Skills for Formulation Scientists and Technicians – Cogent’s Gold Standards Now Finalised

Employers in the chemical-using and process industries have been telling us that it is critically important to make sure that their formulation scientists and technologists have the skills they need to do their job properly.

Formulation skills and understanding are critical to the companies in many sectors who are conducting laboratory R&D, process development as well as pilot and full-scale manufacture of complex formulated products such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents, paints, inks, agrochemicals and processed foods. Additionally the lack of a systematic framework for line-managers to help develop their employees has also been identified as one factor which hinders innovation in formulated product design and manufacture.

To help employers identify and develop the necessary competencies in formulation science and technology Cogent Sector Skills Council has consulted extensively with employers during 2012 and produced three “Gold Standards” for typical job roles relevant to companies engaged in formulation.

The Gold Standard sets the national standard for Continuing Professional Development across key job roles. It operates across four key areas of competency: technical, business improvement, compliance and functional and behavioural. Your employees can begin a journey that will see them work their way towards a world-leading skills set. They can start this at any point on the Gold Standard, depending on development needs.

Before these Gold Standards were finalised, we gave industry a final chance to comment on them and to suggest improvements. To find the draft Gold Standards for Formulation, as well as further information on Cogent’s Gold Standards, just go to the links lower down this page.

Please send any comments or questions you have on the Gold Standards to us at iFormulate Ltd (E-mail address:

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Jan 22nd 2013