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, 6:00–7:30 pm 
Wednesday, 3 October, 10:00 am–4:00 pm 
Thursday, 4 October, 10:00 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 │ 3:00–3:45 pm  
Thursday, 4 October, 7:30–8:15 am │ 3:00–3:45 pm  

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

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, 6:00–7:30 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, 12:00–1:15 pm 
Thursday, 4 October, 12:00–1:15 pm

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

RAC MINI-SESSIONS

Wednesday, 3 October, 3:00–3:45 pm
Thursday, 4 October, 3:00–3:45 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, 5:30–6:30 pm  

AGENDA

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, 1 OCTOBER
8:00 am–5:00 pm 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
7:00–8:00 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 Opening Plenary, Awards and Recognition
6:00–7:30 pm Grand Opening of Exhibit Hall and Taste of Vancouver Neighborhoods
6:00–7:30 pm RAPS Central Open
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–10:00 am Concurrent Education Sessions
10:00 am–4:00 pm RAPS Central Open
10:00 am–4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:00–10:30 am Beverage Break
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
1:15–2:45 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
2:45–3:45 pm Beverage Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:00–3:45 pm
  • Sponsored Education Session
  • RAC Mini-Session
  • Conversations that Matter (Hosted by RAPS Fellows)
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 am–8:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am–8:15 am Conversations That Matter (Hosted by RAPS Fellows)
8:30 am–10:00 am Concurrent Education Sessions
10:00 am–4:00 pm RAPS Central Open
10:00 am–4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:00–10:30 am Beverage Break
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
1:15–2:45 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
2:45–3:45 pm Beverage Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:00–3:45 pm
  • Sponsored Education Session
  • RAC Mini-Session
  • Conversations that Matter (Hosted by RAPS Fellows)
4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Education Sessions
5:30–6:30 pm Closing Reception

EDUCATION BYDESIGN

Engage in a variety of sessions that cover multiple areas of focus within the regulatory world. The following program tracks are available this year:

WORKSHOP

Workshops

BIOPHARMA

Biopharmaceuticals

CONVERSATIONS

Conversations That Matter

FOOD

Health-Related Foods

IN VITRO

In Vitro Diagnostics

MEDICAL

Medical Devices

MULTIPLE

Multiple Themes

MINI

RAC Mini Sessions

BUSINESS

Regulatory Business

SPONSORED

Sponsored Education Sessions

NETWORKING

Networking Events

PLENARY

Plenary Events

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.


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 (reference RAPS2018 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 


Travel Facts


Travel Alert

Please be aware unnamed organization may reach out to Convergence registrants and offered discount hotel rooms or travel assistance. Be aware that this is a scam. Any such group is not affiliated with RAPS in any way, and you should not provide any credit card or personal information to them. The above RAPS Housing link is the official RAPS link and no other. Please use the airline or travel agent of your choice. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact marie.fredlake@conferencedirect.com.

Getting There

Air Canada is your best choice to Vancouver with the most non-stop flights and access from over 190 cities worldwide: https://www.tourismvancouver.com/book-flights/ 
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers 

Taxi: $35 CAN All taxis accept credit cards
Taxi service via zones please reference the following map 
http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/transportation/taxis
Estimated Travel Time: 25 minutes

Train from airport to downtown: http://tripplanning.translink.ca/ 
Cost: $7-10
Estimated Travel Time: 30-45 minutes

Parking at the Convention Center:
Please reference the below for the best options for parking
http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com/visiting/parking 

Currencyhttps://www.tourismvancouver.com/plan-your-trip/travel-tips-tools/ 
Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many 24-hour-access automated banking machines.  Many Canadian businesses accept U.S. currency and traveller’s cheques.  International currency exchanges are available at the airport and at all the banks in the city. Major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express), are generally accepted by Canadian businesses. 

The U.S. dollar is currently valued at. $1.40 Canadian and many cabs and restaurants will accept US cash on par.  Exchange rates vary daily.

Passports, Visas, Medial Insurance:  https://www.tourismvancouver.com/plan-your-trip/travel-tips-tools/canada-border-services/ 
A passport or Visa is required to enter Canada
Travelers are advised to stay informed of Canadian and U.S. passport regulations. http://www.cic.gc.ca   
US Travelers can visit this website for American Citizens entering Canada   - http://canada.usembassy.gov/traveling_to_canada/entering-canada.html 

Requirements for International Visitors entering Canada:
Persons visiting from countries other than the United States must have a valid passport and may require other documentation such as visas. 
Check with the nearest Canadian Consulate well in advance of travel.  

