Professional training is available through The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) , including an MSc in Regulatory Affairs. This part-time course is aimed at those with some experience in the field of regulatory affairs.
Cranfield University also offers a part-time MSc Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs (also available at PgCert and PgDip level) in collaboration with TOPRA. The course is designed to fit around work commitments and is aimed at professionals working in healthcare regulatory affairs or related areas.
Membership of relevant professional bodies such as TOPRA can be useful for career development and networking opportunities.
Keeping up to date with developments in scientific research and development and regulatory matters is a key aspect of all regulatory affairs roles. As well as special events and conferences, TOPRA provides continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities through its CRED (Continuing Regulatory Education and Development) programme. This offers one-day workshops covering areas such as:
It is also important to read the specialist press, such as The Pharmaceutical Journal (see PJ Online ), InPharm and Regulatory Rapporteur (monthly journal of TOPRA), to keep up to date with industry news and issues.
In-house training opportunities vary depending on the employer; some professionals may receive training and support from a more experienced colleague.
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