Join the brightest minds in regulatory at the annual Regulatory Convergence.

See the global regulatory community in action. Intensive workshops. Topical sessions. Meet ups with regulators.
This is where it all comes together.

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WHY ATTEND?

Thousands of your peers from all over the globe gather annually for Convergence. Chat with your boss about the value of the conference by sharing  these top 10 reasons why you should attend.  Download this customizable letter and personalize with your details to help your boss say “yes!” 

ATTENDEE INFO

At RAPS we live and breathe regulatory. The annual Regulatory Convergence is designed specifically for you, and addresses all things relevant to our dynamic profession. Join us to experience a conference that includes knowledge sharing, education and training from some of the best minds in the business.

CONVERGENCE APP

The RAPS Events app lets you build your agenda, find your way around, interact with the speakers during their presentations, network with other attendees and earn points to be leader of the leaderboard at Convergence. The app will be available closer to the conference.

RAPS CENTRAL

Tuesday, 2 October, 4:30-6:00 pm 
Wednesday, 3 October, 9:30 am–4:00 pm 
Thursday, 4 October, 9:30 am–4:00 pm

Visit RAPS Central in the Exhibit Hall. This is your go-to place for RAPS membership information, volunteer opportunities, up-to-the-minute news and information, updates on RAPS products and services and to purchase the publications you’ve been looking for.

The RAPS Store at RAPS Central is filled with must-have regulatory publications and this year’s newest titles.

 CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER

Wednesday, 3 October, 7:30–8:15 am
Thursday, 4 October, 7:30–8:15 am

Join RAPS Fellows and senior regulatory professionals for informal discussions on key challenges facing today’s regulatory professionals. These sessions are not recorded and no slides will be presented. Come prepared to ask your questions and share your personal insights. Each session is open to everyone at all career levels, but seating is limited and is managed on a first come, first served basis.

DINE-AROUNDS

Tuesday, 2 October, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, 3 October, 6:00 pm

This popular dining out event is a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and colleagues outside the convention center and sample some local cuisine.

NETWORKING RECEPTION

Tuesday, 2 October, 4:30–6:00 pm

 Come enjoy some of the finest local fare, beer and wine while connecting with colleagues and exhibitors in a fun, relaxed environment inside the Exhibit Hall.

GRAB AND GO LUNCH NETWORKING

Wednesday, 3 October, 12:00–1:30 pm 
Thursday, 4 October, 12:00–1:30 pm

Enjoy lunch while connecting with regulatory professionals from around the world. 

RAC MINI-SESSIONS

Wednesday, 3 October, 3:15–4:00 pm
Thursday, 4 October, 3:15–4:00 pm

Talk with members of the Regulatory Affairs Certification Board and RAC holders about where the RAC credential can take your career. Whether you’re wondering if you’re eligible to take the exam or building a study plan, these open discussions are a great way to get your questions answered.

CLOSING CELEBRATION

Thursday, 4 October, 6:00–7:30 pm  

AGENDA

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, 1 OCTOBER
8:00–10:00 am Workshop Registration
8:00–9:00 am Workshop Continental Breakfast
9:00 am–5:00 pm Workshops
10:30–11:00 am Beverage Break
12:30–1:30 pm Lunch
3:00–3:30 pm Beverage Break
TUESDAY, 2 OCTOBER
7:00–9:00 am Workshop Registration
7:00–8:00 am Workshop Continental Breakfast
8:00 am–4:00 pm Workshops
10:00–10:30 am Beverage Break
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch
2:30–3:00 pm Beverage Break

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

TUESDAY, 2 OCTOBER
7:00 am–6:00 pm Registration Open
4:30–6:00 pm Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall and Taste of Vancouver
4:30–6:00 pm RAPS Central Open
6:00–7:30 pm Dine-Arounds
WEDNESDAY, 3 OCTOBER
7:00 am–6:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am–8:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am–8:15 am Conversations That Matter (Hosted by RAPS Fellows)
8:30 am–9:30 am Opening Session, Awards and Recognition
9:30 am–4:00 pm RAPS Central Open
9:30 am–4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:30–10:30 am Beverage Break in the Exhibit Hall
9:45–10:30 am Sponsored Education Sessions
10:30 am–12:00 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
12:00–1:15 pm Grab and Go Lunch and Open Exhibit Time
12:15–1:00 pm Sponsored Education Session
1:35–3:00 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
3:00–4:00 pm Beverage Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:15–4:00 pm
  • Sponsored Education Session
  • RAC Mini-Session
4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
6:00–7:30 pm Dine-Arounds
THURSDAY, 4 OCTOBER
7:00 am–6:00 pm Registration Open
7:00–8:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30–8:15 am Conversations That Matter (Hosted by RAPS Fellows)
8:30–9:30 am Concurrent Education Sessions
9:30 am–4:00 pm RAPS Central Open
9:30 am–4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:30–10:30 am Beverage Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:30 am–12:00 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
12:00–1:30 pm Grab and Go Lunch and Open Exhibit Time
12:15–1:00 pm Sponsored Education Session
1:30–3:00 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
3:00–4:00 pm Beverage Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:15–4:00 pm
  • Sponsored Education Session
  • RAC Mini-Session
4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
6:00–7:30 pm Closing Reception


PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Workshop

Join us for a preconference warm up. Stretch your learning potential during our one-day and two-day workshops. Each are designed as an opportunity for you to take an extensive, in-depth look into specific regulatory topics, organized by experts. Prepare to fully explore an area of interest and emerge with an advanced skillset and newly developed strategies.

Single-day workshops can be mixed and matched based on your preference to focus on a specific product area or region. Two-day workshops span Monday and Tuesday to allow in-depth coverage of specific topics or regions. They cannot be combined with the single-day workshop offerings.

