RA scope and concept


New Member
Nov 9, 2007
Although many Regulatory affairs professionals are likely to have a degree in a scientific or technical field, a specific educational background does not appear to guarantee a successful career in regulatory affairs. Whereas a degree in engineering or the life sciences may seem more applicable to most regulated industry positions, individuals with businesss or liberal arts degrees also are successful regulatory affairs professionals.

Most of the Regulatory affairs professionals move into the regulatory field after receiving advice, recommendations or inspiration from other regulatory affairs professionals. Most science graduates are unaware of the career possibilities that regulatory affairs offer. In majority of the cases, knowledgeable college professors dealing in biology, chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering and other sciences introduce the concept and scope of regulatory affairs clinical studies, device classification and approval process to their students.
It is commonly believed that most individuals move into regulatory affairs after working in their given industry in another capacity such as research and development or manufacturing, or were recent college graduates who "fell" into the job. Most professionals feel that individuals who sought out the profession were few and far between.
However, certain surveys have proved these assumptions to be false. The number of professionals following the aforementioned career paths was about equal according to the survey. :eek: