Director Regularity Affairs

Continued innovation within the Life Sciences industry is resulting in new and improved variations of medical and healthcare products. Helping to ensure these products meet the legislative requirements needed for commercialisation is the role of a Director of Regulatory Affairs. At Meet, we understand how crucial Regulatory Affairs Directors are to companies and the wider population. 

A Director of Regulatory Affairs is the vital link between the pharmaceutical company, the products it develops and the regulatory authorities. They oversee the necessary licensing, marketing, and compliance for the medical products before they reach the market. 

Throughout the development of a product, a Director of Regulatory Affairs creates and leads a team through a regulatory strategy. In addition, due to the seniority of the role, they will be tasked with more complex regulatory assignments of different scales. 

Below is a list of some of the products a Director of Regulatory Affairs will work on:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • veterinary medicines
  • complementary medicines
  • agrochemicals
  • pesticides
  • therapeutic devices
  • diagnostic devices
  • cosmetics

Individuals within this role are commercially driven, combining their science, legal, and business expertise. A Director of Regulatory Affairs is passionate about making a difference, transforming businesses, and improving patients' lives. Ultimately, it is a highly regarded position sought after by clients and candidates alike. 

Responsibilities of a Director of Regulatory Affairs

Depending on the employer, a Director of Regulatory Affairs is responsible for the following:

  • Developing and implementing regulatory strategies.
  • Work with unlicensed medicines and EAP products.
  • Leading client phasing interactions and contributing to the company‚Äôs business development growth.
  • Collaboration with Contract Research Organisations (CROs) and stakeholders.
  • Ensure a company's products are regulatory compliant with the regions where distribution is intended
  • Collate and analyse data specific to the project
  • Compile clear arguments and explanations for new and developing product licences and licence renewals
  • Prepare licence variations and renewal submissions to strict deadlines
  • Monitor and set timelines for licences and renewals
  • Write clear product labels and patient information leaflets
  • Develop product trials and interpret the data from the trials
  • Provide advice to scientists and manufacturers on the latest regulatory requirements
  • Give strategic advice to senior management throughout the development and implementation of a new or existing product
  • Project managing teams involved in the development and implementation of new and current products
  • Manage and carry out regulatory inspections
  • Review company practices and provide recommendations on changes to systems and processes 
  • Liaise and present to regulatory authorities
  • Negotiate with regulatory authorities for marketing authorisation
  • Support in the development of marketing concepts and approve packaging and advertising before a product is launched


Skills and experience needed

Talent best suited to the Director of Regulatory Affairs role will be required to have the below skills and experience: 


  • Expert knowledge of legal and scientific subject matters
  • Thorough understanding of drug development
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Efficient IT skills, specifically relating to databases and commercial software
  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Confidence to report and communicate to management
  • Teamwork and leadership skills 
  • Project-management skills
  • Work to high standards with a professional approach to work
  • Extensive regulatory experience within the biopharmaceutical industry or health authority experience
  • Experience managing complex regulatory deliverables across projects/products



Any Director of Regulatory Affairs will be expected to have the below qualifications: 

A BS/MS degree or postgraduate qualification in Life Sciences, biological science pharmacy, or other health-related discipline is preferred. This could include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Biomedical science
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical and physical sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy.

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