Alignment, Adaptability and Accessibility: The Keys to Life Sciences Learning and Development

Life Sciences organizations are challenged with understanding the evolving compliance regulations and communicating them to their global workforce. Key regulations such as 21 CFR Part 11, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) impact team members to varying degrees and often necessitate company-wide training and development programs to ensure compliance.

Training classes and eLearning courses are important components to global compliance, professional development and continuing education or sustainment programs. Whether they are instructor-lead, eLearning or blended courses, multilingual materials help employees absorb content more efficiently. SDL’s expert team can help you localize content to improve the quality and effectiveness of your recruiting and retention, training, and development programs. We can help you develop and implement a comprehensive content localization strategy that helps to engage and educate your employees.

A Competitive Advantage

Maintain Compliance

Onboarding programs for new employees typically include reviews of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and other compliance information. Ensure greater understanding by localizing this content. For example, depending on their roles, your R&D team members may require Good Clinical, Laboratory and Manufacturing Practices (GCP, GLP or GMP) training. Increase compliance and understanding by removing cultural barriers and offering localized programs. This approach ensures a common foundational understanding across team members, regardless of their location while reducing the risk of non-compliance with applicable regional laws and regulations.

Employee training and education programs present a unique opportunity to foster a culture of accountability and compliance. They also enable managers to gauge employee understanding of company policies as well applicable laws.

Maximize Professional Development

You may encourage your team members to broaden their knowledge base with localized learning about important topics such as industry standards (CDISC, eDMS Reference Model, eCTD, TMF Reference Model, etc.). A strong foundation in these fields will help team members to understand their role in the larger drug development process while also producing better quality deliverables.

Visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners demand the presentation of this type of content through different channels. Disabled learners require additional adaptations (audio transcription, Braille etc.). But all learning types benefit from localized content. If students can easily identify with content in their native language, they can move on to digesting and applying concepts more quickly. This efficiency can lead to quicker and cost-effective onboarding and greater individual and team productivity.

Engage Teams

Whether required training or optional learning, your cross-functional audiences expect an engaging experience. Live classroom training and eLearning programs can help to educate the workforce, establish culture and build a common foundation for team members.  Removing cultural barriers and localizing content raises the bar above simply maintaining compliance. By engaging teams with localized educational content, you are improving learning outcomes and allowing team members to focus on creativity and problem solving, thus adding fuel to the company’s efforts toward innovation. This simple advantage can have a major impact by accelerating development timelines and potential market authorization plans for new therapeutic products.

Simplifying the Science of Learning

Increase employee retention with engaging localized training

Align regional professional development programs with global R&D goals

Encourage career development while increasing internal expertise

Deliver an improved experience for your learning organization

Make your learning content assessible to all team members

Delivering Expert Language Services to Global Life Sciences Companies

SDL supports Life Sciences Human Resources, Training and Development teams with a robust team of over 1,200 translators in 59 offices around the globe and more than 15,000 tested and qualified freelance translators. We work with many file formats, including SCORM, HTML 5 and video, across all eLearning content development stages. Our team includes translators who bring life sciences, human resources, and training design and development experience to our customer’s translation projects.

Our goal is to help you deliver your global message with local context.  SDL offers the industry expertise, translation skills, and local cultural knowledge to ensure your message is not diluted and is delivered in the most clear and accurate manner.

Align content, adapt for the audience, and make it accessible with our localization and cultural expertise:

OFFLINE Channels

  • Multilingual typesetting
  • Content adaptation
  • Image adaptation
ONLINE Channels

  • Connectors to CMS & LMS
  • Automated content implementation
  • Interactive components
Video Editing

  • Subtitling & Voiceovers
  • On-screen text
  • Transcription
  • Video conversion & re-shooting
  • Audio


Our language expertise and technologies will help you deliver more value to your global consumers.