Colombia, ACEQF

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ACEQF offers the following places in research:

You may apply to the different research groups associated with the faculty of pharmaceutical and food sciences.

  1. BIOPOLIMER: With nanotechnology and biotechnology Biopolimer develops technologies and products for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, and environmental industries that impact and generate social development. With nanotechnology is improved stability, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness; and from the biodiversity of fungi basidiomycetes white rot of Colombia and its metabolites and ligninolytic enzymes, are obtained products of interest, such as beta-glucans, and uses agro-industrial, forestry, and polymeric waste to help solve environmental problems.
  2. Food Biotechnology BIOALI: The BIOALI group seeks to develop research processes; framed in technological transfers at industrial and population level with emphasis on the concepts of global citizenship. In this sense, the group seeks to solve problems of food safety, active packaging, and determination of bioactive properties, as well as neo-contaminants in food and solutions to byproducts of the food industry. Impacting, peasant communities, vulnerable cities, but also the industrial sector, being transversal in the food chain.
  3. Design and Formulation of Medicines, Cosmetics and Related Products: To provide the community with prototypes of well-characterized, developed, and designed pharmaceutical dosage forms, starting from the principle of using environmentally friendly processes.
  4. Technology Research Group in Pharmacy Regency TRF: The Technology Research Group in Pharmacy Regency (TRF) is committed to the scientific contribution of administrative and healthcare management of low-complexity pharmaceutical services, management of their products and the development of non-sterile master preparations, the proper use of medicinal plants and alternative therapies.
  5. Sensory Analysis Research Group: Generate scientific knowledge in science and sensory analysis through research in food, beverages, natural products, cosmetics, and medicines to contribute to the academic sector, Food, and health and promote high-quality standards according to current national and international standards in sensory analysis. Perform sensory profiles and sensory quality charts of cocoa, avocado and other products, as added value for national and international markets.
  6. GISB Bioactive Substances Research Group: We implement strategies for the generation of knowledge and scientific training around the valorization and sustainable use of our biodiversity, through chemical and functional exploration and the development of bioingredients that promote innovation in the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic sectors.
  7. Nutrition and Food Technology Group: The group is interested in biotechnological processes to obtain compounds with biological activity, mainly through enzymatic protein hydrolysis and fermentation. He is also interested in work related to food development, food preservation methods and dehydration. As well as in separation methods with tangential filtration membranes.
  8. The GEMCA Medicines, Cosmetics and Food Stability Group: We are committed to studying the problems of stability and stabilization of pharmaceutical and food formulations.
  9. Marine Natural Products: Consolidate a group of professionals in chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, biology and related areas to develop projects related to the chemistry, biology and biological activity of Colombian marine natural resources, through the establishment of agreements and networks with other research groups and institutions. To form with other national groups a research network in Natural Marine Products.
  10. Toxinology, therapeutic and food alternatives: The Toxinology Group, therapeutic and food alternatives seek alternatives for the treatment and prevention of poisoning caused by poisons of natural origin, is committed to scientific knowledge of them, their toxins and applications, as well as to the research of molecules or products of pharmaceutical, food or agricultural interest.

Internship Industry: You can aspire to an internship in the following places of the alma mater:

  1. Medicines Plant: The only university plant producing solid drugs in Latin America that is certified in good manufacturing practices. Annually in this plant, 28 million tablets are produced.
  2. Specialized Laboratory of Analysis (LEA): Attached to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Food Sciences CIFAL, received for the first time the certification by the Invima in Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), for a term of three years, This allows it to be a reference for the teaching, research and extension processes of the Alma Mater, and other public and private institutions, as well as for the inspection, surveillance and control agencies of the state. The Specialized Laboratory of Analysis performs tests of bacterial Endotoxins, Spectrophotometry (UV-VIS) Titration, Solution, Water Determination by Karl Fischer Method, Sterility Test and Liquid Chromatography Titration (HPLC).
  3. BIOENGRID TEC: is a Colombian spin-off born from the alliance between the group-GISP of the University of Antioquia and the business group TIG, as a competitive proposal to promote and revitalize the market of natural Colombian ingredients, through the generation of disruptive technologies and innovative processes. Its main product are bioemulsions with natural assets. In this square, prototypes are mainly worked

Clinical Internship

  1. Central Blending
    1. Clinical Pharmacy Internship Must be enrolled. The intern must be enrolled for security and ARL reasons.

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Length of training periods

3 weeks as minimum and 5 months as maximum. The minimum time of day will be defined depending on the place.

Available months and cities

Throughout the academic years in the city of Medellin


Type accommodation

For SEP in Colombia, ACEQF proposes the following options: The student can be hosted by a local student or professor, it can be free of payment, or include a payment fee of a maximum of 90 USD for a month (Varies on the host and city). Student’s residence, which can cost around USD 250 for a month. Each student can choose a hotel or hostel as well, which will not be assumed by ACEQF, however, local IPSF or other designers could help in choosing the best place.

Board, pocket money or other financial benefits/remuneration

No pocket money will be provided. We estimated a personal daily spend of USD 15 on food and USD 5 on transportation.

Language requirements

Intermediate Spanish: Only for research Fluent Spanish: For hospital and industry.

Other requirements

Students should have completed at least their second year of pharmacy school. Recent graduates with no more than 4 years of getting their grade will be accepted as well. Varies among the city and the hosting university. Students willing to practice in hospital areas will have to update their vaccination card (The required vaccinations will be informed on the appropriate time). If the student is willing to practice in research areas, he will have to send the SEO a written proof of his current studies in pharmacy or his recent graduation. For safety, SEP students should buy a Laboral Accident Insurance in the hosting city or university, with the help of the SEO. Additionally, all SEP students will have to get an international health insurance document, in order to cover additional issues outside the practice areas.

Information on Work Permits and Visa

VISA: Students from the following countries can enter Colombia without a visa: all PARO members, members of the European Union, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapur, South Korea, and Taiwan. On the other hand, all member from AFRO and EMRO do require vise in other to visit Colombia. For further information, you can check:

Selection Procedures
  • The SEO and the ACEQF National Board will select each student.
  • We can also participate in bilateral exchanges.
  • Contact: IPSF Student Exchange Officer of ACEQF, [email protected]

Information updated 3rd of February, 2024

The information on this page was last updated on: February 3, 2024 23:50