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Regulatory Affairs - Sciences

Algonquin College
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

Program description

Regulatory Affairs - Sciences

Pursue a career in protecting the safety of people and the environment.

The Regulatory Affairs - Sciences Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides you with the skills and knowledge to pursue an entry-level career in industry and government regulatory agencies in Canada.

The regulation of products in industries such as healthcare, biotechnology, food, industrial chemical and agrochemical is of international concern. The resulting increase in regulation has driven the demand for qualified individuals in regulatory affairs.

With a focus on protecting the safety of people and the environment, professionals in this field have a positive impact on the public good.

Understand the regulatory environment in Canada, including the socioeconomic aspects of:

  • Regulations across industries
  • How to interpret and apply regulations
  • How to develop and manage regulatory submissions

Learn project management and communications skills, and assess regulatory compliance and the frameworks that govern processes and products.

Graduates of this program have a strong understanding of regulation generally but develop a detailed understanding of regulation for protecting public, worker and environmental health and safety in the areas of:

  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Agrochemicals
  • Industrial chemicals, including in manufacturing and consumer products

Admission requirements

Program eligibility

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent.

International applicants must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: (IELTS / TOEFL) IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 90, with the minimum in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 24.

Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.

Success factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Are adept at analytical and critical thinking and are detail-oriented.
  • Are inquisitive and able to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Effectively conduct research and analyze findings.
  • Possess effective leadership skills.
  • Have a strong interest in protecting the safety of people and the environment.

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Program content

Level 01

  • Project Management
  • Governance and Policy Instruments
  • Regulation Theory
  • Regulation Design
  • Scientific Communication for Public Policy
  • Science and Risk Assessment in Regulation

Level 02

  • Critical Data Analysis in Regulation
  • Socioeconomics of Regulation Design
  • Regulatory Processes
  • Pre-Market Regulatory Submission
  • Submission Evaluation and Post-Market Analysis

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the college website.

Tuition fees

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Learning outcomes

  • Optimize processes, practices and products by interpreting and assessing the role of regulatory affairs in the healthcare, food, agrochemical and industrial chemical industries.
  • Relate the roles and responsibilities of regulatory professionals in industry and government to explain their purposes to stakeholders.
  • Distinguish between Canadian and international regulatory environments to anticipate the results of international harmonization.
  • Ensure compliance with established regulations and laws that govern processes and products as per Canadian policies and professional standards.
  • Prepare and evaluate components of regulatory submissions and supplemental documentation for products within the pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotechnology, agrochemical or industrial chemical sectors.
  • Evaluate a wide range of data analyses to support decisions in the regulatory process.
  • Anticipate the potential impact of regulatory changes to provide risk-mitigating recommendations.
  • Conduct socio-economic impact analyses regarding the introduction of new products or policies on relevant industries and society.
  • Apply collaborative project management principles, leadership techniques and effective communication to ensure the timely and successful completion of projects.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Continuing studies

Graduates with degrees are encouraged to apply for Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) opportunities.

Career opportunities

Graduates are well positioned for a variety of entry-level employment opportunities in the regulatory affairs sector. Positions may include but are not restricted to regulatory affairs officers, associates, analysts and consultants, regulatory compliance officers and consultants, and quality assurance specialists and administrators in the various regulated industries. Depending on the type of prior industry experience and credentials held, graduates may rise into positions with increasing levels of responsibility.

Employment may be found in organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors.

About this institute

Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario


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