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Career Path: Regulatory Affairs Officer

What is regulatory affairs?

Regulatory affairs is a relatively new profession compared to other pharmaceutical roles. It encompasses all regulatory procedures relating to the safety and effectiveness of various pharmaceutical products. For example, before a medicine can be released, it will have to be approved by the relevant regulatory body. It will have to adhere to strict guidelines at every step of production, from the packaging to the continued monitoring of any adverse side effects that may be detected.


What does a regulatory affairs officer do?

A regulatory affairs officer will…

  • present arguments to obtain licence variations
  • work to tight deadlines
  • carry out audits on various pharmaceutical organisations and products
  • analyse product data
  • negotiate with regulatory authorities
  • stay up to date with legislation and best practices


How to progress your career in regulatory affairs

There are several ways to gain additional experience and skills while working in regulatory affairs.

  • Work experience - If you’re still studying towards a university honours degree, you could take advantage of work placements to get a leg up when it comes to applying for regulatory affairs roles in the future. Work placements are great for gaining industry experience in your chosen area and will look good on your CV.

  • Certifications - If you’re looking to progress from an entry-level role, you could improve on your current experience by undertaking a related qualification such as the TOPRA certification (The Organisation for Professions in Regulatory Affairs).

  • Mentoring – If a more senior-level position, such as a manager or senior manager, is next for you, you will need to demonstrate the necessary skills in effective communication and leadership. Mentoring junior colleagues can help your chances when applying for these roles.


What is the career path of a regulatory affairs officer?

A regulatory affairs officer can expect to work towards the following roles:

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


Regulatory affairs salary expectations

Regulatory affairs roles range from £20,000 per year for entry level positions to £100,000 for the most senior positions.


Find a job in regulatory affairs

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) is a specialist recruiter for regulatory affairs roles. We regularly network with regulatory affairs professionals all over the world to ensure we are always up to date with the latest legislation.

If you’re looking for your next role in regulatory affairs, use our job search to find a variety of job listings, from entry level positions to more senior roles.

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