Where Are All the Regulatory Affairs Professionals?
With the introduction of services such as LinkedIn and Xing finding jobs or being recruited has become a lot easier. In a way, this can be an employer’s nightmare, especially in a field like Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance where the workloads are increasing due to new regulations (see our article in Pharma Exec), but the number of qualified personnel is decreasing.
A 2014 survey of European recruitment and staffing trends in the life sciences sector (1) found that Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, along with Sales & Marketing, and Research & Development, are now the main growth disciplines. Regulatory Affairs was the main growth area for more than half of medical devices organisations, and was similarly a major focus for pharma and biotech organisations across Europe.
But the same survey also identified a gap in the available talent pool. A deeper look revealed a growing concern among life sciences employers that failure to keep employees stimulated and motivated could result in key people moving on. For example, ensuring that content of labeling material is correct, up to date and compliant with the latest guidelines requires the skills of highly qualified RA and QA professionals who often have doctorates and years of experience. But does it really make sense their precious time to spend long hours comparing texts not just word by word but letter by letter! This is what they actually have to do to prevent errors which could lead to recalls or even worse. These manual tasks are demotivating and a poor use of qualified professionals’ time. The cost per hour of time spent on non-value-adding administrative checks doesn’t just include that person’s salary. It also includes tax, benefits, insurance, holidays, office space, training, recruitment costs and more, which can more than double the gross salary figure (see blog: True Cost of Manual Proofreading).
But what is to be done when attention to detail is everything, and the risks are so high?
In these situations, technology (like the Text Verification Tool® TVT) saves the day, alleviating heavily repetitive manual tasks so that skilled employees can use their time and talents more constructively.
Although software can never take the place of a human expert in its ability to understand the differences meaning but it will reduce the time to find these to almost nothing and dramatically reduce the rounds of checks - releasing time for the specialists to focus on more challenging and rewarding tasks which lead to more job satisfaction and less turnover.
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