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Apply for the RAC

Congratulations on your decision to obtain a RAC! Your RAC will serve as a valuable accomplishment as it represents your knowledge and commitment to the industry.

You may register online or via fax. If you experience any trouble, please contact us at +1 301 770 2920.

Exam Offerings

RAC exams are administrated twice a year, in the spring and autumn.

Testing Window* Registration Deadline Register Online Register by Mail/Fax
2014 Autumn Exams: October – November 1 September Register Download

Exam Location

Once you are registered for the RAC, you will receive information on how to choose your exam location. Exam sites are located around the world in hundreds of centers. Explore your location options.


You are qualified to sit for the RAC if you have obtained one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s (Baccalaureate) degree or university-awarded equivalent and at least three years of regulatory or related healthcare product experience; or
  • Master’s degree and at least two years of regulatory or related healthcare product experience; or
  • Doctorate degree and at least one year of regulatory or healthcare product related experience 

Application Fee

RAPS members: $425, Nonmembers: $525

Application Withdrawal

Candidates must submit written request for withdrawal of their application by the late registration deadline date to receive a refund, less the $100 nonrefundable fee.

Candidates who do not submit a written notification of withdrawal by the late registration deadline date will not receive a refund but may submit a new application for a future testing window.

More Details

For more detailed information on the RAC process, please view the RAC Candidate Guide (updated for autumn of 2014) and the complete RAC Policies & Procedures Guide.

Certification Vs. Certificate

The RAC is a professional certification: A formal recognition by an established and credible professional organization that an individual has demonstrated proficiency within, and comprehension of, an identified body of knowledge.

To earn a RAC, you must demonstrate competency by passing an exam, administrated by an accredited third-party testing provider. Neither the RAC Program nor RAPS requires you to take specific training courses as a condition of awarding the RAC credential; it is based solely on your exam performance.

What the RAC is not – A RAC is not a certificate, a document awarded for the attainment or completion of a series of courses or verification of attendance or participation in a learning event. Certificates do not have ongoing maintenance or renewal requirements and a certificate is not a precursor to certification.

The RAC Program is guided by the Regulatory Affairs Certification Board (RACB) and independent exam committees.

Download RAC Autumn Candidate Guide
Certification vs. Credential
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