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How to Progress your Regulatory Affairs Career

Regulatory Affairs is an essential function within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. The role of the Regulatory Affairs function is to ensure that all developed products are safe and effective for use. The term “products” in this sense encompasses a wide range of commodities which include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics and chemicals/biocides.

Looking for the next step in your career? Click below to browse our current opportunities within Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.

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Typical Regulatory Affairs career progression options

Typical career progression opportunities within Regulatory Affairs could look like:

  • Regulatory Officer/ Executive / Associate
  • Senior Associate
  • Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Director
  • Senior Director
  • Head of Department
  • Vice President

A Regulatory Affairs role will vary depending on the level of seniority. However, a few examples of what a role within this sector could entail are set out below:

  • Ensuring all developed products comply with regulations
  • Preparing dossiers and technical files for submissions
  • Managing the submission through and any post-marketing activities i.e. post-market surveillance/remediation
  • Communicating with regulatory bodies
  • Gathering, analysing and evaluating key information


Typical Regulatory Affairs roles

Typical roles within the Regulatory Affairs sector are:

  • Regulatory Affairs Associate
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Consultant
  • Regulatory Affairs Director / Head of Regulatory Affairs


How can you progress your Regulatory Affairs Career?

If you are looking to progress your career within Regulatory Affairs you will need to have excellent communication skills, a keen interest in learning and great attention to detail in your work.

In addition to these characteristics, there are several extra duties you can undertake to help advance your career:

  1. Gain mentoring experience (senior-level positions)
    If you are looking to move into a senior-level position, it is recommended that you gain mentoring experience. As you climb up the hierarchical ladder, the more responsibilities you will be given and this will include sharing your knowledge and best practice with junior level candidates. It’s important to have the necessary skills to effectively communicate your knowledge and experience to trainees; enabling them to become proficient within their role.

  2. Stakeholder management experience
    Regulatory Affairs professionals are essentially the bridge between employers, their products and the regulatory bodies. As a result, candidates need to be able to communicate effectively with key stakeholders and develop positive relationships. Gathering this type of experience will only come via direct interactions with stakeholders. However, your knowledge and experiences will grow over time.  

  3. The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) certification
    TOPRA is the professional membership organisation which represents and supports individuals working within Regulatory Affairs. TOPRA also provides CPD certifications for professionals working within the sector. This can be beneficial for your career progression as it can improve your capabilities and help you realise your career goals much quicker.

  4. Sandwich placements
    A sandwich placement is a work experience opportunity for university students. Essentially, this opportunity allows a student to work in a specific industry for a set period. This enables you to gain exposure to your chosen career and apply your knowledge and skills to a real work environment.

Looking for a new role in Regulatory Affairs?

If you would like to find out more about our current vacancies within Regulatory Affairs, contact our team on  +44 (0)1625 361 072 / hayley@carrotpharma.co.uk

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What are the barriers to a career in Regulatory Affairs?

There are several obstacles candidates may need to overcome to enter the industry:

  1. A Life Sciences degree is a mandatory requirement to enter the Regulatory Affairs sector for most companies.
  2. There is a lot of competition within the industry itself. As a result, not all candidates are successful in their application.
  3. Lack of product experience can hinder your chances to enter the industry.


Can you transition into the Regulatory Affairs sector without previous experience?

If you are looking to transition into a role within Regulatory Affairs, it is highly recommended that you have experience within a related industry i.e. quality assurance, quality control, compliance etc. This enables candidates to gather practical experience in drug development and gain a better understanding of all associated processes involved.

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A career within Regulatory Affairs can be a rewarding one. In addition, if you’re passionate about science and drug development you’ll gain a lot of exposure and insight into the full lifecycle of the products. If you possess these key attributes mentioned previously and are passionate about the industry, a career within this versatile sector may be ideal for you. Visit our jobs page to browse our live vacancies.

If you would like to find out more about our current opportunities, contact Hayley to discuss the next steps in your career:




Talk to us

If you would like an informal chat to discuss your career progression opportunities, our specialist recruitment consultant, Hayley Shayestehroo, will be happy to help. She can be contacted on:

+44 (0)1625 361 072 / hayley@carrotpharma.co.uk