Lifelong learning for regulatory professionals

Professionals in healthcare regulatory affairs work in an environment of constantly changing legal, technical and scientific requirements. We need to undertake continuing professional development to ensure that we remain safe and effective in our daily practice.

All members of TOPRA are bound by the statement of values, which requires them to 'continually improve performance and update or refresh their skills and knowledge'. For Registered Members of TOPRA - who use the designation MTOPRA - we consider 50 hours per year spent on learning to be the minimum.

A strong personal programme of continuing professional development, properly recorded, will also build your confidence and credibility at work and give you an evidence base for appraisals. TOPRA members can use our online CPD recording tool to keep track of their various activities.

Guide to lifelong learning

TOPRA has signed up to the IMI LifeTrain principles which embody the concepts of ‘reflect, plan, do and record’ for effective continuing professional development. Our guide below will help you to apply the reflective learning cycle to your own career.

Career benefits

As well as improving professional practice, lifelong learning can help your career by:

  • Building confidence and credibility in your ability to do your work
  • Demonstrating your achievements
  • Giving you a tool for appraisals
  • Bringing focus to your training and development
  • Giving you tools to cope with the constantly changing regulatory environment
  • Helping you become more productive and efficient
  • Highlighting gaps in your knowledge and experience which you can address to achieve the career progression you desire.

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