Evaluation of a quality system developed for pharmacy teaching laboratories


  • Corinne Muscat Terribile University of Malta, Msida
  • Francesca Wirth University of Malta, Msida
  • Marie Clare Zammit University of Malta, Msida
  • Janis Vella University of Malta, Msida
  • Lilian M Azzopardi University of Malta, Msida
  • Anthony Serracino-Inglott University of Malta, Msida


Educational Tool, Evaluation, Laboratory, Pharmacy Students, Standard Operating Procedures, Quality System


Background: The implementation of a quality system improves the educational quality of activities undertaken in a laboratory.

Aim: To evaluate the perception of undergraduate pharmacy students and laboratory demonstrators on the quality system implemented in the laboratories of the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta.

Method: A self-administered questionnaire was developed, psychometrically evaluated and distributed to second, third and fourth year undergraduate pharmacy students and laboratory demonstrators (N=110).

Results: Out of a total of 94 questionnaires collected, 91 participants agreed that the implemented quality system is important to carry out procedures correctly and safely in the laboratory and is a helpful educational tool for students to appreciate quality processes in pharmacy (n=84). Ninety two participants agreed that standard operating procedures are an essential aspect of a quality system and are important educational tools for laboratory work (n=73).

Conclusion: The implemented laboratory quality system is a valuable educational tool for pharmacy students. 

Author Biographies

Corinne Muscat Terribile, University of Malta, Msida

Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacy

Francesca Wirth, University of Malta, Msida

Research Officer, Department of Pharmacy

Marie Clare Zammit, University of Malta, Msida

Pharmacist, Department of Pharmacy

Janis Vella, University of Malta, Msida

Research Officer, Department of Pharmacy

Lilian M Azzopardi, University of Malta, Msida

Professor and Head of Department, Department of Pharmacy

Anthony Serracino-Inglott, University of Malta, Msida

Professor, Department of Pharmacy


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