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    Key regulators featured in RAPS Convergence 2021 health authority forums

    On Monday, RAPS Convergence 2021 attendees will have the opportunity to hear from global regulators during three health authority forums. The presentations will highlight key topics and updates relevant to each regulatory body in hour-long sessions.   The session featuring Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) features four Japanese regulators, including session leader Tetsuya Kusakabe, PMDA’s international coordination officer, and Kanako Sasaki, de...
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    Convergence: Plenary probes how FDA, EMA will move forward

    During the opening plenary session for RAPS Convergence 2021, leading regulators from the US and EU moved beyond the now-obligatory discussion of lessons learned from the pandemic to a substantive review of how the agencies are really faring a year and a half into the public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Speaking to an audience of regulatory experts in attendance at the virtual conference, Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Admin...
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    RAPS honors 7 distinguished individuals and an advocacy group for contributions to the regulatory profession and patient health

    RAPS has recognized seven distinguished professionals and one patient advocacy organization with awards for their work to support the regulatory profession and advance public health. RAPS’ Founder’s Award, Community Leadership Award and Patient-Centered Health Award are presented annually during RAPS Convergence , the world’s largest conference dedicated to healthcare product regulation and regulatory issues. This year’s Convergence will take place virtually 12–15 Septemb...
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    US to continue international inspection cooperation, says Marks

    Some of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) pandemic-related changes are likely here to stay, a top FDA official told Focus .   In the leadup to RAPS Convergence 2021, Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), spoke with Focus about how CBER’s pandemic pivot accelerated a trend toward global cooperation, and how the changes stand to benefit patients and industry going forward.   Business as usual came to a halt...
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    Chisholm, Falcone, Soo and Steffen named RAPS Fellows

    RAPS today announced the names of four exceptional senior regulatory professionals who will join the venerated ranks of RAPS Fellows . The 2021 RAPS Fellows are:   Orin Chisholm , FRAPS, BSc (Hons), GCULT, PhD, SFHEA, principal consultant, Pharmed, Sydney, Australia Robert Falcone , FRAPS, PhD, senior manager, regulatory affairs, Prestige Consumer Healthcare Inc., Tarrytown, NY Chin-Wei Soo , FRAPS, DRSc, global regulatory head, devices and combination products,...
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    Top FDA and EMA officials to kick off Convergence 2021

    RAPS will hold its annual Convergence, the world’s largest conference dedicated to healthcare product regulation and regulatory issues, 12–15 September . Convergence 2021 will be a live, virtual event featuring more than 100 educational sessions, presentations, panel discussions, speaker and author meet and greets, and other interactive sessions with more than 200 expert speakers.   The four-day conference will kick off with an opening plenary and panel discussion o...
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    RAPS announces board slate; Cooper, Salditt to serve second terms

    The RAPS nominating committee has selected the slate of new members set to join the board for the term beginning 1 January 2022, following careful review of all nominations for two open director positions. Following are the two incoming directors: Carol Cooper , MS, RAC, IM(ASCP), RM(AAM), principal, CM Cooper and Associates Diana Salditt , FRAPS, independent regulatory advisor, (formerly) senior program director, Medtronic  Both Cooper and Salditt are current fi...
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    First virtual RAPS Convergence draws nearly 1,500 participants, earns praise

    RAPS last week wrapped up its first RAPS Convergence conference to be held completely online. RAPS Convergence is the largest annual gathering of the global healthcare regulatory community and the only US event exclusively dedicated to the regulatory profession. RAPS completely redesigned this year’s conference, transforming what has traditionally been a face-to-face event in a different host city each year, into a live, virtual, interactive experience for the nearly ...
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    RAPS recognizes new Fellows, Creaven-Capasso, Drago and McKeen

    RAPS has announced the three outstanding senior regulatory professionals comprising the 2020 class of RAPS Fellows . The honor of being a RAPS Fellow is reserved for seasoned, proven leaders, who thrive on building and sharing regulatory knowledge that shapes the future of the profession. New Fellows are selected annually and recognized in conjunction with RAPS Convergence , the largest annual conference for the global healthcare regulatory community. This year’s event w...
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    Update: RAPS Convergence 2020 goes live online this September

    The RAPS Convergence conference will transition to a virtual-only experience for the first time ever in 2020, with two registration options for its upcoming annual event, which was originally planned to convene in San Antonio, TX. In addition, the event dates have been adjusted slightly to accommodate the new format and will take place 13–16 September. RAPS Convergence is the largest annual gathering of the global healthcare regulatory community and the only U.S. event e...
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    RAPS announces slate of incoming board members

    After reviewing all nominations for the four open director positions on the RAPS board of directors for its next term, the RAPS nominating committee has selected the slate of new members set to join the board for the 2021–2022 term. Following are the four incoming board members: Kimberly Belsky, MS, executive director, regulatory policy and intelligence, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Lawrence Liberti, PhD, RAC, head, regulatory collaborations, Centre for Innovation in R...
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    RAPS Welcomes Germany Chapter

    RAPS added another European chapter as it announced the launch of the RAPS Germany Chapter . The group began its affiliation with RAPS as a local networking group before becoming an official chapter. The addition of the Germany chapter to RAPS’ global network brings the worldwide total to 19 chapters and eight local networking groups. “In Germany as elsewhere in Europe, RAPS’ presence has been enthusiastically received, linking local regulatory professionals with their...