MONDAY, 1 OCTOBER
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Specific workshop offerings will be available soon.

TUESDAY, 2 OCTOBER
8:00 am–4:00 pm 
Specific workshop offerings will be available soon.

TRAVEL


The Regulatory Convergence will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Pl
Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1 Canada

Located on Vancouver’s waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world and convenient access to all the major visitor amenities in the downtown core. The distinctive multicultural make-up of the city, combined with spectacular natural beauty and easy air access to destinations around the globe, combine to make Vancouver a powerfully desirable destination. 

Vancouver Travel Information


Hotel Information

RAPS has secured a discounted room block at the following hotels. Please note to receive the discounted rate and RAPS benefits you must book through the RAPS hotel block. Please note that this is the official RAPS discounted room block – please be aware of scams and only book through the links below

Discounted housing cutoff 4 September 2018

  • Pan Pacific Vancouver (Headquarters)
    Link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/2018RAPS
    Phone:
    +1 604-662-3223 or 1-800-663-1515 (referenceRAPS2018 for discounted rate)
    99 Canada Pl #300 
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3B5, Canada
    Rate:
    Deluxe Room: $249 CAN (includes wifi)
    Deluxe Harbor Room: $279 CAN (includes wifi and view)
    Tax: 17.51%
    Check in: 4:00 pm
    Check out: 12:00 pm
  • Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
    Link:
    https://aws.passkey.com/go/raps2018
    Phone:
    +1 604-691-1991 or 1-866-540-4509 (reference RAPS2018 for discounted rate)
    900 Canada Place Way 
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5, Canada
    Rate: City or Water View Room: $299 CAN (includes wifi)
    Tax: 17.51%
    Check in: 3:00 pm
    Check out: 12:00 pm
  • Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront
    Link:
    https://aws.passkey.com/event/49385818/owner/2075/home
    Phone: 1-844-337-3118 (reference RAPS2018 for discounted rate)  
    1133 W Hastings St
    Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3, Canada
    Rate: $235 CAN (includes wifi)
    Tax: 17.51%
    Check in: 3:00 pm
    Check out: 12:00 pm
    Deposit Required: All reservation must be guaranteed by one nights deposit of major credit card. Deposit will be refunded if room cancelled within 72 hours of arrival 
  • Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
    Link:
    https://aws.passkey.com/e/49381127
    Phone: 1-800-207-4150 (reference RAPS2018 for discounted rate)         
    1128 W Hastings St
    Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5, Canada
    Rate: $289 CAN (includes wifi)
    Tax: 17.51%
    Check in: 3:00 pm
    Check out: 12:00 pm
    Deposit Required: All reservation must be guaranteed by one nights deposit of major credit card. Deposit will be refunded if room cancelled within 72 hours of arrival 

Call for Proposals

 

The Convergence Planning Committee welcomes proposals for the 2018 Convergence conference, 1-4 October 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, BC.

 

RAPS Regulatory Convergence is the largest professional meeting for those engaged with the regulation of healthcare products worldwide, and the conference’s goal is to educate attendees about the complex and evolving healthcare product regulatory environment and give them an opportunity to gather as a community, connect with one another, and share knowledge. The event attracts participants representing global regulatory bodies, industry, research, academic and clinical organizations involved with the full range of healthcare products across all facets of the product lifecycle.

 

Proposals are peer-reviewed for quality, educational content, logical presentation, and impact on the global healthcare regulatory community. Accepted proposals are scheduled as oral presentations in a variety of formats based on anticipated interest by attendees. By submitting a proposal, you agree that if your proposal is accepted, it will be presented as described.

 

How to Submit

To submit a proposal, go to the 2018 RAPS Convergence Call for Abstracts to complete the online form.

2018 RAPS Convergence Submission Preview


Important things to remember about the submission process:

  • You may save your progress at any point and return to your saved proposal any time up until the submission deadline of Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Failure to follow online submission procedures may result in rejection of the proposal.
  • All proposals must be submitted online; proposals submitted by email, fax or mail will not be accepted.
  • To submit a proposal, you must provide a valid e-mail address, as RAPS will rely exclusively on email communications related to proposal submission, disposition, and presentation.
  • Late and/or incomplete proposals won’t be accepted.
  • Please allow several days before the submission deadline to resolve questions or problems with the online submission process.
  • Although you may submit multiple proposed sessions, RAPS will not select more than two submissions from an individual to avoid speaker scheduling conflicts.
  • During the review process, preferential treatment will be given to presentations that fall into one of these hot topic areas

Schedule

30 November 2017 Call for Proposals released and submission site opens  
31 January 2018, 11:59 pm, EST Submission deadline for proposals. No extensions will be granted.  
April 2018 Acceptance/Rejection notifications will go out to all who submitted a complete proposal.
1 September 2018 Final presentation must be uploaded to the conference system.
1-4 October 2018 RAPS Regulatory Convergence, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, BC  
 

If your proposal is accepted:

  • Presenters will receive complimentary registration for the day of the presentation and are eligible to register at the volunteer rate of $250 for the additional day.
  • RAPS does not provide honorarium to cover expenses for presentations.
           

EXHIBITORS & SPONSORS

Exhibitor, Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

For information on exhibits and sponsorship opportunities, please see the appropriate RAPS contact below. 

View 2018 Convergence Floorplan

Exhibits

Leslie LeGrande
Sales Executive
+1 301 770 2920, ext. 221
exhibits@raps.org

Sponsorship  

Leslie LeGrande 
Sales Executive 
+1 301 770 2920, ext. 221 
exhibits@raps.org

Program Advertising

Alyssa Blackwell
Account Manager, Network Media Partners
+1 410 584 1989
ablackwell@networkmediapartners.com