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Obituary - Stephen Fairchild. PHSS would like to say farewell.

17 April 2019  
Posted by: Tamsin Marshall
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Stephen B Fairchild 1943 – 2019


Steve passed away in February after a long illness. He will be sadly missed by friends and colleagues. 


He was a pharmacist, a long standing member of the PHSS, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and a Fellow of the Institute of Quality Assurance. He was an individual with great all round skills and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry having worked both for regulatory bodies and Industry. Initially he worked for a major pharma company from 1965 -1973 where he was involved in setting up QA systems and production operations. He then spent 7 years as a medicines inspector in the UK Department of Health before rejoining industry working for French and British multi-national pharmaceutical companies in the field of international quality assurance. Following this Steve was appointed (1995 – 2001) as Head of Sector for inspections in the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (now EMA) where he was instrumental in the set up of Good Manufacturing Practice standards for active pharmaceutical ingredients. He later set up a pharmaceutical consultancy company with colleagues.


One of Steve’s long lasting achievements with PHSS was that he was the inspiration behind and initial author of the society’s monthly and quarterly Regulatory Update which continue today under different authorship as an important member benefit. Some of our members will also have benefited from Steve’s lectures to them on Pharmaceutical Law and also API manufacture on the Brighton university QP course.


It wasn’t all work and no play with Steve, he enjoyed sailing, was a beekeeper, a keen gardener plus having interests in art and music.


Steve is survived by his wife Marie and children Nicola and Graeme.



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