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Regulatory Scientist


A regulatory scientist is responsible for the management and strategy of a product through the regulatory process. They are responsible for conducting studies and then communicating their findings to regulatory agencies both in the US and in other countries to ensure the safety of crops, chemistry and other products consumers use.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Conduct molecular biology studies needed to complete dossiers for crop approvals
  • Plan and execute screening and characterization studies needed in order to obtain regulatory approval
  • Communicate with regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad
  • Provide detailed reports on study results to regulatory agencies
  • Overcome technical issues that may arise with studies conducted
  • Develop policies and lead program implementation in order to be compliant with regulations
  • Plan and conduct grower trainings on product usage and disposal
  • Design and conduct studies in order to assure product safety and effectiveness
  • Develop biochemical tests to identify and quantify proteins associated with biotechnology traits
  • Use bioinformatics to determine the next generation of DNA sequencing data
  • Keep thorough records of data gathered
  • Ensure studies go along with guidelines used to determine validity
  • Develop and track budget for studies conducted


What education and training is required?

A bachelor’s degree in plant biology, genetics, biochemistry or related fields.  Professional education in an area such as agricultural law may be required. 


To pursue a career as a regulatory scientist:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science, chemistry and biology, and mathematics.   


Where can I work?

Regulatory scientists are often employed by companies/organizations that do biotechnology and breeding research. They can also be employed by the government and universities.    


Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for regulatory scientists will be good over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Regulatory Affairs Professional Society
  • American Genetic Association
  • BIO- Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • American Agricultural Law Association 
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