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    Focus on: Bob Yocher

    Bob Yocher has more than 38 years of experience in the medical products business and has long been an active RAPS member volunteer. He has served on the board of directors, as chairman of the RAPS Boston Chapter and as chairman of the RAPS Fellows Selection Committee. Although he is now retired, he continues to be involved. He is currently on the RAPS Affiliate board of directors and will serve in a newly created role as part of RAPS’ Executive Development Program this ...
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    Focus on: Todd Chermak

    Todd Chermak is divisional vice president of innovation and development for Abbott Established Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he relocated with his family from the Chicago area in 2015. He has worked for more than 20 years in the biopharmaceutical, and food and nutrition sectors, and has held a variety of technical and leadership roles in regulatory and related areas. Chermak has been an active and prominent RAPS volunteer . He has served on the RAPS board...
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    GSK's Sue James Praises RAPS' Regulatory Competency Framework

    In 2016, RAPS released its Regulatory Competency Framework , a tool to help professionals and organizations develop regulatory training, and plan career and professional development. A few organizations began using the Framework immediately. We spoke to former RAPS Chair Sue James, who is vice president of global regulatory affairs at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare about the Framework and how it has been used at GSK. Regulatory Focus : What do you see as th...
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    Are You a Rising Regulatory Leader? Learn Business Skills at RAPS Executive Development Program

    As William C. Putnam, PhD, RAC, argues in a  Regulatory Focus  thought piece  on the need for business skills within the regulatory profession, "regulatory professionals need to have a comprehensive understanding of business, such as the business acumen provided by extensive on-the-job training, professional development programs or formal business training."  Regulatory Strategy Critical for Business Success The reasons for this are pretty clear. Regulatory issues can ...
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    248 Earned Regulatory Affairs Certification in Autumn 2017

    RAPS is pleased to announce that 248 regulatory professionals passed the Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) exam during the autumn 2017 testing period, thereby earning the RAC credential. The RAC is the only professional credential for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector.  Certification must be maintained through continuous learning and professional development, and renewed every three years. Currently, there are more than 4,500 RAC-credenti...
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    RAPS Seeks Board Nominations for 2019-2021 Term

    Are you ready to distinguish yourself as a regulatory leader and play an active role in advancing and supporting the profession? If so, you may be an excellent candidate to become a member of the RAPS board of directors . RAPS is now accepting nominations for openings for the 2019–2021 board term. RAPS is seeking to fill openings for president-elect and three director positions. Nominees must be active RAPS members in good standing. Interested candidates should review t...
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    When Pfizer Needed Customized Training, The Enterprise Member Company Turned to RAPS

    When about 60 Pfizer employees convened last November at the company’s New York headquarters for a customized on-site, two-day training session, one of the key goals was establishing a common language. Attendees represented several groups with different, but related, roles within the company. Some were part of a pilot program of “core strategists,” a new role combining expertise in regulatory and chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC). Another group was made up...
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    RAPS Switzerland Chapter Becomes Official Nonprofit Association Under Swiss Law

    RAPS announced today that its RAPS Switzerland Chapter has completed the official registration process as a not-for-profit association under Swiss law. The announcement was made during RAPS’ 2017 Regulatory Convergence conference taking place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor on the Washington, DC, waterfront 9–12 September. While the group has been an official RAPS chapter since 2011, this new status gives it additional l...
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    National Harbor Dine-Around Restaurants Offer Great Food, Convenient Locations

    For attendees of the RAPS 2017 Regulatory Convergence , the National Harbor offers not only a great venue to meet and learn, but also convenient evening dining options. If you have attended Convergence in the past you probably know that the “dine-arounds,” where you sign up for a group meal with fellow attendees, is one of the conference’s most popular social opportunities. This year’s dine-around restaurants are all located right at the National Harbor, just ste...
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    Diermeier to Give Convergence Opening Remarks Gottlieb Keynote Moved to Monday

    University of Chicago Provost Daniel Diermeier will be the featured speaker at the opening plenary session of the 2017 RAPS Regulatory Convergence conference on 10 September. A keynote presentation from US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, originally scheduled to be part of the opening session will now take place a during lunchtime session on Monday, 11 September. The RAPS Convergence takes place at the Gaylord National Resort ...
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    UPDATE: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to Deliver Keynote at RAPS Regulatory Convergence

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, will address the global regulatory community on 11 September, delivering keynote remarks at the 2017 Regulatory Convergence conference at National Harbor on the DC Waterfront. The commissioner's keynote presentation was originally scheduled to take place during the opening plenary session, but is now scheduled as a lunchtime session on Monday, 11 September. The Convergence will take place 9–12 Septem...
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    Six Highly Accomplished Regulatory Pros to Join the Ranks of RAPS Fellows

    RAPS has revealed the names of the six outstanding senior regulatory professionals who will join the elite group of RAPS Fellows this year. They will be recognized during the opening plenary session of the RAPS Regulatory Convergence conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor on the Washington, DC, waterfront 9–12 September. “To be selected as a RAPS Fellow is an honor reserved for senior regulatory professionals who ha...