Biotechnology Regulatory Compliance - What you need to do and know to stay at the top of your game

  1. Develop a personal learning plan
  2. Know the biotechnology regulatory framework before implementing your learning plan

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Whether you are a biotechnology professional or an employer, it's vital to keep learning to stay at the top of your game. Continuous learning helps you fast-track your career, upgrade your global marketability, stay current on the latest advancement of biotechnology, and inspire professional confidence.

While guiding you through the steps to professional development, this article provides the key information you need to know in the biotechnology regulatory landscape to help you create a personal learning plan.

5 steps to Professional development for biotechnology personnel - Helping you become an exceptional leader, a valued team member, and an outstanding contributor in the workplace

Professional development

  1. Have a growth mindset
  2. Life science companies are rethinking and recalibrating their strategies based on the key regulatory compliance trends in the industry.

    For example, consider the following trend that is identified in Deloitte's Global life sciences report. 'In 2019, the life sciences sector will see a strategic rise of the digital mindset and further adoption of transformative technologies'.

    To pursue their core mission and achieve compliance, organizations are turning to compliance modernization. Deloitte's 2019 life sciences regulatory outlook states the following:


    How should such strategic transformations of life science companies affect you as a biotech professional? To stay at the top of the game, you need to keep pace with the rapid changes, new regulations and current requirements. It is vital for you to "think forward" and cultivate a growth mindset. You need to have a learning plan.

    To create a learning plan, you will need to assess:

    Your current skills - Do you have the skills that are sufficient for your current role? Do they align with the organizationb's priorities, vision and mission?

    Your past skills - Are there skills that helped you in the past and can be put to use in your current role? Are there skills that need to be sharpened or updated?

    Your future skills - What skills will you grow your career? What would your employer, customer, colleague or supplier want you to be good at?

  3. Design a personal development plan
  4. After the assessment, in the personal development plan include

    • What do you want to learn? - For example, Risk & Control Monitoring, Risk Metrics & Reporting, Control Framework & self-assurance, Policy Management & Regulatory Adherence, Technology Risk Metrics, Data intelligence or some other relevant biotech specific area
    • What strategy will you apply to learn? - Attend training sessions, seminars, webinars, subscribe to industry newsletters
    • What measurement metrics will you tell you when you are successful?
    • By what target date, timeline will you learn?
  5. Make connections
  6. Proactively seek professional development by subscribing to appropriate publications, online training, and weekend study programs, through your employer, or a professional training body. Join forums and network with industry professionals.

    Here are a few examples of groups and places you can make connections

    Biotech in-person seminars are a great place to meet like-minded professionals

    LinkedIn Groups for Biotechnology professionals - medical device, drug manufacturing etc.

  7. Discuss issues and regulations impacting the industry
  8. Discuss issues and regulations impacting your industry in your network. Recommend solutions, generate user ideas, thoughts and feedback. Showcase your applied knowledge and skills through thought-leadership content and perspectives. Let the networking be a give and take process.

  9. Explore free biotechnology resources. Get formal training
  10. Check with your manager if you can get help with on-the-job formal training without compromising on your current day to day responsibilities. The Biotech Regulatory Compliance Training - Live Webinars, Recordings & CDs are a great source.

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    Below is information you need to know with regard to the biotechnology regulatory landscape.

The Biotechnology Regulatory framework

3 Agencies work together to ensure regulatory compliance to let us use to safely use the benefits of biotech. The regulations also help in developing and using biotech products and services. Regulations apply to the production, sale, and use of biotech products.

Biotechnology Regulatory framework

  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture
  2. This agency was created in the year 1862. Its purpose is to make agriculture safe to grow. The regulation of plant pests, plants and veterinary biologics is by this agency. Examples include any medical preparation made from living organisms or products such as insulin and vaccines.

    For companies to obtain permissions for its products, the agency has a permission process that includes:

    • Many years of field trials
    • Petition for deregulation (plant pest consequences, risk to other organisms, weed consequences)
    • "Fast track" or "Notification" process.
  3. Environmental Protection Agency
  4. This agency was established in the year 1970. Its mission is to protect human health and the environment. To accomplish its mission, the agency develops and enforces regulations, provide grants, studies environmental issues to solve them, work with sponsor organizations to protect the environment, teach people about the environment, and publishes information through written materials on the website.

  5. Food and Drug Administration
  6. This agency consults with companies to produce safe products. If food or additive poses no predictable threat, it is given a status known as generally-recognized-as-safe (GRAS).

    The Drug Approval Process

    • GLPs - regulations governing animal studies
    • GCPs - regulations governing human studies
    • After animal trials- apply for Investigational New Drug status (IND)
    • Phase I(safety)-20 to 80 healthy people; determine ADME
    • Phase II(efficacy)-100 to 300 patients
    • Phase III- 1,000 to 3,000 patients in double blinded tests
    • Only 20% make it to NDA
    • EXCEPTION- fast track status to drugs that counter biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism and orphan drugs

    Legislation and Regulation

    Philosophical values vs scientific evidence

    • Stem Cell Research
    • Labeling Biotech products

    Where to find regulations pertaining to your job roles or specific area

    To perform your job well and grow professionally you need to read the regulations pertaining to your job roles or specific area periodically even if you have read it before.


    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Environmental Protection Agency

    Food and Drug Administration

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