Research Internship [Regulatory]

Starting Date: September 13, 2022
Location: India
Application Closing date: September 10, 2022

(Please note: the deadline for this internship has been extended to 10th September from 31st August)

Established in 2008, Global Product Compliance (GPC) has been providing regulatory consultancy to more than 1500 clients. Believed in knowledge sharing, GPC offers regulatory intelligence to many SMEs via following closely the development of chemical policies worldwide and has been assisting companies meet their regulatory obligations. In India, GPC has also contributed to India's Chemical Management and Safety Rules (ICMSR) – aka Indian Chemical Regulation (India REACH) since 2010.  ICMSR is expected to be published soon and this means both Indian SMEs and oversea chemical manufacturers will need to comply with.

GPC is seeking motivated fast learning individuals to join our internship program to explore opportunities and possibilities related to Circular Economy, Chemical Regulations, Food contact materials, Biocides/disinfectants, and other upcoming challenges in Chemical Compliance


Project area 1: Circular economy practices for sustainable economic benefits in various sectors

The world has made huge effort in improving resource efficiency through technology. There is no doubt that this traditional consumption patterns, the “linear” economy, is pressuring the planetary limits and threatens business at the same time. In 2015, the European Commission adopted its first circular economy action plan and in 2019, a comprehensive report on the implementation of the action plan was adopted. Circular Economy aims at optimizing resource efficiency, ensuring waste is recovered for new user or production cycle. In 2021, the Indian Government published three white papers on Circular Economy: Electronic and Electrical sector, Toxic and Hazardous Industrial Waste and Medical devices. These actions show that the government is actively taking steps to change from a linear to a circular economy, taking a path towards resource efficiency, reduces operating cost, builds competitiveness and self-reliance. The subjects of focus are:

1.      Chemicals in a Circular Economy of Textile: policy discussion the European Union (EU) and its implications beyond the EU

2.      Circular economy and e-waste: Role of Digital Platform

Project area 2: Chemicals regulations

There is a constant increase in the production of chemicals across the globe, which not only has impact on environment but also there is a rise on exposure of hazardous industrial chemicals on human being, which has significant health issues worldwide. In such scenario there is requirement of certain safety regulations for chemicals for different stages e.g., during production, handling, and disposal.

one of the leading names among Regulatory Compliance Service Providers with Representation services in Europe, Asia, and Middle East for respective chemical regulations, has followed closely with the development of chemical policies worldwide and assist companies to comply with chemical regulations worldwide. Internship topics under Project Area 2 are:

1.      Front discussion on plastics recycling and recycled chemicals 

2.      GHS standards and labelling - Global Overview

Project area 3: Food Contact Materials FCMs

FCMs are the materials or articles which encounters food items, such as a container for food storage, Utensils used during cooking, serving and consumption of food, cans / coated bottle / glass for any kind of drinks, processing machines or packaging materials that transfer certain molecules or constituents in food. These could be a metal (e.g., Al), plastic, paper, any coating, rubber etc. which encounters food directly or indirectly. Therefore, FCM it is necessary to ensure that FCMs are inert enough and not affecting food quality or consumer's health. To maintain safety standard of FCMs associated business operator need to comply with certain regulations, which will be studied in this project.

1.      Food Contact Materials (FCM) in China, USA, and India

2.      Sustainable Food Packaging - policies and practices

Project area 4: Novel Food and Feed additives Regulations

In several nations, including the EU, the concept of "novel foods" is used to regulate food; in the US, it is known as "new dietary components." Foods and ingredients that have not been used in any substantial way in a particular nation before a certain date stipulated in a food regulation are considered novel foods. Pure chemicals, cloned animals, genetically altered foods, fresh whole foods from a particular location of the world, and food prepared using modern technologies are examples of novel foods. The regulation of novel foods is primarily done for the purpose of ensuring the safety and nutritional value of the food supply.

Feed additives are products used in animal nutrition to enhance the quality of feed and food derived from animals, as well as to improve the health and performance of the animals, such as by enhancing the feed's digestibility. Feed additives cannot be sold until they have received approval from a scientific review that shows they have no negative effects on the environment, human or animal health, or both.

1.      EU novel food registration and other food related regulation

2.      Feed additive related regulations

Project area 5: Biocides/disinfectants

In contrast to the European approach, which typically provides for EU-level examination of active substances and member state-level authorization of biocidal products, the allocation of jurisdiction between federal and state authorities in the US is different (although EU-level authorisation will now be available for some products under the new biocides Regulation). The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not only evaluate active ingredients but also register formulated pesticides for distribution and sale, regulates all pesticides in the US, including biocides, which are known as antimicrobial pesticides in the country.

The activity of germicides against microorganisms depends on several factors, some of which are intrinsic qualities of the organism, others of which are the chemical and external physical environment.

Efficacy data are a fundamental component in the regulatory management and decision-making process for active substances and biocidal products. This data is required to establish the benefit arising from the use of the active substance in biocidal products and must be balanced against the risks their uses pose to humans and the environment.