Do you have a DUI charge?  For more information, please see   http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?q=152&t=8 

A new Electronic Travel Authorization form is now required as of March 15th, 2016. Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization?  Citizens from countries other than the United States (U.S.) who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an eTA before flying to Canada.

To view the list of countries, please visit Canada.ca/eTA. 
Note:  Travelers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land or sea. https://tourismvancouver.box.com/s/ek7pjiquv6ylwcbbepwflpfyzdi3z42o 

Tips on using Cell Phones – Get a data and long-distance plan before leaving home
Roaming charges and data plan fees for cell phones (especially smart phones like the iPhone or the Android) and tablets like the iPad can be costly, with prices spiking as high as several dollars per minute. Before catching your flight to Canada, contact your local cell phone carrier to get information about special pricing plans for calls, text messaging and Internet usage outside your home country. If you use a smart phone, ask your carrier about certain settings such as "airplane mode" that may help you save money on usage.

Below are links to some popular carriers' international coverage plans:

Eat https://www.tourismvancouver.com/restaurants/ 
Vancouverites know their city’s culinary scene. They know where to find the best tower of fresh seafood, the finest house-made charcuterie, the most delicious taco truck, and the best list of B.C. wines. Vancouverites are entirely capable of having a stand-up argument about which sushi restaurant is the best, even if both restaurants are exquisite.

#VeryVancouver Experiences – All RAPS hotels and Convention Center is about a 15-minute walk from lots of VeryVancouver Experiences!

Local favorite adventures. Whether you have an hour or a day.  https://www.tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/veryvancouver-experiences/ 

The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, but it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios. https://www.tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/neighbourhoods/granville-island/ 

Explore a neighborhood https://www.tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/neighbourhoods/ 


 

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PRESENTER RESOURCES

Step 1: Review presenter requirements and benefits (PDF)

Step 2: Confirm participation
Email Heather Wakefield at hwakefield@raps.org to confirm that you will participate as a presenter and agree to the requirements and benefits.

Step 3: Book hotel and travel 
See the Travel page for details.
RAPS will only book hotel accommodations and flights for health authority officials as required.

Step 4: Register as presenter
Please refer to your invitation from RAPS for instructions on how to register as a presenter. Please email Heather Wakefield at hwakefield@raps.org with any questions.

Step 5: Review guidelines, timeline and submit presentation

  • Download the PowerPoint Presentation Template (.pptx) (strongly encouraged but not required) and refer to the AV Specifications for Presentations and Equipment (PDF) document.
  • Please refrain from biased and commercial references to individual companies, organizations or products.
  • 20 August Presenters will receive a separate notification from RAPS with the presentation submission link and a personalized login.
  • 20 August–5 September Presenters email all PowerPoint presentations to session leader(s) for review. Session leaders to review presenter PowerPoint presentations prior to submission to RAPS to ensure fair-balanced educational content.
  • 5 September Submit presentation(s) to RAPS for conversion to pre-meeting handouts in a secure PDF format.
  • 5 September–27 September Submission site remains open for uploading updated/revised presentations.
  • Week of 10 September PowerPoint presentation slides converted to a secure PDF format will be made available to conference attendees.  

Step 6: Check in on site
Speaker Ready Room
RAPS staff and a technician will be available to assist you with your presentation. You will be able to review, edit and preview your presentation as it will be displayed in your session room and you can prepare with other speakers and print documents related to your presentation.

We recommend you check in a minimum of 24 hours in advance of your session, but please make every effort to finalize your presentation for morning sessions by closing time the day prior or for afternoon sessions by 11:30 am on the day of your session. 

Speaker Ready Room hours of operation:

  • Monday, 1 October: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 2 October: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 3 October: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, 4 October: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Step 7: Earn RAC credits
If you hold the RAC credential, you are eligible for recertification credits as part of your participation in RAPS Regulatory Convergence. Presenters receive four hours of recertification credits per hour of instruction, and conference attendees can receive a maximum of 12 RAC recertification credits for attending the full program and six RAC recertification credits for attending each day of a workshop (per the Recertification Guide [.pdf]).

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