CPD and lifelong learning

Professionals in healthcare regulatory affairs work in an environment of constantly changing legal, technical and scientific requirements. We need to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) 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.

Our CPD tool

TOPRA members can record their progress using the TOPRA CPD tool.

TOPRA recommends that regulatory professionals wanting to achieve or maintain their MTOPRA designation undertake a minimum of 50 hours of lifelong learning each year, to demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development and keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

There are plenty of activities that count towards your CPD, including TOPRA courses , events , webinars and our CPD supplement quiz.

We also recommend keeping a log of activities, copies of attendance certificates and other evidence of your learning.

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.

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.

The learning cycle

IMI Lifetrain

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a joint undertaking between the European Union and the pharmaceutical industry association EFPIA.

In the drug development world, international initiatives via IMI LifeTrain have put lifelong learning at the centre of our business for ALL biomedical scientists, not just regulatory specialists. TOPRA has signed up to the LifeTrain principles which embody the concepts of ‘reflect, plan, do and record’ for effective continuing professional development.

Applying the reflective learning cycle

Successful regulatory specialists will look at the competency framework, see what skills they need to acquire, plan how they will acquire them, carry out lifelong learning activities and evaluate how effective it has been. They will then record what they have done and its impact on their day-to-day work and career advancement.

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