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UPDATE: Showcase Your Expertise at Regulatory Convergence; Proposal Deadline Extended By Zachary Brousseau - Published 13 January 2017

Participating as a speaker or session leader offers an opportunity for regulatory experts to share their knowledge and insight with the global regulatory community and to enhance the own professional reputations and personal brand

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RAPS' New Board of Directors Begins 2017 Term By Zachary Brousseau - Published 11 January 2017

The 2017 term for the board of directors of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) began officially on 1 January. For the new term, Todd Chermak of Abbott Established Pharmaceuticals takes over as chairman. In addition, Susumu Nozawa of BD assumes the role of president; Don Boyer, formerly of Health Canada and currently of BOYER@RegulatorySolns, steps in as president-elect; and Salma Michor of Michor Consulting e.U, continues to serve as treasurer. Two new directors also have joined the board: Gert Bos of Qserve Group and Michael Morton of Medtronic.

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UPDATE: Authors for Four US Regulatory Fundamentals Chapters Needed By RAPS Staff - Published 05 January 2017

RAPS currently is seeking authors for chapters to be published in the 10th edition of Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs.

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RAPS Holiday Schedule Announced By Zachary Brousseau - Published 15 December 2016

RAPS wishes all our members, readers, customers and the entire global regulatory community a healthy and happy holiday season and new year.

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RAPS' Regulatory Exchange Wins 'Most Successful Community' Award By Zachary Brousseau - Published 08 December 2016

RAPS’ members-only online community, Regulatory Exchange or “RegEx” as it is often called, was recently named one of three “Most Successful Community” award winners of 2016 by Higher Logic. RegEx is built on the Higher Logic platform.

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Six Expert Regulatory Professionals Honored as RAPS Fellows By Zachary Brousseau - Published 29 September 2016

Last week at RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence in San Jose, CA, RAPS honored six regulatory experts who recently joined the elite ranks of RAPS Fellows. The RAPS Fellows program recognizes senior regulatory professionals for their continued contributions and leadership toward the advancement of the profession and the professional.

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Convergence Exhibit Hall Offers Fun, Prizes, Personal Connections By Zachary Brousseau - Published 14 September 2016

In addition to being the location for the opening reception, the exhibit hall also provides a place for you to take a break in between education sessions, network with fellow attendees and connect with representatives from companies that may be helpful to you in your daily work or regulatory career.

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Tags: Convergence, exhibitors, exhibit hall

RAPS and the Regulatory Profession: The Future of Regulatory By Mary Meagher - Published 07 September 2016

Over the past 40 years, RAPS has sought to elevate the regulatory profession through education, certification and the sharing of knowledge. While RAPS members will celebrate this drive toward regulatory excellence in San Jose at the 2016 Regulatory Convergence, the regulatory environment continues to evolve.

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Tags: regulatory profession, future, RAPS 40th anniversary

RAPS' New Book Offers 36 Articles on Eclectic Science Topics for Curious Readers By Zachary Brousseau - Published 06 September 2016

RAPS has just published a new book that offers curious readers a collection of 36 brief, interesting articles on a range of science and regulatory topics, some published for the first time. The new book, Eclectic Science and Regulatory Compliance: Stories for the Curious, by Max Sherman, is a follow-up to his popular 2012 book From Alzheimer’s to Zebrafish: Eclectic Science and Regulatory Stories.

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Regulatory Convergence Preview: Regulation and Innovation By Zachary Brousseau - Published 01 September 2016

RAPS will bring the largest annual gathering of the global healthcare regulatory profession to San Jose, CA, 17–20 September. The 2016 Regulatory Convergence will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. This year marks RAPS’ 40th anniversary, and the Convergence will celebrate RAPS’ four decades, as well as examine the future of the profession, healthcare product innovation and regulation. The focus on innovation is particularly apt this year as the event convenes in the heart of technology hub, Silicon Valley.

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Popular RAPS App Back Again for 2016 Regulatory Convergence By Zachary Brousseau - Published 31 August 2016

The RAPS Events app offers users a convenient tool for finding information about sessions, speakers, events and activities; creating personalized agendas; accessing speaker presentation materials; reviewing sessions and speakers; participating in polls and surveys; and sharing comments and photos; as well as a fun way to earn points and prizes.

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Tags: Regulatory Convergence, RAPS Events, mobile, app

Dine Around San Jose at Regulatory Convergence By Zachary Brousseau - Published 30 August 2016

The 2016 Regulatory Convergence in San Jose is now just a few weeks away. If you have attended Convergence in the past you probably know that some of the most popular social opportunities each year are the “dine-arounds.”

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RAPS and the Regulatory Profession: Two-Way Communication Between Industry and Regulators By Mary Meahger - Published 22 August 2016

When the regulatory profession convenes for the 2016 Regulatory Convergence in San Jose next month, it will be an occasion for members from both government and industry to build on their working relationships, to discuss with one another new guidelines and compliance issues and, generally, to bridge their understanding about regulatory matters unique to those who work in different facets of the profession.