1.      Comparison of regulatory framework of biocides in EU and US

2.      Factors Affecting the Efficacy of Disinfection and Sterilization and global testing methods for analysing efficacy

3.      Understanding EU fertilizer regulation 1107/2009- fertilizer, nutrients, bio fertilizer and bio-stimulants

About the Internship

Applications are invited from candidates who are interested in Circular Economy, Chemical Compliance or related with above mentioned project area/specific topic in this research internship announcement. Applicants must be enrolled in bachelor or Master studies, preferably in the final year of his/her educational program. Applicants who recently completed their studies in higher education can also apply. GPC grows with interns and ensure our interns develop hands-on skills related to the direct implementation of Circular Economy, policies, and consulting.

Internship Duration: 3 - 10 months.


·        Navigate the regulations that apply to the industries (e.g., Industrial chemicals, cosmetic, agrochemical, food, pharmaceutical, etc.).

·        Provide country-specific regulatory interpretation and guidance on requirements of the regulation for various actors in supply-chain.

·        Discussions with regulatory teams to decide on the topics that are useful and appealing to our regulatory intelligence portal subscribers

·        Author and produce regulatory news item for the Newsletter and Social Media post

·        Applies scientific writing document, and project management expertise – process management

·        Collect and analyze examples of challenges, gaps, and failures in regulatory compliance in a specific industry/country.

·        Conduct cross-country comparative studies on a specific regulatory compliance.

·        Market analysis of regulatory and compliance policies.

·        Convey complex regulatory requirements and content in a clear and structured manner

·        Creating scripts for regulatory webinars and videos

·        Content includes Website content /social media/Promotional email/Regulatory Actionable Summary/brochures

·        This Internship/dissertation project requires 30-40 hours of working hours per week.

Education/Experience Requirement For Regulatory Interns only

·       Applicants must be enrolled in bachelor or Master studies, preferably in the final year of his/her educational program.

·        Preferably candidates with background in Environmental science and Engineering/ Environmental Management/ Environmental Law and Policy/ Biotechnology/ Chemical Engineering/ Pharmacy/Life science/ Agricultural/Food technology/Computer Science Engineering/Information Technology and other relevant studies.

·      Journalism, copywriting, or creative writing background (writing sample required)

·         Excellent writing skills, ability to summarize and convey text in clear and structured manner

·        Experience authoring and/or editing regulatory documentation

·        Project management skills

·        Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills

·        Ability to work effectively in a team environment

·        Self-starter personality

·        Candidates who are pursuing Ph.D. in above mentioned area, can also apply along with cover letter/SOP for short-term internship program (6 Months Max.). Applications invited throughout the year. Additional stipend maybe provided for this duration.

About the Global Product Compliance GPC Group

Global Product Compliance (GPC) specializes in Global Regulatory Compliance Solutions. Since 2008, GPC has emerged as one of the leading names among Global Regulatory Compliance service providers with Representation services in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for respective chemical regulations.

Our over 1500 Happy Clients are a testimony to the great rapport we share with them and the fine quality that we offer in our services. This is also reflected in the fact that we have about 99% customer retention (Client loyalty) and we have had over 172 companies opting to switch over to us from other service providers, for better and cost-effective services.

Our extensive experience in regulatory compliance services started with EU REACH but our large client base has motivated us to venture into every new regulation that has emerged over the past few years like Cosmetics Regulations (EU, India, and the USA), Korea and Turkey REACH, and the regulations in the UK, Eurasia, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, China, US, Canada, Latin America, etc.

Being India's largest regulatory compliance service provider, GPC has been actively contributing to the finalization of India’s chemical regulation and policy (Indian Chemical (Management and Safety) Rules (CMSR)). Indian Ministry of Commerce has commissioned GPC for several studies and reports which have contributed significantly to the upcoming Indian CMSR.

Read more about us on our website or follow us on LinkedIn

Why work with us

·        Regulatory training will be provided from the beginning.

·        Access to GPC’s webinars and events organized to learn more about the state of the art of different regulations globally.

·        Get an applied first-hand experience of your thesis work.

·        Get an international exposure for applying for higher studies.

·        Possibility of journal publication, depending upon high quality and a significant amount of work.

·        Opportunity to present your research work at conferences/seminars.

·        There is no fee for internship program.

·        Excellent successful completion of the internship project (≥80% equivalent grades) will be rewarded by a cash price of total 15000 INR (3 Months), 30000 INR (6 months) & 50000 INR (10 Months) at master’s level and, 10000 INR per month at PhD level.

·        Certificate of excellence for outstanding performers with 5000 INR additional reward.

·        Interns of this program will be prioritized when suitable project/employment opportunity arise.

Application Details

The application deadline is August 15, 2022.

Please contact for internship related queries to Dr. Manisha Karale at (Research Program Manager).

Please make the application as soon as possible as the applications are being reviewed on rolling basis. Student can be enrolled only one internship program for this academic year (either 6 months or 10 months internship program); therefore, it is important to mention duration while applying.

Note: This internship will be remote.

Chemicals regulations

Food Contact Materials FCMs

Novel Food and Feed additives Regulations


Circular economy