Up until the time when I joined the RQS team in November all I had ever truly worked on was Quality. Coming out of college I worked for a plastics bottling manufacturer in process development and quality control. My next job was design V&V closely followed by design quality engineering and risk management. My exposure to regulatory affairs was at an arms length. I was always the person on the other end of a conversation where I was the one being told that I need to do something in a particular way because the regulations said so.
When people ask my opinion of the most difficult country to register medical devices internationally, I would have to say it is China. China is considered to be an “emerging market”- it is getting more and more lucrative to register there as the population gets larger and wealthier. China accounts for 1/5 of the world’s population – about 1.3 billion people. Most marketing departments feel that this huge market is worth the incredible effort that it takes to register medical devices. China registration is therefore usually in the international registration strategies for most large medical device companies.