The RAC is the only credential for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector. The RAC demonstrates to employers, clients and colleagues essential knowledge, critical thinking abilities and a commitment to continuing professional development. It is designed for working regulatory professionals, with at least three to five years of regulatory experience. There are four different RAC exams. The US, EU and Canada exams test regional regulations and involvement with regulatory bodies. The global exam focuses on international standards and guidelines. All four exams test for regulatory knowledge, critical thinking and analysis throughout the lifecycle of a product.
Everything you need to know, from applying and paying for the exam to exam day preparation and receiving your results, can be found in our RAC Candidate Guide, RAC exam overview video and RAC timeline.
Already a RAC Holder?
After passing the RAC, you must maintain your credential through continued education and professional development activities every three years. Recertification reinforces the importance of advancing your regulatory knowledge and skills and enhances ongoing professional development. The professional development required to maintain the RAC credential also helps sustain the global recognition, status and value of the credential. Keep up-to-date on deadlines and requirements by reviewing our Recertification Guide.
When your goal is to get your resume to the top of a recruiter’s pile, having the RAC is your advantage in getting recognized for an advanced job in regulatory. The RAC stands out from continuing education, like certificate programs, because it indicates mastery and competency. If you have more than three years of regulatory affairs experience, consider being a part of the prestigious RAC community. With an RAC, you can do more for your employer and earn more along the way.
Benefits for You:
- Illustrates your regulatory proficiency
- Highlights your professional and personal accomplishments in regulatory affairs
- Encourages continuous career development through credential maintenance
- Promotes career longevity and advancement through continued skill development
- Secures greater earning potential (RAC holders earn an average of 11% more than those without the credential)
Benefits for Your Employer:
- Validates your employee’s professional competence in the regulatory field
- Promotes ongoing professional development through credential maintenance
- Encourage development of a more productive and highly trained workforce
RAC Certification or Certificate Training Program?
You want to take your regulatory career to the next level, but you’re not sure which direction to take. To help you decide, make sure you understand the difference between earning a professional certification and taking a certificate course.
The Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) is a professional certification. The primary purpose of a professional certification program is to provide an independent assessment of the knowledge, skills and/or competencies required for competent performance of a professional role. This assessment is typically accomplished by the successful completion of an examination.
A certificate training program’s primary purpose is to provide education and training so that participants can attain defined learning objectives in a particular area of regulatory affairs. Although assessment is a part of a certificate training program, the assessment is conducted to evaluate the attainment of the learning objectives.
2017 RAC Candidate Guide Update