Medical Advisor

The occupational field of Medical Advisory is an important part of the development and marketing process of devices in the life science industry. Medical Advisors work closely with management and various departments within companies. The focus is usually on medical advice and support, but Medical Advisors may also take on other tasks within product development, research, public relations or sales.

Medical Advisor

A Medical Advisor is a medical expert who works for a company in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnological or animal health industry. The main role of a Medical Advisor is to support the company in the development and marketing of their medical or healthcare products by providing expertise and expert information. For example, Medical Advisors answer questions from physicians and healthcare professionals, as well as patients, about the company’s products. Working with other departments within their company, they develop medically informed sales and marketing strategies that are medically grounded and reach target audiences by translating complex medical issues into understandable language. They often work closely with regulatory agencies and are responsible for ensuring that the company’s products meet regulatory requirements.

Objectives Medical Advisory

  • Providing medical expertise and advice to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and technologies
  • Providing medical advice and information to healthcare professionals and patients to ensure the correct use and handling of medical devices
  • Training healthcare professionals to ensure the correct use of products
  • Developing safe and effective medical technology products and marketing them effectively
  • Increasing confidence in medical technology products and technologies by providing information

Legal Framework Medical Advisory

Medical Advisors operate within the legal framework of their countries. In most countries, there are a variety of rules and regulations that affect their work to meet the highest standards of patient safety and care.

In Europe, the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) – Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745) governs the manufacture of medical devices. This was adopted by the European Union in 2017. It has been fully applicable since May 26, 2021, and has replaced the previous Medical Device Directive (MDD). The MDR represents a comprehensive revision of the previous regulations and introduces new requirements for the safety, quality and performance of medical devices.

Job Requirements in Medical Advisory

Medical Advisors usually have a degree in medicine or in a related field such as pharmacy, biology, biomedicine, or chemistry. They also have extensive clinical experience and business skills. Medical Advisors must be able to interpret, evaluate, and translate complex medical research findings. Therefore, it is important to develop skills in research and analysis. Good Medical Advisors are also good communicators. A basic understanding of regulatory requirements and standards is important to ensure that medical devices comply with applicable regulations. They must also be able to work effectively with different departments within the company. Skills such as communication, teamwork and project management are essential. Medical Advisors must regularly attend training programs and keep up to date with the latest developments in the life science industry.

Tasks in Medical Advisory

Medical Advisorn duties vary by company and product. Some tasks that a Medical Advisor typically performs are:

  • Product development and management: A Medical Advisor is often part of medical device project and development teams, assisting with tasks such as developing study protocols and plans and interpreting clinical data.
  • Providing Medical Information: A Medical Advisor answers questions from physicians, healthcare professionals, pharmacists, and patients about the company’s products. In doing so, he or she ensures that the information is accurate and up to date
  • Medical training: A Medical Advisor is often responsible for training sales and marketing staff to ensure they have the necessary medical knowledge and skills to successfully sell the company’s products.
  • Regulatory Affairs: Medical Advisors assist with regulatory compliance and standards, e.g. working with regulatory agencies such as the EMA.
  • Establishing and maintaining professional contacts with external experts: Medical Advisors also maintain contacts with external partners such as medical experts, academic institutions, regulatory authorities and other organizations. These can be used to obtain information about new developments in the field of medical technology or to conduct scientific research in collaboration with external partners.


Are you looking for personnel in the field of Medical Advisory or would you like to develop your career in this area? Feel free to contact us – as a highly specialized personnel consultancy in the life science industry, we will find the perfect match for your individual profile.

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