Regulatory Scientist

A regulatory scientist is responsible for managing a product throughout the regulatory process. Products that are sold in the United States are subject to certain regulations based on government requirements. Regulatory scientists are responsible for conducting studies and then communicating their findings to regulatory agencies both in the U.S. and in other countries to ensure the safety and claims of crops, chemicals and other products consumers use.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Conduct molecular biology studies needed to complete profiles for crop approvals
  • Plan and execute screening and characterization studies
  • Communicate with regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad
  • Work closely with other staff to ensure processes match those documented
  • Provide detailed reports on study results to regulatory agencies
  • Develop policies and lead program implementation to be compliant with regulations
  • Plan and conduct grower trainings on product usage and disposal
  • Design and conduct studies to assure product safety and effectiveness
  • Develop biochemical tests to identify and quantify proteins associated with biotechnology traits
  • Keep thorough records of data gathered and maintain these reports in department database
  • Stay up to date with government regulations
  • Act as a liaison across teams in the organization
  • Ensure studies follow guidelines used to determine validity
  • Develop and track budgets for studies conducted

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • statistics
  • mathematics
  • focus on sciences such as animal science, plant science, chemistry and biology

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in plant biology, genetics, biochemistry, toxicology or a related field is required. Additionally, regulatory scientist may earn a college degree in regulatory affairs. Professional education in an area such as agricultural law may be required for more senior-level positions.

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