New Collaboration To Help Medical Technology Sector ‘Master’ Regulatory Affairs


A new education collaboration involving NUI Galway, Institute of Technology, Sligo and the Irish Medical Devices Association Skillnet is set to significantly enhance the ability of Irish Companies in filling regulatory and quality assurance roles.

The Masters in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs is a new online blended learning programme and the first of its kind in Ireland.

The programme was formally launched by representatives of NUI Galway and IT Sligo at the IMDA and Plastics Ireland networking event in Sligo on Tuesday as part of the National Start Up Gathering Week.

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 the IMDA’s Regulatory and Quality Working Group.

The course will enable Regulatory Affairs 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.

“The Medical Technology industry is one of the most important growth areas in the Irish economy,” said Terry Smith, Professor of Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI, Galway “The whole area of Regulatory Affairs is critical to the future success of this highly regulated industry, and to the continued growth of the Irish economy.”

“This new programme addresses a gap in the training of regulatory affairs personnel in Ireland,” said Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of IT Sligo. “Because it is an online programme, we look forward to it becoming the flagship offering in education for Regulatory Affairs programmes, not just nationally, but also internationally in due course.”

The new programme, which commenced in September, is delivered part-time over two years. The first year of the programme has been funded by the IMDA which has also helped ensure significant industry input into the course content.

More information on the new MSc in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs is available here.

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Professor Vincent Cunnane – President IT Sligo, Sinead Keogh – Director, MedTech & Engineering, Terry Smith – Professor of Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI Galway, launching the new MSc in Medical Technology Regulatory Affairs at the Medtech & Plastics Ireland Start Up Gathering event in Sligo.