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New drugs and medical devices need to navigate the complex maze of clinical trials and regulatory approval before they can go to market. In the process, a myriad regulatory documents need to be drawn up. With increasing numbers of drugs and medical devices being submitted for approval, there is a growing demand for regulatory documents that are compliant, scientifically sound, and well-written. Regulatory writing has, therefore, become a recognized niche within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
Regulatory writers work with regulatory agencies and various medical, technical, and operations professionals to draw up and review documents related to the different phases of clinical trials and market authorization. These documents need to adhere to the guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) according to the International Council for Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH), and they need to conform to the requirements of the relevant regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA, EMA) and institutional review boards (IRBs).
The various documents that regulatory writers work on include:
- Clinical study applications (CTAs)
- Common technical documents (CTDs)
- Investigational new drug applications (INDAs) and investigational medicinal product dossiers (IMPDs)
- Clinical trial study reports (CSRs)
- Marketing authorization applications (MAAs)
- Integrated summaries of efficacy and safety
- Periodic safety update reports (PSURs)
- Informed consent forms
- Risk management plans (RMPs)
- Pediatric investigation plans
- Proposed pediatric study requests
- Pediatric use marketing authorizations (PUMAs)
- New drug applications (NDAs)
- Post-marketing documentation
- Investigators’ brochures
- Applications for orphan drug designations
- Requests for product-specific waivers
- Drafting response documents to address issues raised by regulatory agencies
- Clinical evaluation reports (CERs)
- Labeling regulatory documents (Summary of Product Characteristics, SmPC)
Experts in regulatory writing will typically be medical writers with several years of experience writing for a contract research organization (CRO) or pharmaceutical company. They usually have a PharmD, MD, or a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in an allied scientific field. They will have extensive knowledge of the regulatory requirements relevant to their region (e.g., FDA or EMA), as well as the ICH guidelines.
Regulatory writers work either as freelance medical writers or regulatory affairs consultants or for CROs, medical device or pharmaceutical companies, medical writing agencies, regulatory and governmental agencies, and regulatory affairs consultancies. The job titles of regulatory writing experts vary and can include Medical Writer, Regulatory Writer, Regulatory Submission Writer, Associate Medical Writer, Senior Regulatory Affairs Medical Writing Associate, and Senior Medical Writer. While some may be generalists, others may specialize in e.g., biologics or medical device regulatory writing.
To hire a freelance regulatory medical writer, the fee generally ranges from 40−100 USD per hour depending on the required skillset and the level of experience necessary.
The hourly fee can be negotiated upfront based on the estimated number of project hours, or a flat fee (for projects of a defined scope) can be discussed. If you need short-term/temporary access to these specialists, then hiring a freelance regulatory writer or regulatory affairs consultant on our platform is a convenient and cost-effective way to harness their expertise.
The best way to attract the top Kolabtree freelancers in this field is to make your project description informative. You will need to provide information on the following:
- Skills required (e.g., expertise in medical device regulatory writing)
- What the project area is (e.g., development of a biorobotics device)
- What the project entails (e.g., ensuring regulatory compliance with EMA and MDR guidelines)
- What the deliverables are (be specific about what you need the outputs to be)
- Duration of the project (provide an estimate of how many hours work you will need per week/by when you need the project to be completed)
- By when you need to hire (having more leeway on this will give you more time to choose the best expert for your needs)
- Your budget (per hour or fixed fee)
- If you are unsure what exactly is required, providing as much detail as possible will allow the experts to still make an informed bid for your project and suggest the best routes forward.
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