Recruitment at HPRA

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) employs over 300 people from a broad range of backgrounds who have the skills and experience to deliver the services required to manage this complex range of activities and responsibilities. These include both technical (qualifications in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, biology, immunology, chemistry, engineering etc.) and non-technical (qualifications in law, information technology, accountancy, business, human resources and training etc.)

The mission of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is to regulate medicines and devices for the benefit of people and animals. 

Our stakeholders include patients, healthcare professionals, sponsors of clinical trials and investigations, license/authorisation holders, industry associations, environmental protection authorities, animal keepers and owners and our partners in other Irish and European regulatory agencies.

The HPRA manages recruitment to positions in line with government headcount requirements and vacancies are advertised from time to time in line with specific posts approved taking account of business needs.  Details of positions are advertised below on the Vacancy list.

Published Date Title Closing Date
11/07/2024 Biostatistician - Clinical Assessment, Human Products Authorisation and Registration (HPAR) 11/08/2024
05/07/2024 Pharmacovigilance Assessor, Pharmacovigilance - Human Products Monitoring / Measúnóir Faireachas Cógas, Faireachas Cógas - Monatóireacht ar Tháirgí Daonna 21/07/2024
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Work-life Balance

We very much recognise the importance of life outside of work and the HPRA promotes a healthy work-life balance for all employees which includes a flexi-time attendance system. To that end we endeavor to provide flexibility in line with our policies to the greatest extent possible while ensuring that the needs of the business are met.

We also aim to support employees to develop their potential to ensure that we have appropriately skilled people to achieve the corporate strategy and goals. There are periodic internal communications meetings, departmental team meetings as well as regular employee social events and employees are encouraged to build relationships across the organisation.


Learning and Development

The HPRA is committed to providing learning and development for employees during the course of their employment.  We have a structured induction process for those who are new to the organisation and further education is encouraged through fees support for courses relevant to an employee’s job or development.

In addition we provide a varied programme of lunch time learning sessions on non- work related topics. There are numerous opportunities within teams for employees to act as representatives on working groups and committees across the organisation and in this way employees can participate in matters that affect the organisation overall. The performance development programme which is in place for managing performance encourages two-way communication between individuals and their managers at all levels in order to promote continuous improvement.


The HPRA has received awards reflecting its work in the areas of supporting staff health and wellbeing, fostering diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace, and supporting graduates through the HPRA's graduate programme. 


Application Process

We have a competency based recruitment process which has a number of stages:

  • Online vacancy advertisement
  • Applicant screening
  • Pre–interview testing (as required)
  • Interview
  • Job offer
  • Reference checks/Pre-employment medical (as required)
  • Induction


How to apply

Applications should be submitted via jobs@hpra with a CV and application form.

See our privacy notice where you will see full details on how we process your information. Shortlisting of applicants will be undertaken. 

The HPRA is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the travelling community. 

The HPRA will make reasonable accommodations for a person with a disability during the recruitment process and can be notified in the course of the interview correspondence.


Validation of qualifications

The HPRA may request copies of academic transcripts and/or verify the authenticity of an applicant’s qualifications with the relevant academic institutions.