Regulatory Affairs jobs in the pharmaceutical industry


by UK Careers - Date: 2007-08-21 - Word Count: 349 Share This!

The pharmaceutical industry in the UK remains a prosperous place to pursue a career. After all, people will always be ill! More than any other country in the world, the pharmaceutical industry is exceptionally tightly regulated, to the benefit of you, the patient. There are some horror stories in history, such as Thalidomide, where things haven't gone as they should with great human implications. Fortunately, these cases are rare in the UK.

Regulatory affairs is the depart which sits between the regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical company to ensure these strict regulations are met to maintain the highest levels of safety.

Here's some facts you may wish to know about regulatory affairs jobs in the pharmaceutical industry
Approval is required for everything from new medicines for people, for animals, complementary medicines, pesticides, medical devices and anything which is used in UK Healthcare.
Approval is required when anything changes. New dosages, new uses.
Strict approvals are required to determine what you can say about a product and how it is packaged and labelled.
To enter Regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry you will need a science degree, a life science is probably best
Starting salaries range between £20,000 and £25,000
Career salaries can rise up above £70,000
Pharmaceutical jobs generally include excellent benefits packages such as pension schemes and private healthcare schemes.
Most companies will provide in-house training although training is also available through the The Association of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA).
You will need to be able to work under pressure and to deadlines. Until a product is properly through the approval process, they can't make any money out of it....this tends to increase the heat a little when you are trying to push for approval!

If you are technically minded and have a good science degree, a career in regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry can be both enjoyable and rewarding with excellent prospects of progression. However, it's not for the faint hearted as often the role is performed under intense pressure from people who need your results before they can even start to achieve theirs.

good luck

This article is written by John Bult of Regulatory Affairs Jobs

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