Regulatory Affairs Pharma

You achieve the skills to work in a highly regulated environment and learn how to act as a liaison person between companies and regulatory authorities.

This CAS:

  • is aimed at people who are planning to work in the field of regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry or who are currently working in the areas of development, manufacturing, quality management or regulatory affairs,
  • provides the knowledge to successfully operate in this environment,
  • teaches the general framework: structure and function of EU bodies, marketing authorization procedures and legal framework, labelling, GXP, life cycle management.
Degree programme in English | BFH


  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration Week 17 to week 40
  • Schedule Friday: 1pm to 7.30pm
  • Application deadline 24 March
    8–24 participants
  • ECTS credits 12 ECTS credits
  • Costs CHF 7500
  • Teaching language English
  • Location Biel, Aarbergstrasse 46
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Next session Spring semester 2025


Structure + Content

Objectives + Skills

  • You get insight into global regulatory strategies e.g. ICH (International Harmonization).
  • You gain knowledge about the structure and function of relevant Regulatory Bodies.
  • You learn the different regulatory pathways for the Marketing Authorization.
  • You know how to develop the Scientific Technical Dossier to accompany a Marketing Authorization Application.
  • You become familiar with GxP.
  • You learn how post-approval changes are regulated and how pharmacovigilance is performed.
  • You learn about product classes that are subject to special regulation.
  • You learn how to interact with regulators e.g. how meetings between applicant and regulator take place.
  • In a case study you work on a real project or question from your company or from your own interest.
  • You are planning to work in the field of regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • You are currently working in the areas of development, manufacturing, quality management or regulatory affairs and want to improve your knowledge in regulatory affairs for medicinal products for human use.

The individual modules that make up this programme are named below.

  • Global drug regulatory affairs + structure and function of regulatory bodies
  • Lifecycle Management (from R&D to Clinical Development)
  • Lifecycle Management (from marketing authorization and launch to pharmacovigilance and withdrawal from the market)
  • Product classes with special regulations
  • New trends and challenges
  • Semester work (Living Cases)
Skills Profile CAS Regulatory Affairs Pharma

Levels of competence

  1. Knowledge of terms, definitions, and regulations; factual knowledge.
  2. Understanding the context, ability to explain complex matters.
  3. Applying knowledge in simple situations.
  4. Analysing one’s own solution method.
  5. Synthesis of new solutions and application in complex situations.
  6. Assessing applicability for specific problems and situations, evaluating of methods and of alternatives, connections with other fields of expertise.

A module may include a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, case studies, practical labs, assignments, etc.

For the 12 ECTS credits to be recognized, successful completion of the competency assessment is required (exams, semester work).

As a rule, a university degree and practical experience are required for admission. 
People with a high vocational training can apply, provided they have suitable professional experience and prior scientific and methodological knowledge. 

Ideally you have a medical, pharmacy or science degree, an engineering education, legal studies, a higher education in material science, a degree in Business Administration or in a related field.

Degree + Titel

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in «Regulatory Affairs Pharma»

Infoevent and Course guidance


Classes are held at Aarbergstrasse 46 in the new building of the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne (SIPBB), which is withing easy reach of Biel/Bienne railway station.

A location with many advantages

  • Classrooms within two minutes walking distance from Biel/Bienne railway station
  • Ideal train connections from Bern’s main railway station (every 15 minutes) and from Bern Wankdorf (every 30 minutes)
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure in the new SIPBB building
  • Various catering options in the immediate vicinity
  • Innovation and networking events

And that’s not all! Biel/Bienne is…

  • an innovation hotspot,
  • a university city,
  • an industrial and service city with numerous major players in the watchmaking, mechanical engineering, precision engineering and medical technology industries and major representatives of the communications and telecommunications sectors,
  • bordered by Lake Biel and its wide range of sports and leisure facilities,
  • a city that embodies bilingualism,
  • a town with a vibrant cultural life.

Biel Aarbergstrasse 46 (Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne)

Biel, Aarbergstrasse 46

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Engineering and Computer Science
Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne
Aarbergstrasse 46
CH 2503 Biel