Resources for starting out in regulatory affairs

If you are looking for your first role in regulatory affairs for human or animal medicines, or for medical devices, TOPRA's careers pages are an essential port of call. As a leading professional body for healthcare regulatory affairs we are committed to delivering the support you need throughout your career.

Here are some useful tips for starting your regulatory affairs career:

  • Be prepared to take another role in the drug or device development process as a stepping stone.
  • Review your CV for skills and experience that would be particularly transferable (eg, good communication skills, project management and/or the ability to synthesise information).
  • Enrol with a specialist regulatory recruitment consultant who can advise you.

 

How TOPRA can help


Insights from TOPRA's 2020 Regulatory Careers Live (online) careers fair

What is it like to work for big pharma? What are the pros and cons? How and when do they recruit?

Presenters:

  • Roz Sutton, Regulatory Lead, Programme Management, Roche
  • Glykeria Karanika, Graduate Trainee, Regulatory Programme Management, Roche
  • Lizzie Thomas: Graduate Trainee, Regulatory Documentation, Roche

 

 


What are regulatory affairs recruiters and employers looking for and what is different about those who secure positions?

Presenter: Mary Bolt, Specialist Life Science Recruiter, CK Group

 

Find out more about the 2021 edition of Regulatory Careers Live 

Our courses for those new to Regulatory Affairs

TOPRA offers two levels of in-person courses for those new to or exploring a career in healthcare regulatory affairs. Basics courses are one-day primers on pharmaceutical, veterinary or medical device regulatory affairs; our Introductory courses are multi-day classes covering pharmaceutical or medical device regulatory affairs in much greater depth. 

Upcoming Basics courses

Begin DateTitleDescriptionCityCountry
28/10/2021Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic but comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomBAS2810
28/10/2021Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic but comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment. OnlineVBAS1021
09/11/2021Essentials of European Medical Device Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide an overview of regulatory requirements and considerations for medical devices in a relaxed and interactive environment.DublinIrelandMDBAS21IRE
09/11/2021Essentials of European Medical Device Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide an overview of regulatory requirements and considerations for medical devices in a relaxed and interactive environment. OnlineVMDBASRE21
08/02/2022Essentials of European Veterinary Regulatory AffairsThe world of veterinary regulatory affairs can be a confusing and complex place, particularly if you have no formal veterinary or regulatory affairs background. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a clear and concise understanding of the role played by regulatory affairs in obtaining and maintaining marketing authorisation for veterinary medicinal products.LondonUnited KingdomVETBAS22
08/02/2022Essentials of European Veterinary Regulatory AffairsThe world of veterinary regulatory affairs can be a confusing and complex place, particularly if you have no formal veterinary or regulatory affairs background. The purpose of this course is to provide you with a clear and concise understanding of the role played by regulatory affairs in obtaining and maintaining marketing authorisation for veterinary medicinal products. OnlineVETBAS22O
17/03/2022Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide an overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomBAS170322
17/03/2022Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide an overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment.Online BAS170322O
04/05/2022Essentials of European Medical Device Regulatory AffairsThis face-to-face course will provide an overview of regulatory requirements and considerations for medical devices in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomMDBAS22F2F
04/05/2022Essentials of European Medical Device Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide an overview of regulatory requirements and considerations for medical devices in a relaxed and interactive environment. OnlineMDBAS22O
10/05/2022Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic but comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomBAS0522
10/05/2022Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic but comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment. OnlineBAS0522O
23/06/2022Essentials of In-Vitro Diagnostics Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic, comprehensive grounding in regulatory affairs for IVDs in a relaxed and interactive environment. OnlineIVDBAS22O
23/06/2022Essentials of In-Vitro Diagnostics Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic, comprehensive grounding in regulatory affairs for IVDs in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomIVDBAS22
04/08/2022Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic but comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomBAS040822
09/11/2022Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic but comprehensive overview of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomBAS1122
29/11/2022Essentials of European Medical Device Regulatory AffairsThis face-to-face course will provide an overview of regulatory requirements and considerations for medical devices in a relaxed and interactive environment.DublinIrelandMDBAS22

 

Upcoming in-depth Intro courses

Begin DateTitleDescriptionCityCountry
02/11/2021The Autumn Introductory Course (Pharmaceuticals)Module 0 of the MSc: This course covers all aspects of the product development process, and provides a sound overview of EU legislation and regulatory procedures, including the central role regulatory affairs plays in modern healthcare companies. BelgiumIC22021
02/11/2021The Autumn Introductory Course (Pharmaceuticals)Module 0 of the MSc: This course covers all aspects of the product development process, and provides a sound overview of EU legislation and regulatory procedures, including the central role regulatory affairs plays in modern healthcare companies. OnlineVIC22021
28/03/2022The Spring Introductory Course (Pharmaceuticals)Module 0 of the MSc:  This course covers all aspects of the product development process, and provides a sound overview of EU legislation and regulatory procedures, including the central role regulatory affairs plays in modern healthcare companies. OnlineIC12022
05/07/2022The Medical Device Introductory Course(Module 13 of the MSc Medical Devices) Providing those new to Medical Device Regulatory Affairs with an understanding of the regulatory requirements for medical devices in the EU.LondonUnited KingdomINTROMD
15/11/2022The Autumn Introductory Course (Pharmaceuticals)Module 0 of the MSc: This course covers all aspects of the product development process, and provides a sound overview of EU legislation and regulatory procedures, including the central role regulatory affairs plays in modern healthcare companies. BelgiumIC22022