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    RAPS' virtual Euro Convergence 'provides needed forum' for European regulatory pros

    RAPS’ weeklong 2020 Euro Convergence wrapped up today, fittingly concluding with a session devoted to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of regulatory. The profound effects of the pandemic have reached across myriad aspects of healthcare and regulation, forcing regulators and regulated industry to adapt and collaborate in new ways, streamline processes and work on accelerated timeframes.   Euro Convergence programming also had to adapt to suit this yea...
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    Euro Convergence: Looming deadlines, regulatory bottlenecks keep EU officials up at night

    The opening plenary session of the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting brought together regulatory professionals from industry, notified bodies and competent authorities. The virtual format, said co-chair  Gert Bos, FRAPS of the Netherlands’ Qserve Group, meant that it was possible to draw together a record 14 individuals for the session.   Co-chair Sabina Hoekstra-van den Bosch, PharmD, FRAPS, asked session participants what is keeping them up at night in 2020, espe...
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    EC’s Erik Hansson among panelists for Euro Convergence opening plenary

    Erik Hansson, the European Commission’s deputy head of devices, will be among the expert panelists kicking off RAPS’ 2020 Euro Convergence , being held live online, 26–30 October. The 26 October plenary, Global Perspectives on the 2020 Regulatory Landscape, will feature 16 regulatory experts from organizations including government agencies, notified bodies and manufacturers. Hansson leads the EC’s operational team dealing with the implementation of the EU Medical Devic...
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    RAPS Euro Convergence to address Europe’s top regulatory challenges, say conference co-chairs

    RAPS’ 2020 Euro Convergence kicks off in less than three weeks. The conference, which had originally been scheduled to take place in Brussels in May, will be held all online, 26–30 October. It follows the successful, first-ever virtual RAPS Convergence last month, and comes at a crucial time for the life sciences sector in Europe. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, regulatory professionals working with products for the European market had their hands full. The pendi...
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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 offers sneak peek of first virtual Convergence

    With the 2020 RAPS Convergence set to begin a fully-virtual experience for the first time ever next month, and just ahead of the 14 August early bird deadline , RAPS has posted a new video to help attendees and potential attendees get a better feel for the live, online event.   Offering a sneak peek of key elements of the 2020 Convergence to be held September 13–16, the video highlights the record participation by global health authority speakers, inspiring pl...
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    RAPS Euro Convergence to be held online and in-person in Brussels, 26–30 October

    RAPS announced today that the format for its Euro Convergence 2020 , taking place 26–30 October in Brussels, has been redesigned as a hybrid online and in-person event. Attendees can now experience Euro Convergence by attending in Brussels at the Radisson Blu hotel and/or virtually via a robust, online platform. The conference, which originally had been scheduled for May, was updated and rescheduled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to allow access to this important Eu...
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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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    Recon: Abbott beats quarterly profit estimates; UK approves Penlon ventilator for COVID-19

    Editor’s note: Regulatory Recon will be undergoing some changes in the coming weeks as we fine tune its content and presentation to better align with the topics and industries it covers. We value your input as we adapt Recon going forward. Please write to news@raps.org if you have any comments or suggestions.   In Focus: US Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments undermines efforts, experts say ( Washington Post ) House Speaker Pelosi calls Trump WHO decision sen...
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    RAPS Honors Winners of Founder’s Award, Community Leadership Award and New Patient-Centered Health Award

    RAPS today recognized five distinguished individuals and one leading advocacy organization for contributions to the regulatory profession and to promoting public health.   “The Founder’s Award is RAPS’ highest honor,” said RAPS Executive Director Paul Brooks. “It recognizes exemplary professionals who have had a substantial and sustained impact over the course of their careers, shaping regulatory policy and practice, and advancing the regulatory profession.”   The ...
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    APEC Members See Increased Regulatory Convergence

    Countries involved in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are better aligning their regulatory schemes related to drugs and medical devices, according to a new survey unveiled Monday at an APEC meeting in Chile. The survey shows how between 2008 and 2019, APEC countries are seeing modest increases in: Sharing information (from 16 APEC economies to 19 economies) Establishing confidentiality commitments (from 12 economies to 15) Sharing good manufacturing pr...
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    Canadian Regulator and Regulatory Experts to Speak at 2019 Convergence

    RAPS’ 2019 Regulatory Convergence in Philadelphia will include a session hosted by the Canadian Association of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (CAPRA). RAPS and CAPRA enjoy a collegial relationship and have collaborated on a number of initiatives in recent years. RAPS is even offering CAPRA members the opportunity to attend this year’s Convergence at the RAPS member rate. This is the second consecutive year CAPRA has hosted a session within RAPS’ signature annua...