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Regulatory affairs grads honored

Monday, October 26, 2009


The first 12 graduates of the master’s degree program in regulatory affairs and services (RAS) were honored in August at St. Cloud State’s Twin Cities Graduate Center.

The RAS program is the first in the country to focus on medical devices. It is designed to educate professionals to lead medical device companies through processes that are critical to getting a product to market, such as the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory processes that ensure new medical devices are safe and effective.

The medical device industry has identified regulatory affairs and services as an occupation in acute need of trained professionals, according to program director Charles "Chuck" Swanson, who during his 30 years in the industry played an influential role in establishing many of the guidelines and procedures in use today by the FDA.

"The RAS professional’s role is critical in the development, commercialization and manufacturing of medical devices and impacts nearly every aspect of a medical device business from research and development to marketing and sales," Swanson said.

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