Use your scientific thinking to investigate and adjudicate on controversies in science.
Regulatory scientists are required to make risk-informed and evidence-based decisions, whenever new drugs, medical devices, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, foods, veterinary medicines and fine chemicals have been developed for the market. These decisions are often made in the context of uncertainty and sometimes conflict over the public availability of these goods and the risks that they might pose, in a complex environment.
Regulatory scientists critically review current scientific knowledge, and assess the potential health, safety and environmental risks to human and natural systems of pre-market and post-market products and activities. The best available scientific evidence on which they rely to make their decisions can be subject to many controversies, as can be the processes that are used. There are many technological and market innovations that will increasingly challenge and politicise their decision making.
The core subject areas include policy and risk assessment, critical legal issues, and data analysis. The courses also involve a three-week work placement in a Regulatory agency. These interdisciplinary programs are taught by staff from several UNE Schools:
- School of Science and Technology;
- UNE Business School;
- School of Law; and
- School of Environmental and Rural Science.
And delivered in collaboration with Australian Regulatory agencies.
A science qualification (Bachelor to Doctoral) is required for admission to these programs.
The Master of Science (Regulatory Science), Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Industries and Professions research projects can also be undertaken to resolve regulatory science uncertainties and controversies. UNE researchers and regulatory scientists at the agencies jointly supervise these projects.
Careers: Regulatory agencies and partners
- Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
- Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Australian Government Department of the Environment
- Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand
- National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
- Office of Chemical Safety, Department of Health
- Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
- Therapeutic Goods Administration
Each of these agencies has a broad range of industry and government partners that require regulatory science skills.