Reflect on your learning experiences

‘It is not sufficient simply to have an experience in order to learn. Without reflecting upon this experience it may quickly be forgotten, or its learning potential lost. It is from the feelings and thoughts emerging from this reflection that generalisations or concepts can be generated. And it is generalisations that allow new situations to be tackled effectively.’ (Gibbs 1988)

Reflecting on your learning experience will help you develop you discover your strengths and weaknesses and sequentially improve your future performance. You can use the TOPRA CPD tool to reflect on the continuous professional development activities you have completed. You can reflect on the individual activities you have completed but you can also reflect on how your performance, knowledge, skills and behaviours compare to the TOPRA competencies to identify ways to improve and develop. You can record this broader reflection as an activity in itself using the CPD tool, simply record it as self-directed learning.

Reflect on: 

  • What you are learning
  • Why you are learning it
  • How you are using what you are learning, how does this improve your professional practice
  • What are the benefits for the users of your work
  • How you can continue to improve and build on your learning
  • Your strengths and weaknesses
  • Your learning priorities
  • How well you are working towards your goals.

Regulatory competencies

Competencies are the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required for you to do your job in regulatory affairs. As innovation occurs, it is important that regulatory professionals stay relevant and have the necessary skills and competencies to make substantive contributions to their organisations. The following article outlines what TOPRA believes are the competencies needed for regulatory professionals working in human medicines, medical devices, chemicals, food additives, pesticides and veterinary medicines. The article also discusses the evolution of the Regulatory Affairs Competency Framework and its significance.

Regulatory Affairs Competency Framework