Volunteering opportunities

The following volunteering opportunities are for TOPRA members only.

Current opportunities

Pitch in to help advance our territory-based TOPRA In groups and interest-based SPIN groups, or participate in new or ongoing volunteering opportunities for TOPRA members.  

Pharmacovigilance SPIN: Steering group members needed

The PV Special Interest Network (SPIN) was created for TOPRA members in January 2009 to provide a forum for regulatory affairs professionals working in the field of Pharmacovigilance.

The aims of this SPIN are:

  • To raise the awareness of global pharmacovigilance in a European context
  • To promote collaboration between individuals and with other organisations involved in drug safety
  • To contribute to the raising of professional competency, standards and understanding of PV
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information/knowledge transfer
  • To provide insights in and raise awareness of future developments.

Ways to contribute
Be a key member of the PV SPIN steering group, including the newly vacant Chair role. You must be able to commit to the role for a minimum of one year and actively contribute to telecon meetings and activities such as articles, webinars and annual symposia sessions.

Experience/knowledge needed

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • At least 3 years experience working in the area of pharmacovigilance
  • Experience of leading or being a key member of a working party or steering group in any RA field

Location
Virtual – Members from all locations welcome to apply.

How do I find out more?
Email Sínead


TOPRA In Germany

This group will provide a local forum for regulatory affairs professionals working and living in Germany. The aims of this group are:

  • To raise awareness of regulatory affairs in Germany with support from TOPRA
  • To support the local TOPRA members by providing a space for meetings and discussion (online and/or face to face)
  • To feedback on Regulatory changes and interpretations impacting regulatory affairs professionals in Germany
  • To work cooperatively with other not-for-profit or government organisations and relevant academic institutions within Germany on behalf of TOPRA

Ways to contribute
We are looking to create new steering groups consisting of Chair/Deputy Chair/Secretary/Social Media liaison etc. 

You must be able to commit to the role for a minimum of one year and actively contribute to teleconference meetings and activities such as articles, webinars or networking events.

Experience/knowledge needed

  • Good interpersonal & networking skills
  • Experience of leading or being a key member of a working party or steering group in any RA field
  • Presentation skills.

Location
Virtual – Members based in Germany are welcome to apply.

How do I find out more?
Email Sinéad

TOPRA In Netherlands

TOPRA In Netherlands is being set up for TOPRA members in response to the feedback in our most recent annual survey. The group aims to provide a local forum for regulatory affairs professionals working and living in Netherlands. The aims of this group are:

  • To raise awareness of regulatory affairs in Netherlands with support from TOPRA
  • To support the local TOPRA members by providing a space for meetings and discussion (online and/or face to face)
  • To feedback on Regulatory changes and interpretations impacting regulatory affairs professionals in Netherlands
  • To work cooperatively with other not-for-profit or government organisations and relevant academic institutions within Netherlands on behalf of TOPRA


Ways to contribute
We are looking to create new steering groups consisting of Chair/Deputy Chair/Secretary/Social Media liaison etc. 

You must be able to commit to the role for a minimum of one year and actively contribute to teleconference meetings and activities such as articles, webinars or networking events.

Experience/knowledge needed

  • Good interpersonal and networking skills
  • Experience of leading or being a key member of a working party or steering group in any RA field
  • Presentation skills.


Location
Virtual – Members based in Netherlands are welcome to apply.

How do I find out more?
Email Sinéad


TOPRA In Spain

TOPRA IN Spain logo

TOPRA IN Spain was created for TOPRA members to provide a local forum for regulatory affairs professionals working and living in Spain. The aims of this group are:

  • To raise awareness of regulatory affairs in Spain with support from TOPRA
  • To support the local TOPRA members by providing a space for meetings and discussion (online and/or face to face)
  • To feedback on regulatory changes and interpretations impacting regulatory affairs professionals in Spain
  • To work cooperatively with other not-for-profit or government organisations and relevant academic institutions within Spain on behalf of TOPRA
Ways to contribute

You must be able to commit to the role for a minimum of one year and actively contribute to teleconference meetings and activities such as articles, webinars or networking events.

Experience/knowledge needed

  • Good interpersonal & networking skills
  • Experience of leading or being a key member of a working party or steering group in any RA field
  • Presentation skills.
Location

Virtual – Members based in Spain are welcome to apply.


How do I find out more?
Email Sinéad

Reviewing Dossiers CRED course: Working Party members needed

TOPRA is seeking experts to become part of our  Reviewing Dossiers Continuing Regulatory Education and Development (CRED) Course working party. Working party members contribute to the planning and development of the course via teleconference meetings. The CRED Programme is a series of regulatory affairs courses designed to help professionals keep up to date or develop their career in new directions.

Experience/knowledge needed

  • Good presentation and interpersonal skills
  • At least 5 years experience working in reviewing dossiers
  • Previous experience of being involved in an RA related working party would be useful

Location
Suitable for international-based Members. 

How do I find out more?
Email Samantha (please include your CV)


Call for presenters: Essentials of Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs 2019

TOPRA is seeking experts to present our one-day introductory course to pharmaceutical regulatory affairs. The course is designed for very new recruits, PAs, administrators and support staff in regulatory affairs and other related areas such as medical, manufacturing and marketing.  

Volunteers will be required to co-present the following areas: 

  • Overview of drug development
  • Regulatory control of clinical trials
  • Marketing authorisation applications
  • Product information (labelling)
  • European marketing authorisation procedures
  • Marketing authorisation strategy
  • Post-authorisation activities

Experience/knowledge needed:

  • Good presentation and interpersonal skills
  • At least five years experience working in regulatory affairs
  • Previous experience of being involved in an RA related working party would be useful

Location
Suitable for members based in the UK. 

How do I find out more?
If you have expertise in this area and are interested in getting involved please send your CV to Samantha.


Ongoing Opportunities

Regulatory Rapporteur (print) journal

Ways to contribute

For one-off activities, you can offer to write an article or peer review one on your specialist area. Or if you are in a position to offer long-term commitment you can put yourself forward to join the editorial board.

Experience/knowledge needed

At least two years’ experience of working in regulatory affairs and ideally specialist expertise in a relevant area.

Location

Virtual and UK face-to-face meetings – Members from all locations welcome to apply.

How do I find out more?

The editorial team constitution (PDF) outlines the roles, expectations and time commitments.



InTouch newsletter

Ways to contribute

Send in your news and pictures, eg new job, or report from an activity relevant to TOPRA, eg a talk to sixth formers about RA.

Experience/knowledge needed

Just your TOPRA membership and enthusiasm!

Location

Virtual – Members from all locations welcome to apply.

How do I find out more?

Email InTouch



Standing for election

Ways to contribute

Consider standing for election to the Board of Directors, the legally and financially responsible body that sets the strategic direction of TOPRA and makes sure that all is running smoothly.

Elections are held annually, and a request for nominations is usually sent out to all members by email in early July. There is an election in the autumn and our members vote on who should be part of the Board.

Experience/knowledge needed

Any member, whatever their regulatory experience, can stand for election. It is usually preferred that the nominee has done some volunteering work in TOPRA but this is not obligatory. Successful nominees must be able to become a Company Director in UK law.

Location

Global – members can apply from any country. Board meetings are held in the UK office with teleconferencing available.

How do I find out more?

Visit our Board Elections page or Email Lynda


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