Is Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs (PSRA) A Good Career?

Little Pro on 2019-07-25

PSRA usually stands for Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs. Sometimes, PS also means Product Stewardship. Many multi-national chemical, pesticide, pharmaceutical, consumer products and food companies provide full-time PSRA job to science graduates to ensure their products comply with product safety regulations in a destination market. As a veteran with more than 12 years' PSRA experience in chemicals industry, I would like to share with you why PSRA jobs are important and whether it can be a good career for you.

Why Are PSRA Jobs Necessary?

Chemical, pesticide, pharmaceutical, consumer products and food industries are highly regulated industries. You cannot place your product on a market unless you have ensured that the product has met all regulatory requirements (i.e, registration, testing,  labeling and info communication) which are set to protect either workers, consumers or the environment. As regulations are always changing and product safety technical requirements become more stringent, you must hire full-time PSRA professionals to tackle the challenges, protect the reputation of your products and company, and minimize business risks.

Remember: compliance and safety should be the no.1 priory for your company. If you really believe in so, please hire at least 1-2 full-time PSRA people. If you cannot afford too many in-house PSRA experts, you may also get some help from professional consultancy firms.

Is PSRA Job A Good Career?

Personally I have enjoyed working as a PSRA professional in both consultancy firm and industry for a decade. So my answer to this question is a firm "yes". Firstly, it provides a good self-fulfillment because you must constantly learn new regulations, technical knowledge and improve your communication and advocacy skills. The only way to avoid getting bored with this job or any job is to learn new stuff and make yourself a better expert. It is not an easy job that can easily be replaced by computers. Secondly, you will feel that you are doing the right thing to protect people and the environment. I am always proud of talking about the value we bring to our business.

How to Apply for PSRA Jobs?

If you have a science degree in chemistry, biology, toxicology, environmental science or related degree, you now possess the minimum qualification for PSRA jobs. If you are a fresh graduate, it is strongly recommended that you apply from company website or Linkedin. If you are an experienced expert, you may use Linkedin or headhunters. 

You may try the following keywords.

  • Regulatory affairs
  • Product safety
  • Product stewardship
  • Product compliance
  • Regulatory consultant
  • PSRA
  • Registration
  • Sustainability
  • Technical expert
  • Toxicologist

Remember: All highly regulated industries such as chemical, pesticide, pharmaceutical, consumer products and food industries are hiring. Do not get frustrated if you have not got 1 job yet. Some of those hiring companies are listed as follows. We will provide a complete list in a separate article. 

  • Chemicals: BASF, Dow, DuPont, Exxonmobil, Merck, PPG, Givaudan
  • Pesticides: Syngenta, Bayer, Corteva, FMC
  • Phama: Pfizer, Novartis, Roche, AstraZeneca, Gilead, 
  • Consumer products: P&G, L'oreal, Golgate, Unilever, LVMH
  • Food: Coca-cola, Pepsi, Nestle, Mondel─ôz

In addition, CROs and consultany firms such as Chars-River, ERM, Dr Knoell and Exponent are also hiring.

If you would like to find out the job descriptions of real PSRA jobs in chemical industry, please go to our partner website ChemicalWatch Jobs. 

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