John Lafferty

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John Lafferty, B. Tech. in Manufacturing Technology, Six Sigma Black Belt, Cert. Training & Continuing Education, Cert. Quality Management, is a Quality professional with over 25 years experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry.  John joined SQT as a tutor in 2007.  Prior to that, John spent many years working in the Medical Devices/ Pharmaceutical sectors – the final six years of which were as a Senior Manager of a multinational Medical Devices plant where he managed the Quality and  Regulatory Systems.  John completed his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training through SQT in 2009 and derives great benefit from applying the techniques that he learned to Risk Management and Validation in a Life Sciences setting.

“It is great to be able to bring this knowledge and the experience gained from ongoing involvement with Life Sciences companies into the classroom,” he says.

John passionately believes that the key to success in Life Sciences Manufacturing is the relentless application of Risk Management, Variation Reduction and Good Validation Practices.  As the SQT tutor for Technical Writing Skills, John believes that good written communication skills are vital for any Life Sciences professional.

One of John’s greatest achievements in most recent years has been the development of the MDSAP and MDSAP Internal Auditor courses in response to demand from SQT’s loyal client base.

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"It is important to realise that good writing is less about the rules of grammar and more about stepping into the shoes of the reader and looking at the subject from his/her perspective"

- John Lafferty

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Good quality of information supplied.  Great tutor.

Excellent presentation, John’s knowledge and delivery is apparent from the very beginning.

John has a very relaxed and easy- going style that made the course enjoyable and easy to follow.  He provided anecdotes and examples, which helped us relate to the content.

Excellent tutor – obviously very experienced in both training and practical applications

Very informative. Clear communication. No loss of interest – all interesting.

Students, TCOAG

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“Since completing the Technical Writing Skills course delivered by John last year we have seen great benefits for the organisation.  His knowledge and delivery were excellent.  Highly recommended”.

– James Grennan, Site deployment Lead SAP Integration at Allergan (ZELTIQ Aesthetics)

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“John was a brilliant tutor, everything flowed seamlessly and he was very engaging. I’ve had a few online courses now and so far he has definitely been the best.”   Mairead, Becton Dickinson

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When not writing in a technical sense, John likes to do a little creative writing in the form of poetry. He is a regular contributor to the North West Words writers group and describes his style as closer to Paul Durcan than Seamus Heaney. In 2014 John achieved a lifelong ambition by running the Dublin marathon. “I had not run a step in the previous five years and went from couch to 42K in ten months” he says. “I trained three to four times every week starting in January and despite not training for four of the final seven weeks due to illness, I succeeded in completing the course”. It shows once again that anyone can achieve anything, provided they do the training!”

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Understanding the Software Validation Requ...

With the transition of many medical device companies to ISO 13485:2016 “Medical Devices – Quality Management Systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes”, it is a challenge for the industry to obtain suitably qualified softw...

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IVD Manufacturers counting down to complia...

IVD Manufacturers: Will you be Compliant with the new EU Regulation 2017/746 when it comes into effect on IVDR by May 2022? Updated insights from our expert Tutor in Medical Devices John Lafferty As we all know, EU Regulation 2017/746 ...

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