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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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    RAPS publishes updated, ninth edition of essential European regulatory affairs reference

    RAPS has just published the updated, ninth edition of Fundamentals of EU Regulatory Affairs . The book remains the most extensive reference available on regulatory affairs for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biologics for the European market. As the regulation of healthcare products in the EU continues to undergo significant transformation, RAPS’ Fundamentals of EU Regulatory Affairs, Ninth Edition , has been updated to cover topics including the latest informa...
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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 unveils new 'Member Dashboard'

    RAPS has launched its brand new, online Member Dashboard , giving RAPS members one central place to view, access and manage their RAPS resources and member benefits. Once logged in, the dashboard displays your member profile and stored contact information, announcements, and key member resources, including webcasts, publications and other member-exclusive tools and content. As RAPS has continued to add to its menu of member benefits and other offerings, keeping track o...
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    Bill McMoil steps in as RAPS’ interim executive director as Paul Brooks departs

    RAPS Chief Operating Officer Bill McMoil has been named RAPS interim executive director, having officially taken on the role on 1 April 2020 after the retirement of Paul Brooks. RAPS announced Brooks’ planned early retirement due to family health concerns in December 2019 and had launched the search for a new executive director then. However, considering the unforeseen challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the executive committee of the RAPS board of directors has...
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    RAC Exams to be offered online this summer

    RAPS’ Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) program will offer candidates the opportunity to take the RAC exam online during the upcoming summer testing window, 13 July to 21 August 2020. The move comes after some testing centers experienced limited opening availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many test sites are open and candidates can schedule exams at any of the more than 1,000 available sites as they normally would, this additional option allows greater f...
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    FDA and China’s NMPA expedite COVID-19 emergency approvals

    In just a short time, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live and work, strained healthcare systems, and caused companies and governments to prioritize fighting the coronavirus above virtually all else. Regulators like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) have moved to fast-track the review of products that might be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. Regulators Speed Up Review Times ...
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    RAPS seeks 2020 Fellows applications

    If you have done tremendous work within the regulatory profession, RAPS invites you to apply for the 2020 Class of RAPS Fellows . Applications will be accepted through 22 May 2020 . Selection criteria to become a RAPS Fellow include contributions to the regulatory profession, management and leadership experience, regulatory knowledge, stellar regulatory professional employment history, and pursuit of continuing education and professional development. Since 2008, th...
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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...
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    RAPS Seeks Four Senior Regulatory Pros to Join Board

    RAPS is seeking four new directors to join its board for the 2021–23 term. The deadline to submit nominations is 27 March. Qualified candidates will be experienced senior regulatory leaders with a strong desire to advance and support the profession and must be RAPS members in good standing. Anyone interested can learn more about the nomination process , review the position descriptions and duties and download the nomination form from RAPS’ website. “Serving on RAP...
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    With EU Medical Device Regulation Deadline Looming, Regulatory Pros to Gather in Brussels for RAPS Euro Convergence

    RAPS will host its annual European conference, newly dubbed Euro Convergence 2020 , in Brussels, 11–13 May, at the Radisson Blu. The event will draw a broad range of professionals and regulators concerned with the regulation of medical devices, medicines and other healthcare products, and take place just two weeks before the planned implementation of the EU’s extensive overhaul of its rules governing devices, the Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR).   While much attent...