Shire Netherlands Regulatory Affairs Lead in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Netherlands RA Lead provides regulatory support for Shire product portfolio within the local operating company (LOC Netherlands) and the Benelux RA team. Primary responsibilities include operational regulatory affairs activities, involving interface from LOC to Global RA, ensuring conformance to national and EU Drug Laws, maintaining labelling information to internal and external partners, communicating with regulatory authority when requested and regulatory institutions, supporting internal Global RA, other R&D departments and providing collaborative support for commercial teams, in particular in the Netherlands. Responsibilities include ensuring adherence to company standards and local laws



  • Be the primary contact with Dutch regulatory health authorities (HA) – CBG-MEB & RIVM – in national (phase of) procedures and post-approval for the Dutch product portfolio, including HA liaison regarding field corrective actions / direct healthcare professional communications, risk minimisation measures or supply constraints.

  • Develop professional and effective working relationships with national HA.

  • Support EU regional RA strategists in their HA communication related to European submissions for development/marketed products, in particular where the Netherlands are reference member state or (co)rapporteur.

  • Facilitate preparation for scientific advice meetings with national agencies

  • Ensure timely responses to incoming authority requests.

  • Document and store HA interactions in line with Shire procedures.

  • In collaboration with Global Drug Safety, proactively assess any risk minimization activities and engage with HA to gain approval of risk minimization measures / educational materials

  • In cases where clinical trial application (CTA) submission has been agreed to be handled in-house through LOC: May submit local observational study protocols to HA in collaboration with EU RA Strategist and/or may be involved in CTA submissions for Shire-sponsored interventional trials.


  • Ensure for assigned products the handling of local registration activities, marketing authorization and variation submissions in close collaboration with EU RA Strategy team according to Shire EU RA operating model and local regulations.

  • Ensure regulatory affairs review and approval of promotional materials

  • Ensure appropriate RA support for local product launches

  • Provide regulatory affairs input to Health technology appraisal/ horizon scanning for product portfolio, product tender and pricing application support,

  • Provide regulatory guidance and make relevant submissions for Early Access Medicines Scheme (EAPs)

  • Provide regulatory advice to support the Dutch business strategy. Support the Benelux RA Lead and France-Benelux RA Cluster Lead in ensuring that Dutch regulatory requirements are fully represented in discussions at global, regional and local levels.

  • Ensure appropriate contract and oversight is in place with any external partners who support Regulatory Affairs activities for Netherlands.

  • Act as deputy of Belgium-based RA Lead to manage also regulatory activities in Belgium and Luxembourg as needed.


  • Ensure that final product labeling complies with HA approval and Company Core Data Sheet (CCDS)

  • Provide consolidated feedback from relevant LOC functions regarding text translations to EU Regulatory Strategists & Regulatory Labeling

  • Request creation of artwork (updates) where required based on national HA approval; review all packaging artworks for assigned products (centralised, MRP and national) for consistency with the marketing authorization and local requirements (e.g. blue box, trademark and design requirements).

  • Keep internal global labeling repository and external product information compendium timely updated

  • Liaise with LOC functions to ensure that all product information used is up to date


On behalf of the MAH:

  • Issue and update the abbreviated prescribing information for promotional material in line with local requirements .

  • Review promotional materials and patient support materials on Shire products according to global Shire procedure and applicable codes of practice.

  • Participate in local review teams and work to local regulations / requirements/codes for the review of local promotional and non-promotional materials,

  • Provide regulatory affairs advice to LOC team, International Commercial, on maintaining compliance of Shire activities and materials with local regulations/requirements codes at any International symposia/conferences to be held in their country.

  • Responsible for bringing to the attention of R&D Compliance/Quality Assurance any planned local SOP or local SOP revision, which they are aware of, and which relates to R&D activities

  • Responsible for immediately notifying R&D Compliance/Quality Assurance of any planned health authority inspection relating to R&D activities and will work with R&D Compliance/Quality Assurance to prepare for the inspection, receive/host the inspection, and respond to findings.


  • Proactively monitor applicable local regulations and ensure clear communication of country regulatory requirements to LOC / Benelux functions and global RA

  • Monitor the status of competitor marketing authorisations as agreed with the local business

  • Support permanent inspection-readiness of LOC RA for assigned products in accordance with local regulations and internal standards and policies

  • Execute timely local implementation and tracking of safety labeling changes

  • Support the oversight of the local promotional material review process in the cluster, in close collaboration with Country Medical Head (local Scientific Service responsible / certifier), Compliance Officer and GRA International Ad&Prom team

  • May participate, in cooperation with superiors and with support of R&D Quality & GRA Process & Standards, the implementation of global/regional Shire SOPs into local RA practice; where necessary, create local SOP addenda in alignment with Region Head

  • Support as applicable the planning, execution and follow-up of internal audits and HA inspections in conjunction with Quality functions

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Knowledge of the national and EU pharmaceutical legislation

  • Understanding of Drug Development and Marketing processes and requirements

  • Strong scientific background

  • Proven interpersonal, communication, analytical, and organizational skills

  • Ability to challenge self and others to overcome barriers and deliver high quality solutions

  • Strong judgment and decision-making skills with the ability to understand how decisions fit into the broader context of corporate strategies.

  • Effectively embraces change and is able to flourish in a global structure

  • Creates an open collaborative environment of continuous improvement within LOC stakeholders and Global functions

  • Demonstrated ability to assess the internal and external environment to recommend appropriate risk-taking.

  • Incumbents at this level are involved in a variety of diverse scope and complexity of projects which require strategic thinking and thorough and practical solutions.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure;

  • Consistently exhibits Shire’s Leadership Behaviors (Be positive, accountable, result-oriented; an excellent manager of oneself and others) and integrates Shire's Code of Ethics into all aspects of business activity.

  • Excellent command of Dutch (native-level) and English languages. Good command of French would be a plus.

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Works under general direction within the scope of assigned objectives in line with the strategic objectives agreed within the RA cluster andLOC Commercial leadership.

  • Decides on authority interactions within the framework of Shire EU RA operating model and under general direction of France-Benelux RA Cluster Lead.

  • Decides on labeling translation quality and on conformity of product information

  • Accepts or rejects AdProm content and labeling artwork content

  • Exercises good judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques

  • Informs regulatory authorities on issues/concerns affecting products on the territories, upon consultation with EU RA Strategist

  • Seeks prior alignment with line management and at European level on questions regarding process definitions / SOPs and regarding submission strategy /dossier scientific content.

  • Initiate calls / meetings with higher level to communicate / clarify significant questions

Internal and External Contacts

  • Reports to France-Benelux Regulatory Affairs Cluster Lead

  • Consults internal (EU RA Strategist / GRA teams, local Commercial franchises, R&D, Supply and Quality functions) and external stakeholders (experts, regulatory authorities, trade associations, distributors)

  • Oversees and instructs third party vendors or contractors who support LOC RA activities

  • Coordinates with EU RA, QA, International AdProm and Commercial Franchises

Other Job Requirements

5-10% Travel.

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