Medtech industry welcomes new graduates

January 16, 2019

The Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the medtech sector, along with the University of Limerick, celebrated the graduation of the Springboard+ funded Bachelor of Science in Quality and Regulatory Affairs (Hons). In the face of the greatest change in 20 years, with the ongoing implementation of the new EU Medical Devices and IVD Regulations, demand for specialists in this essential area continues to grow.

Irish Medtech Association Director Sinead Keogh said: “We’re delighted to see the first class of Bachelor of Science in Quality and Regulatory Affairs graduate. This Springboard course offers a unique opportunity to reskill and upskill working technicians, engineers and unemployed people. This is an exciting time to work in this vital area for medtech with major changes under the EU Medical Devices and IVD Regulations.

“A recent survey revealed that there are at least 300 positions which will have to be filled in Ireland in the specialised fields of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs over the next 2 years. This degree, with input from leading medtech companies, covers essential topics including fundamentals in regulatory affairs, quality and medical device sciences, as well as device design and validation will help equip the Irish medtech industry with the expertise to remain at the forefront of regulatory and quality affairs best practice.”

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.