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New RAPS Netherlands Chapter Announced

Posted 18 December 2014 | By Zachary Brousseau 

New RAPS Netherlands Chapter Announced

A group of regulatory professionals in the Netherlands has formed a new official RAPS chapter there. The RAPS Netherlands Chapter is the newest in RAPS’ global chapter network and the second in Europe along with the RAPS Switzerland Chapter. The deal became official after representatives signed an agreement with RAPS leaders at 2014 RAPS: The Regulatory Convergence in Austin, TX, in October. RAPS now has 18 chapters in six countries, as well as affiliated networking groups in eight more countries.

The Dutch group has been around for a while and affiliated with RAPS since 2011 as a networking group. By becoming an official RAPS chapter, the organization will be able to offer additional resources and opportunities to the regulatory community in the Netherlands.

"This means that Dutch-speaking RA professionals can meet in their own language, exchange views, increase their understanding of and network with each other around the EU and national medical device and IVD regulations in a broad sense," said Sabina L. Hoekstra-van den Bosch, MSc, PharmD, a senior manager of global government affairs, regulations and standards with Philips Healthcare in the Netherlands, and one of the chapter’s founding leaders.

The Netherlands chapter currently has three meetings planned for the coming year. A March event will examine vigilance and market surveillance. In June, the chapter event will focus on combination and borderline products. The autumn meeting to be held in October or November will cover changes in enforcement.

Chapter members also will keep close tabs on the EU legislative process, and the new EU medical device and in vitro diagnostics regulations and their implications. Chapter meetings will feature valuable opportunities for networking, and chapter leaders plan to address other professional development topics for the Dutch regulatory community.

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