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    Value of an RA qualification in continuous professional development and career progression

    Continuous professional development (CPD) is important for employee personal development and is of strategic value for organizations. Having qualified and knowledgeable personnel can help deploy strategy and yield competitive advantage in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study on the progression and experiences of industry-based graduates who completed a masters in regulatory affairs. The results demonstrate that regulato...
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    How to prepare for the RAC exam

    Earning your Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) is a significant investment in your regulatory career. The RAC is the leading credential for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector. It shows employers, clients, colleagues and others not only that you have the requisite regulatory knowledge, but also that you are committed to your profession. To get the credential, you must pass one of two challenging RAC exams. The average pass rate is between 40% ...
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    US-focused regulatory toolbox: The basics

    This article examines regulatory tools found mostly on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website for use by regulatory affairs professionals interested in drug products and medical devices marketed in the United States.   FDA guidance documents 1 Guidance documents represent the agency’s current thinking or interpretation of a particular policy or topic. They are an especially useful tool for RA professionals dealing with issues such as drug development ...
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    13 Keys to a Successful FDA Advisory Committee Meeting

    When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has significant questions or concerns about clinical data submitted in support of a product under review, it often seeks input from independent academicians and clinicians outside the agency. For this reason, FDA has established Advisory Committees comprised of such experts in various therapeutic areas. Currently, there are 49 such standing committees. If your company is a sponsor of a product subject to Advisory Committee rev...
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    RAPS Publishes Updated Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs Book

    RAPS has just published the updated, 11th edition of Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs , the most extensive regulatory affairs textbook available, covering US regulations for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and related healthcare products. First published 20 years ago, the book has become an important reference for regulatory professionals and others working with healthcare products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other US agen...
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    235 Earn Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC)

    A total of 235 individuals earned Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) during the most recent RAC exam period, RAPS announced today. The challenging RAC exams test essential knowledge of healthcare product regulations, critical thinking and analytical skills. To pass, exam takers must be able to demonstrate not only that they know the relevant regulations, but also how they apply in a variety of realistic scenarios. By passing, each of the 235 professionals now hold ...
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    RAPS Introduces Pharmaceutical- and Medical Device-Focused Regulatory Affairs Certifications (RACs)

    RAPS today announced two new Regulatory Affairs Certifications (RACs) will become available beginning with the next RAC exam period in spring 2019. Exam applications are now being accepted. The two new exams and associated credentials are called the RAC (Drugs) and RAC (Devices). They join the four previously established, regional exams: US, EU, Canada and Global. The RAC is the only post-academic professional credential for the healthcare product regulatory field....
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    RAPS Publishes 10th Edition of Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs, Plus Sector-Specific Books on Medical Devices, Biopharmaceuticals

    RAPS has published the updated, 10th edition of Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs , the most extensive reference available on regulatory affairs for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and other healthcare products intended for the US market. The book is an essential reference for anyone responsible for products that must comply with regulations from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other relevant US agencies. The first edition of US ...
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    192 Earned Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) in Spring 2017

    Today, RAPS congratulates the 192 regulatory professionals who earned Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) during the recent spring 2017 exam period. The RAC credential is earned by passing one of four exams , and is the only professional credential specifically for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector. RAC holders must maintain their certification through continuous learning and professional development, recertifying every three years. Currentl...
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    Industry Supports FDA Proposal to Create New Office of Patient Affairs

    Industry groups BIO and TransCelerate, as well as companies GlaxoSmithKline and Shire, have offered their support for the creation of a new office at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on patient affairs. The idea for the new Office of Patient Affairs (OPA), proposed in March , is part of the agency’s efforts to offer "a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community," as well as "triage and navigation services for inbound inquir...
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    FDA Launches New ORA Structure to Align Inspections With Expertise

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released details on the structure of its newly realigned Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). The move, part of FDA's program alignment , is aimed at more closely aligning the agency's inspection efforts with the various products it regulates. "Specializing by FDA-regulated product type more closely mirrors the organizational model of FDA's centers and the industries we regulate," FDA writes. Under the agency's previo...
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    UPDATE: RAPS Seeks Authors for EU Fundamentals Book Deadline Extended

    • 30 March 2017
    The eighth edition of Fundamentals of EU Regulatory Affairs will be published in December 2017. RAPS currently is seeking authors for chapters, which will be due no later than 1 August 2017. If you would like to contribute to this book, please review the list of currently available chapters below and send your CV and your preferred chapter(s) to Pam Jones, senior editor, at pjones@raps.org or submit a volunteer application online. Emails or applications must be...