Certificate in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs

Understand How Drugs, Biologics and Devices Are Developed and Approved


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date

September 2017

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About this Program

Regulatory affairs specialists play a vital role in the health care landscape, bridging the legal, business and scientific aspects of developing new biomedical products. This innovative field offers growing career opportunities and the chance to help improve people’s lives.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll learn about the role of a biomedical products regulatory affairs specialist and the dynamic nature of the field. We’ll explore the regulatory jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). You’ll delve into the laws and regulations that apply to the design, development, testing and production of biomedical products, including biologics, drugs, biotechnology-derived therapeutics, vaccines and medical devices. We’ll also examine post-market issues and requirements.

Designed for

Professionals who want to enter or advance in the biomedical regulatory affairs field, or those who want to better understand the subject.

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What you'll learn

  • The history of U.S. drug and medical device regulation and the jurisdictional scope of the FDA
  • The role of regulatory oversight in product design, development and manufacturing, including quality control, scale-up, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and quality systems
  • The FDA inspection process and regulatory procedures, with a focus on the Quality System Inspection Technique (QSIT)
  • Post-market surveillance requirements, reporting and enforcement actions

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Visit local companies to learn about GMPs
  • Participate in group projects to gain in-depth experience in a variety of regulatory areas

Choose From Noncredit and Credit Options

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 9 credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into the Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs. To use these credits, you must enroll in the credit version of the certificate program and obtain graduate nonmatriculated status before you register for the first course. If you don’t plan to pursue a graduate degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program