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The latest from RAPS, including important updates on events, products and initiatives, as well as other useful articles from RAPS.

Convergence Exhibit Hall Offers Fun, Prizes, Personal Connections

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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Six Expert Regulatory Professionals to be Honored as RAPS Fellows

RAPS today announced six regulatory experts have joined the elite ranks of RAPS Fellows. The 2016 Fellows will be honored Tuesday, 20 September, during RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence conference in San Jose, CA. The Convergence is the largest annual gathering of the global regulatory profession, and RAPS’ signature annual event.

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RAPS and the Regulatory Profession: The Future of Regulatory

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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RAPS' New Book Offers 36 Articles on Eclectic Science Topics for Curious Readers

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

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

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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Dine Around San Jose at Regulatory Convergence

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

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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10 Disruptive Technologies and the Regulatory Implications

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.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Medical Devices, Clinical, Compliance, Ethics, Labeling, Manufacturing, Packaging, Articles, Under RAPS, HTML, RAPS, Advertising and Promotion, Communication Tags: disruptive technology, regulation, Regulatory Convergence, #2016RAPS
RAPS' Scope of Practice Survey Shows Regulatory Pros Play Increasingly Strategic Role; Compensation Up

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

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

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

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

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

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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Convergence Keynote Speaker Lori Hartwell Passionate About Patients

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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RAPS' First Chapter Celebrates 25 Years

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

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

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

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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RAPS Members on the Value of Regulatory Convergence

We recently asked a number of RAPS members at various stages of their regulatory careers about the value of attending the Regulatory Convergence. Hear what they had to say.

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8 Networking Tips for Regulatory Convergence Attendees

RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence offers attendees more than educational sessions and workshops. A big part of the value of the Convergence—or of any conference—lies in its networking opportunities. To make the best impression you can, and hopefully build long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships, there are a few networking basics you should keep in mind.

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219 Earned Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) Credential in Spring 2016

More than 200 regulatory professionals attained Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) during the spring 2016 exam cycle. Earned by passing one of four exams, the RAC is the only professional credential for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector.

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Bay Area Regulatory Pros Looking Forward to Convergence's Return to San Jose

Hear from San Francisco Bay Area regulatory professionals what makes the area such a special place, and why San Jose in particular is a great place to host RAPS' 2016 Regulatory Convergence.

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2015 Regulatory Convergence Highlights: Stephen Ostroff's Keynote

Each year, the Regulatory Convergence features dozens of speakers and panelists representing global regulatory agencies, including FDA and many others. Among the highlights of the 2015 Convergence in Baltimore was the opportunity to hear a keynote address from then-Acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff.

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