Global Pharmaceutical Training, Consulting and Auditing Organization NSF International-DBA Celebrates 25 Years of Growth and Expanded Service Offerings

Published: Aug 10, 2011

YORK, UK & BOSTON, USA — NSF-DBA, an NSF International company, is celebrating 25 years of growth and expansion from its beginnings as a UK-based pharmaceutical training company to its current role as a leading global provider of pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical device training, consulting and auditing services throughout Europe, Latin America, US, China, India, and South Africa.

The Early Years

NSF-DBA was initially founded as David Begg Associates in 1986 by former pharmacist and UK Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspector David Begg. Begg's mission was to advance pharmaceutical quality by providing high quality training to pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals. He developed a first-of-its-kind training program - The Qualified Persons (QP) Training Program - in the wake of the first UK medicines legislation. The QP Training Program gained industry admiration for combining academic education with pragmatic teachings from industry veterans, and expanded to a master's degree program in 1990. This program continues today as a leading program for Pharmaceutical Quality Professionals throughout Europe.


The growing demand for NSF-DBA's high quality training and consulting services abroad led to expansion to other regions of the globe, beginning with Ireland, Puerto Rico, and Singapore, where multinational companies were investing in pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Today, NSF-DBA is a global organization, assisting companies throughout Europe, Latin America, US, China, India, and South Africa.

In addition to expanding regionally, NSF-DBA also expanded their services beyond pharmaceuticals to the dietary supplements and medical devices industry, launching several new global training programs. These include the:

- Dietary Supplement Quality Professional Training Program

- Medical Devices Diploma Program

- Quality Leadership Program, a training program for US pharmaceutical professionals similar to the Qualified Persons (QP) Training Program in Europe

These programs assist global pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical devices companies in improving product quality and complying with international regulatory requirements by developing the knowledge and skills of their key staff. "Our founder believed that people are the most important active ingredient in any process. NSF-DBA has continued this vision for more than 25 years by helping thousands of pharmaceutical, dietary supplements, and medical devices companies worldwide improve the quality of their products by providing the best training and consulting services for their people," said Bob Pietrowski, Managing Partner, NSF-DBA.

For more information about NSF-DBA's services, visit or contact Anne Davies, Customer Relationship Manager at

NSF International's Health Sciences Division offers certification, training, consulting, GMP and GLP testing, R&D and auditing for the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical device industries. The Health Sciences Division includes; NSF Pharmalytica, a GLP & GMP contract laboratory; NSF-DBA, which has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical, dietary supplement, and medical devices training expertise; NSF Reference Standards and NSF Dietary Supplements. NSF International developed the American National Standard for Dietary Supplements (NSF/ANSI 173) and tests and certifies supplements against this standard via the NSF Dietary Supplements Certification Program. NSF's Health Science Division operates globally throughout North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent public health and safety organization certifies products and writes standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods to protect human health and the environment ( Founded in 1944, NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional NSF services include food safety and quality programs through the NSF Food Safety Division, drinking water product certification through the NSF Water Division, sustainability services through NSF Sustainability, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), and NSF Education and Training programs.

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