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Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and Quality (Certificate)



Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and Quality (Certificate) is course run by NUI Galway – Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development, Galway. It is a 'Online Learning' course . Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and Quality (Certificate) gives a Course Qualification of Award / Certificate, awarded by National University of Ireland Galway. For more information about Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and Quality (Certificate) at NUI Galway – Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development, please review the details below.

The Level 8 Certificate in Medical Technologies Regulatory Affairs and Quality provides students with an introduction to the core elements of the product development lifecycle and the associated role of a Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and/or Quality professional. The programme ensures that students acquire a good, fundamental understanding of all applicable regulations and skills to address the ever-changing environment of Medical Technologies Regulatory Affairs and Quality.

The Level 8 Certificate in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs and Quality programme has been specifically designed to meet the growing requirements of medical technology companies in filling regulatory and quality assurance roles. The impetus for the development of this specialist programme emerged from industry needs and the content has been developed jointly by NUI Galway and IT Sligo, in conjunction with external professionals and industry practitioners who have all the required expertise, knowledge, skills and experience to deliver the education and training required to the highest international standards.

The course will link the existing regulations to regulatory requirements and how those requirements are executed across the medical device lifecycle, for example; how to develop technical documentation for regulatory submissions (regulatory affairs professionals), how to perform vigilance post market surveillance requirements (Vigilance specialist), core quality management standards and requirements (QA or Compliance Specialist) and testing requirements to demonstrate safety and efficacy of a medical device (R&D Engineer). 

The programme aims are to:

  • Provide participants with a fundamental grounding in medical device regulatory and quality requirements.
  • Provide necessary training to convert personnel with life sciences qualifications to transition into specialist roles in medical technology quality assurance and/or regulatory affairs functions and upskill medical technology professionals in the regulatory framework in their existing roles.
  • Foster participants’ intellectual development and develop skills to work and communicate effectively through various media

The Certificate course is also available for students to undertake in a modular format. Students undertaking the modular programme can select any individual module or combination of modules from the six modules in one year.  Students must complete all six modules within six years, to obtain a Level 8 certificate award.

The course will enable Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance personnel in the Medical Technology industry to understand all current device and diagnostic regulations and to develop the skills necessary to address and prepare for the ever-changing global environment of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants receive an NFQ Level 8 award of 30 credits.

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Training ProviderNUI Galway – Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development
Course LocationGalway
Course TypeOnline Learning
Course QualificationAward / Certificate
Awarding BodyNational University of Ireland Galway
Course Start Date1st September 2020
Course Fee4,500(Non EU €8,000)
Entry RequirementsStudents with a Level 7 or higher qualification in science or engineering are eligible for this Level 8 programme. Students with a Level 7 or higher qualification in a non-technical subject area but who hold a minimum of two years’ relevant medtech industrial experience in regulatory affairs or quality are also eligible to apply.
Carear PathThis programme will equip graduates with essential knowledge and skills to work in a Regulatory Affairs environment within the global Medical Technology industry sector. It has been specifically designed to meet the growing requirements of medical technology companies in filling regulatory and quality assurance roles. The impetus for the development of this specialist programme emerged from industry needs and the content has been developed in conjunction with a taskforce comprised of regulatory experts from industry and industry practitioners. Regulatory Affairs within the medical technology products sector is a relatively young, multidimensional profession that is international in scope. Operationally, a Regulatory Affairs professional is responsible for ensuring that pertinent government obligations, market-driven demands, and evolving scientific conventions are understood and addressed by various stakeholders of the medical and health care system. Given the evolving nature of international regulations, a regulatory affairs professional must continually grow their knowledge and skills to be effective and to advance in their careers. Regulatory professionals at all career and experience levels are involved in activities throughout the product lifecycle, and are involved to some degree in bridging the gap between regulatory-related functions and organisation and business activities. The Irish MedTech Association (IMA) asked senior MedTech industry executives to identify the current number of employees required to meet current skills demand, as well as forecasted number of employees required in MedTech organisations up to 2020. The IMA report (2017) has estimated that 4,000 additional Medical Technologies jobs will be added by 2020, with a 43% increase in staff numbers in the regulatory affairs functions and 17% in Quality roles. Over 30,000 people are employed in the highly successful and growing Irish Medical Technology industry sector, representing one of the leading global hubs of MedTech industries.
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