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The RAPS Fellows program recognizes and honors regulatory professionals who have made significant contributions to the regulatory profession. Candidates for the RAPS Fellow distinction are assessed against established criteria by considering their work career achievements and, more importantly, their volunteer contributions that have exceeded their employment commitments such as educating, training, writing, mentoring, etc., to the benefit of other regulatory professionals.

The application process intends to provide the candidate with the opportunity to provide evidence of their contributions and commitment to the continued growth and evolution of the regulatory profession.  There is also an expectation that Fellows will continue to commit to advancing the profession into the future by continuing to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise.

Application Information and Selection Process

RAPS Fellows must have an extensive and robust process at the strategic management levels outlined in the Regulatory Competency Framework. Below is a brief overview of the criteria and responsibilities of a RAPS Fellow.

Criteria to become a RAPS Fellow includes:

  • Active RAPS membership (exception: currently employed at a health agency)
  • Marked contributions to the regulatory profession
  • Regulatory management and leadership experience
  • Knowledge and breadth of critical regulatory issues
  • Stellar regulatory professional employment history
  • The pursuit of continuing education, including professional designations or certifications

RAPS Fellows responsibilities:

  • Provide ongoing representation as a leader at RAPS regulatory programs and other scientific meetings
  • Participate in forums covering key issues and trends facing the profession
  • Serve and lead the regulatory profession and RAPS
  • Assist in developing future RAPS leadership
  • Mentor new and/or junior RAPS members and other regulatory professionals by providing guidance and advice

RAPS Fellows Program 2022

The application cycle for the RAPS Fellows Program 2022 closed on 20 May. Fellows will be announced at RAPS Convergence 2022 in Phoenix, AZ.


To be eligible, candidates must:
  • Have an active RAPS membership
    • Individuals currently employed at a health authority are excluded from this membership requirement
  • ​Have a minimum of 10 years of extensive regulatory knowledge and breadth of experience in the profession, including healthcare and related products—medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biologics and nutritional products
  • Have a history of dedication to—and an interest in continuing to build and shape—the future of the regulatory profession

Application Process

  1. Complete the General Candidate Information Form so we have your general contact information and know that you are interested in applying.

  2. Download the Fellows Application Form. Be sure to complete all fields (incomplete applications will not be reviewed).

    The Fellows Application Form consists of questions about the candidate’s:
    • Contributions to the regulatory community
    • Regulatory work history
    • Regulatory management and leadership experience
    • Knowledge and breadth of regulatory issues
    • Plans for advancing the regulatory profession
    • Credentials and references (please note that the Fellows Committee reserves the right to contact your references to verify the information supplied in your application).
  3. Submit completed Fellows Application Form to Amy Fisher, Vice President, Engagement, Marketing & Member Development, RAPS at afisher@raps.org no later than Friday 20 May 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT.

Additional Information

RAPS Fellows are selected annually by a peer group, the RAPS Fellows Selection Committee. When reviewing applications, the Fellow Selection Committee focuses on the applicant’s:

  • Achievement of excellence in regulatory competence.
  • Contribution to the profession, especially beyond the routine and daily job expectations.
  • Concrete plans to continue contributing to the profession in the future.

Fellows will be announced and recognized at RAPS Convergence 2022 in Phoenix, AZ in September.

Reasons why some past applications did not result in Fellow recognition:

  • Failure to clearly communicate the case for selection
  • Failure to follow instructions or directly address the selection criteria
  • Insufficient years of experience
  • Contributions to the profession not sufficient/sustained
  • Incomplete applications