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Tags: RAPS 40th Anniversary, regulatory profession, communication

10 Disruptive Technologies and the Regulatory Implications By Zachary Brousseau - Published 17 August 2016

The healthcare products sector has seen the introduction and development of a number of disruptive technologies in recent years. The future of healthcare lies in groundbreaking tech like 3D printing and personalized medicine. But these new innovations also bring regulatory challenges. This article examines 10 disruptive technologies regulatory professionals should be tracking.

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Tags: disruptive technology, regulation, Regulatory Convergence, #2016RAPS

RAPS' Scope of Practice Survey Shows Regulatory Pros Play Increasingly Strategic Role; Compensation Up By Zachary Brousseau - Published 17 August 2016

RAPS today released the results of its biennial survey of healthcare product regulatory professionals around the world. The survey asked respondents about their daily work, education and professional backgrounds, and compensation. RAPS has compiled and published key survey results and analysis in its 2016 Scope of Practice & Compensation Report for the Regulatory Profession.

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Head of Cuban Regulatory Agency to Make First Appearance at Regulatory Convergence By Zachary Brousseau - Published 15 August 2016

This year, for the first time ever at RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence, attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from Cuba’s top regulatory authority. Rafael Perez Cristia, head of the National Regulatory Agency, Cuba, will participate in two sessions, both taking place Tuesday, 20 September. Perez Cristia will discuss the country’s regulatory environment and biotech industry.

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RAPS Appoints Paul Brooks as Next Executive Director By RAPS Staff - Published 11 August 2016

RAPS today announced that Paul Brooks has been appointed executive director. Brooks will officially join RAPS on 12 September 2016. He succeeds Sherry Keramidas, who retired last January after 20 years at RAPS.

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10 Can't Miss Regulatory Convergence Sessions: 6-10 By Zachary Brousseau - Published 09 August 2016

We highlight some standout sessions that might help you with your Convergence plans, but bear in mind this list is by no means complete. Of the more than 100 individual sessions, featuring more than 250 speakers, there are many that will be highly informative and well worth attending. With that caveat, we present in no particular order the second five of the 10 sessions we identified that are likely to be popular this year. The first five were presented in part one of this two-part series.

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Prepare for the Digital Revolution, Says Convergence Keynote Speaker Ray Wang By Zachary Brousseau - Published 04 August 2016

Regulatory Focus asked 2016 Convergence keynote speaker, R “Ray” Wang, who is principal analyst, founder, and chairman of Silicon Valley-based Constellation Research, about the healthcare product industry, changing business models, disruptive technologies and what it all means for regulatory professionals.

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10 Can't Miss Regulatory Convergence Sessions: 1-5 By Zachary Brousseau - Published 03 August 2016

We highlight some standout sessions that might help you with your Convergence plans, but bear in mind this list is by no means complete. Of the more than 100 individual sessions, featuring more than 250 speakers, there are many that will be highly informative and well worth attending. With that caveat, we present in no particular order five of the 10 sessions we identified that are likely to be popular this year. Sessions six through 10 will follow in part two.

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Tags: Regulatory Convergence, #2016RAPS, sessions

Convergence Keynote Speaker Lori Hartwell Passionate About Patients By Zachary Brousseau - Published 28 July 2016

Regulatory Convergence closing keynote speaker, Lori Hartwell is a four-time kidney transplant recipient, a patient advocate, founder of the Renal Support Network and author of the book, Chronically Happy—Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness. You can’t help but to be inspired not just by her story, but by her optimistic way of looking at the world.

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Tags: Regulatory Convergence, keynote, Lori Hartwell, #2016RAPS, patient advocacy

RAPS' First Chapter Celebrates 25 Years By Mary Meagher - Published 27 July 2016

The RAPS Bay Area Chapter is RAPS’ first, and will celebrate its 25th anniversary as RAPS celebrates its 40th during the 2016 Regulatory Convergence in San Jose, CA. We look back at the chapter’s origins, and at its current state as one of RAPS’ largest, most active chapters.

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RAPS and the Regulatory Profession: The Global Professional Network By Mary Meagher - Published 26 July 2016

Because regulatory issues are relatively unique—and a shared body of knowledge is important to regulatory professionals’ work—RAPS helps provide the continued education, skills and connections to address the challenges regulatory professionals face every day. RAPS provides the platforms for regulatory professionals to interact with one another, whether they work for regulatory agencies, in industry, academia or elsewhere. This shared professional network helps everyone better understand the issues that are evolving and how to engage in creating solutions.

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RAPS and the Regulatory Profession: Elevating Standards Through Education and Certification By Mary Meagher - Published 21 July 2016

Forty years ago, RAPS was born as members of a burgeoning profession desired to keep abreast of regulatory developments in the medical device industry. As the scope of work of regulatory professionals has expanded, so too has RAPS’ mission to drive regulatory excellence for the profession, paving the way with training and certification.

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RAPS and the Regulatory Profession: How Far We Have Come By Mary Meagher - Published 20 July 2016

As RAPS  celebrates 40 years of driving regulatory excellence, it has seen its membership  transformed from a  collection of individuals from varied fields, tasked  with the administrative aspects of a growing body of regulatory requirements,  to a group of regulatory professionals who are asked to work throughout the  product lifecycle—who link science, technology and innovation with clinical  needs, and maintain a watchful eye on regulations, policy and good business  practice.

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