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    Meet Regulatory Convergence Keynote Speaker Daniel Pink

    One of the many highlights of RAPS’ annual Regulatory Convergence is the opening keynote speaker. The opening presentation often sets the tone for the entire conference and gets attendees talking and thinking in new ways right from the start, and this year’s keynote on 26 October in Baltimore from author and TV host Daniel Pink promises to be a memorable one. Pink is known for using “diabolical psychology for the greater good,” as he likes to say. He delves into...
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    RAPS Announces New Board Slate

    The RAPS Nominating Committee has announced its slate of one new officer and three directors nominated to serve on the RAPS board of directors for terms beginning January 2016. Current board member Susumu Nozawa, RAC, FRAPS, director, technical and regulatory policy/corporate regulatory affairs for BD, has been nominated to serve as the body’s next president-elect. The president-elect serves in that role for one year before succeeding to become president, then chai...
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    Acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff to Speak at RAPS' Regulatory Convergence

    Acting Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Stephen Ostroff , MD, will speak to attendees of the 2015 RAPS Regulatory Convergence . RAPS’ signature annual event for the regulatory profession will take place 24–28 October in Baltimore. Ostroff will speak 27 October, delivering a special keynote address, then he will participate in a panel discussion on key agency activities and initiatives. Other expert panelists are expected to be announced in...
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    RAPS Mid-Atlantic Career Day Draws Nearly 100 to Learn, Network

    Earlier this month, nearly 100 regulatory professionals, career changers, students and others gathered at the Montgomery County (MD) campus of Johns Hopkins University to learn, network and perhaps take the next steps in their regulatory careers. This was the second year for this regional career event. It was organized by RAPS DC/Baltimore Chapter Co-Chairs Nancy Singer (pictured), RAC, FRAPS, JD, president, Compliance Alliance LLC; and Daniela Drago, PhD, assis...
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    How to be a Regulatory Leader

    Increasingly, regulatory professionals need to be effective leaders. Not only are they leading regulatory departments and cross-functional work groups, they also are being called upon to play key roles on corporate and organizational leadership teams. RAPS’ Scope of Practice Study shows that regulatory professionals now spend up to a third of their time working on strategy or business-related duties. Recognizing the value regulatory experts bring to the C-suite, s...
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    Regulatory Pros and Hopefuls Gather in Chicago for Midwest Career Day

    The first-ever RAPS Midwest Regional Career Day was held last month outside Chicago, attracting 75 attendees from surrounding areas and as far away as Minneapolis and Louisville, KY. Attendees came to network, meet with recruiters and hear presentations from a range of speakers. Presenters included the event organizers from the RAPS Chicago Chapter, several experienced regulatory professionals talking about their own career paths, job search experts, an investigator...
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    An Individual’s Experience at the RAPS Executive Development Program

    Regulatory leaders need to deliver strategic value to their organizations—the RAPS Executive Development Program is a key component in building the necessary skill set to succeed. According to the RAPS 2014 Scope of Practice , the vast majority of individuals entering the regulatory profession hold scientific or engineering roles and only 14% of regulatory professionals have a business background. Considering this lack of experience, bridging the gap between regulator...
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    RAPS Seeks Applications for 2015 Fellows

    RAPS is calling for applications for the 2015 class of RAPS Fellows. The RAPS Fellows program was launched in 2008 to recognize senior regulatory professionals for their continued significant contributions and leadership in the advancement of the regulatory profession. This year’s Fellows will be honored during 2015 RAPS: The Regulatory Convergence , which will take place 24–28 October in Baltimore. “RAPS Fellows represent the best of the regulatory professi...
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    Should You Pursue a Master's Degree or a Regulatory Affairs Certificate?

    There is mounting evidence that pursuing a professional or graduate certificate may be a very savvy career investment. The popularity of certificates is on the rise. According to a 2012 study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, certificates are the fastest growing postsecondary credential, and second only to bachelor’s degrees in the number earned each year. About 10% of regulatory professionals now have postgraduate certifica...
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    Regulatory Profession a Promising Field in China, Says RAPS China Advisory Committee Member Lin

    The following article was adapted from a translation of the original interview conducted in Chinese.  Two decades ago, unlike many of her contemporaries, Linda Lin decided not to pursue a job that would have been a more traditional choice for a woman in China, a job like teacher for example, to work in a joint-venture pharmaceutical factory in Guangzhou. Today, she is vice president of international business for Shanghai MicroPort Medical (Group) Co. Ltd. She also serv...
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    Tell RAPS How to Get Organized

    Sometimes, when you look for information on a website, the intuitive way topics are organized leads you to exactly what you were searching for in mere moments. Other times, information is not where you expect it to be, menus are confusing and when you finally find the page you were looking for, it’s not as helpful as it could be. RAPS is trying to make navigating its website, RAPS.org , much more like the former experience and much less like the latter. As part ...
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    RAPS Wants to Know How to Better Help You Survey Deadline: 27 March

    • 24 March 2015
    RAPS has launched a new survey as part of its effort to improve the RAPS.org website and make it the best source of information and resources for regulatory professionals around the world. You have until Friday, 27 March to take this brief survey, which is open to everyone in the RAPS community—RAPS members and nonmembers alike. RAPS’ ultimate goal is to provide more valuable content online and make RAPS.org easier to use, so the questions focus on the needs and pr...