Regulatory Affairs Specialist – Medical Device / Labeling

Abbott Laboratories
October 4, 2020
Santa Clara, CA
Job Type


Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Main Purpose of Role:

As an individual contributor, the function of a Regulatory Affairs Specialist is to provide support for the regulatory department to ensure efficient and compliant business processes and environment. The individual may execute tasks and exercise influence generally at the middle management level. The individual may assist in the registration of products by preparing and submitting documentation needed for registration worldwide.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.
  • Core job responsibilities for this function may include: Strategic Planning:
    • Assist in SOP development and review.
  • Provide regulatory input to product lifecycle planning.
  • Assist in the development of regional regulatory strategy and update strategy based upon regulatory changes.
  • Understand and investigate regulatory history/background of class, disease/ therapeutic/diagnostic context in order to assess regulatory implications for approval.
  • Determine trade issues to anticipate regulatory obstacles.
  • Determine and communicate submission and approval requirements.
  • Participate in risk-benefit analysis for regulatory compliance pre-market:
  • Monitor applications under regulatory review.
  • Evaluate proposed pre-clinical, clinical and manufacturing changes for regulatory filing strategies.
  • Assist in preparation and review of regulatory submission to authorities post-market:
  • Maintain annual licenses, registrations, listings and patent information
  • Assist compliance with product postmarketing approval requirements.
  • Assist in the review of advertising and promotional items.
  • Assess external communications relative to regulations.
  • Review regulatory aspects of contracts.
  • Assist with label development and review for compliance before release.
  • Submit and review change controls to determine the level of change and consequent submission requirements.
  • Contribute to the development and functioning of the crisis/ issue management program.
  • Ensure product safety issues and product-associated events are reported to regulatory agencies.
  • Provide regulatory input for product recalls and recall communications Job specific responsibilities may include (choose applicable areas and expand as appropriate).
  • Medical writing
    • Advertising and promotion
    • Labeling
    • Controlled substances (e.g.
  • DEA)
    • Restricted substances (e.g.
  • REACH)
    • Compendial / standards
    • Import / export
    • Country specific regulatory support.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent); Bachelor's degree in science (biology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, medical technology, pharmacy, pharmacology), math, engineering, or medical fields is preferred. Certification is a plus (such as RAC from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.)  
  • 2-3 years experience in a regulated industry (e.g., medical products, nutritionals). Regulatory area is preferred but may consider quality assurance, research and development/support, scientific affairs, operations, or related area.

Note: Higher education may compensate for years of experience. Background / Skills / Knowledge Regulatory Knowledge of (as applicable):

  • Regulatory history, guidelines, policies, standards, practices, requirements and precedents
  • Regulatory agency structure, processes and key personnel
  • Principles and requirements of applicable product laws
  • Submission/registration types and requirements
  • GxPs (GCPs, GLPs, GMPs)
  • Principles and requirements of promotion, advertising and labeling
  • Domestic and international regulatory guidelines, policies and regulations
  • Ethical guidelines of the regulatory profession, clinical research and regulatory process
  • Note: This knowledge may be developed through tenure in this position.

Communication Skills or Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Communicate with diverse audiences and personnel
  • Write and edit technical documents
  • Work with cross-functional teams
  • Work with people from various disciplines and cultures
  • Write and edit technical documents

Negotiate internally Cognitive Skills or Ability to:

  • Pay strong attention to detail
  • Manage projects
  • Create project plans and timelines
  • Think analytically and critically
  • Organize and track complex information
  • Exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Has a sound knowledge of a variety of alternatives and their impact on the business
  • Apply business and regulatory ethical standards

Preferred Experience, Education, etc.:

  • 3 - 5(+) years' Regulatory Affairs work experience (CE mark, 510(k)), from hematology and/or medical device companies/industries.
  • Labeling (in relation to medical devices)
  • Adobe FrameMaker and/or Adobe InDesign experience (2 - 3 years' experience, in each)
  • Technical Files (in relation to medical devices)
  • Medical Writing (in relation to medical devices)
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