Starting out in regulatory affairs

A career in healthcare regulatory affairs

If you are looking for your first role in regulatory affairs for human or animal medicines, or for medical devices, the TOPRA 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

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 regulatory affairs; our twice yearly Intro courses are multi-day classes covering regulatory affairs in much greater depth. 

Upcoming Basics courses

Begin DateTitleDescriptionCityCountry
23/06/2020Essentials of European Medical Device Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic, comprehensive overview of regulatory requirements and considerations for medical devices in a relaxed and interactive environment. OnlineMEDBAS620
06/08/2020Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic, comprehensive grounding in regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment. OnlineBAS0820
12/11/2020Essentials of European Medical Device Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic, comprehensive overview of regulatory requirements and considerations for medical devices in a relaxed and interactive environment.DublinIrelandMDBASIRE20
24/11/2020Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory AffairsThis course will provide a basic, comprehensive grounding in regulatory affairs in a relaxed and interactive environment.LondonUnited KingdomBAS1120

Upcoming in-depth Intro courses

Begin DateTitleDescriptionCityCountry
06/07/2020The 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. OnlineINTROMD20
17/11/2020The Autumn Introductory Course (Pharmaceuticals)An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs (Module 0 of the MSc Regulatory Affairs). 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.BerlinGermanyIC22020