CAS CARAQA

Clinical Affairs, Regulatory and Quality for Medical Devices and In-Vitro Diagnostic

Training Objectives 

Develop a broad range of technical and human skills in order to evolve towards the company’s decision-making centres and to play a key role in maintaining the company’s competitiveness and sustainability, faced with the evolution of the CA / RA / QA functions. 

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) HES-SO contributes to the development of skills including:

  • Optimal preparation in view of the regulatory changes with the MDR 2017/745 and the IVDR 2017/746
  • Strategic, tactical and communications aptitude faced with crisis situations and interaction difficulties with Notified Bodies and the Authorities, 
  • Managerial capabilities surrounding production and marketing processes for new medical products,
  • Technical expertise in key subjects such as biocompatibility, usability, clinical investigation and evaluation, software validation,
  • Management support during the development projects for new products.

Strengths of the training 

  • On-the-job training type
  • Duration: 35 days over 12 months, maximum one day per week
  • Start of the program: each year in September, HEIG-VD, Route de Cheseaux 1, Yverdon-les-Bains
  • Three modules and a personal project

Study plan

This training is offered in partnership with Medidee Services SA, an international partner involved in clinical, regulatory and quality affairs for Medical Devices and IVD.

After training, CA / RA / QA specialists are at the heart of the management of development projects for new products. They are also frequently called on to assist with the set-up of production processes or the handling of product reliability problems.

2018: official endorsement by RAPS Switzerland Chapter

Audited by two experts from the main international professional association within the regulatory domain for medical devices, the training has received its prestigious letter of official endorsement. This enhances its recognition and confirms the professional quality of the training.


Target Audience 

  • Employee within the regulatory, clinical and/or quality department of a manufacturing or subcontracting company,
  • Specialist involved in the manufacturing of sensitive medical products,
  • Laboratory assistant involved in the development of new analytical methods or process automation,
  • Mechanical, electronic or software engineer in charge of medical devices or IVD development projects,
  • Physician, scientist or inventor of medical products,
  • Employee involved in clinical studies or quality / regulatory processes within a healthcare organization.

Admission conditions

Higher education degree such as a Bachelor or Master’s degree, of the type HES or EPF / UNI or equivalent, in the following fields:
  • Engineering, chemistry, biology or life science
  • Graduate in management or corporate economics
  • Higher education in nursing ,radiology or physiotherapy

Admission by application possible for holders of ET or CFC level education in a suitable educational domain (physical or chemical laboratory assistant) with extensive professional experience.

As the instruction and educational materials are provided in English, proficiency in English (reading and writing) is a prerequisite.