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How about a job in regulatory affairs?

Google “regulatory affairs chemistry jobs” and you get lots of hits! You can even prepare better for it by taking a one year course at Seneca: http://www.senecac.on.ca/fulltime/RAQC.html

This program is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the areas of regulatory affairs and quality operations. Students will be prepared for occupations involving drug or medical device submissions and quality assurance functions and roles. The issues of regulatory compliance in Canada and in other areas of the world will be dealt with.

The first semester will provide the student with the fundamentals required in both regulatory affairs and quality operations. Introductory level courses will prepare the student for the co-operative work term placement, which occurs between semesters. The co-operative work term placement will provide the student with an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the first semester. Experience gained will allow the student to be exposed to one of the many employment possibilities attainable upon graduation.

The second semester will provide more detailed and specific exposure to the areas of regulatory affairs and quality operations. “


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Careers in bottled water industry
By Dr Balajith Shetty

Bottled water industry is growing at a mouth watering rate of 40 per cent annually.[in India – ed.]

Water water everywhere, not a CLEAN drop to drink! Who would have thought that there will be a day when sanitation of available water would be more of a concern than availability of water itself ?

And they need people to test all that water!

*Chemist: Bottled water undergoes around 50 to 52 tests, before it is released to the consumers. Out of this nearly half of the tests, needs to be conducted in-house. For this, industry needs graduates and post-graduates from analytical chemistry faculty. nMicrobiologists: There are 6 to 7 bacteriological tests to be conducted on each batch of the bottled water. These tests plays a very important role and should be conducted by a microbiologist, who has experience in microbiological technique. Thus chemists & microbiologists plays an indispensable role in the bottled water industry. According to Bureau of Indian Standards, experienced chemists and microbiologists are a must to carry out the tests as per the ISI specifications.

I hope the bottled water here in North America gets the same thorough testing!

It should be a nice clean job….

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Sounds like some toy manufacturers could really use a chemist on staff!! They probably do in many cases but sometimes missing information could be deadly…

Note the last few months worth of lead contamination in toys and now the latest – Aquadots poisoning!

The very highly advertised craft product has just been recalled due to the fact that when children ingest the beads (which kids are wont to do!) the chemicals on them change into gamma hydroxy butyrate – a drug that can leave you comatose…

A quick search of Scifinder and Medline (by one of my online colleagues – thanks, Ben!) pointed to this research:
Lora-Tamayo, C.; Tena, T.; Rodriguez, A.; Sancho, J. R.; Molina, E.
Intoxication due to 1,4-butanediol.
Forensic Science International (2003), 133(3), 256-259.

The parent company is now blaming the Chinese manufacturers for cutting corners:

Australian officials told Reuters that instead of the safe chemical 1,5-pentanediol, the potentially dangerous chemical 1,4-butanediol was used during manufacturing. When ingested, 1,4-butanediol becomes GHB. It can cause drowsiness, unconsciousness, seizures, coma and death.

Scary stuff!

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