an understanding of the principles of pharmaceutical quality assurance. You will also be introduced to logistics, and gain an understanding of the importance of quality assurance and quality control as regards to drug distribution.
The laboratory work includes formulation and production of tablets, as well as chemical, microbiological, and pharmaceutical technological quality control of the finished products. The course project is intended to provide the students with a deeper understanding of the problems related to the distribution of medicine.


The course is only available to students enrolled at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In order to participate in this course, all earlier Pharmacy courses up to and through FRM1050 must be passed and all manditory activities from FRM2000 and FRM2010 must be approved.
In order to sit for the exam: all earlier Pharmacy courses up to and through FRM2010 must be passed.

Following courses must be taken in the same semester or earlier than FRM2020:

For students partaking in FRM2020 spring 2014 or later, applies that FRM2020 can't be included in a degree before MNHMS0015 and MNHMS0010LS are passed.


The course includes lectures, group work, seminars, laboratory work, and project work. The laboratory work is compulsory as are the project work and the presentation of the project.
The laboratory and project work, and the presentation of the project, need to be approved in order for the student to be eligible to take the written exam.

Inactivity and / or excessive absences in compulsory education means that the student does not receive final assessment / examination

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


A six hour written exam

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Re-scheduled exams are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who:

  • can document a valid reason for absence from the regular exam (e.g. illness before or during the exam)
  • withdraw during the exam
  • do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

Read more about re-scheduled exams.

Withdrawal from an examination

A student may sit this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.

Special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.


Feedback from our students is essential to us in our efforts to ensure and further improve the high quality of our programmes and courses. All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students on a particular course to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of this course.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

FRM 2020 and FRM 2030 must be taken at the same time.


Every autumn

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