RAPS 2022 Year in Review

2022 was a great year to finally reconnect with our global regulatory community! We were excited to host RAPS Euro Convergence and RAPS Convergence in-person, along with several of our US and European workshops. Global regulatory professionals continue to innovate and advance patient care and public health with vigor. We are thrilled to support this vibrant community, by providing forums for members to connect, learn and excel. Thanks to numerous members, volunteers, regulatory experts and leaders, RAPS global membership continues to grow, and we are delivering more educational content than ever before. There are many successes to celebrate, as evidenced by the following highlights and significant numbers from 2022. Thank you for another outstanding year!

RAPS Membership

With more than 30,000 members globally, the RAPS community continues to thrive. European membership grew by 20 percent (on top of 2021’s unprecedented 42 percent jump) and even more volunteers contributed their time and expertise to support the profession. Additionally, RAPS relaunched the local networking group in Ireland and introduced new communities in France, Israel, Spain, and Portugal─giving members even more opportunities to connect and share ideas.

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30,000+

members
worldwide

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112

countries

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151

enterprise
member
organizations

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4,500+

European
members

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2,500+

volunteers

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6,700+

volunteer
hours

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20 chapters and
13 local networking groups
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35

chapter events

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5,408

chapter event
participants

 

Connected Community

RAPS members stayed connected and collaborated via social media and RAPS Regulatory Exchange (RegEx) more than ever in 2022. Our social media following increased by 21 percent. In addition, RAPS made a major upgrade to RegEx so members can continue to host lively discussions and answer each other’s questions with ease.

170,000+

social media
followers

270,000+

social
engagements

1,900+

RegEx
discussions

6,700+

RegEx
messages

 
 

AFDO/RAPS Healthcare Products Collaborative

In February, RAPS launched a joint venture with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) to carry on Xavier Health’s legacy of working in the healthcare products space. The AFDO/RAPS Healthcare Products Collaborative supports sharing, collaboration, and learning across the global healthcare products community. It focuses on fostering open discussions of the most pressing issues facing the industry.

Combination Products Summit
AI Summit
PharmaLink
MedCon Conference
 
 

Euro Convergence

RAPS Euro Convergence 2022 took place in-person for the first time since 2019.  Attendees gathered in Amsterdam in May for three days of educational sessions, expert presentations and panel discussions curated exclusively by European regulatory leaders and that focused on the most pressing topics in medical device, IVD, and pharmaceutical regulation for the European market. RAPS Euro Convergence is the most comprehensive regulatory affairs conference in Europe, focusing on the latest developments in healthcare products in Europe and beyond. Next year’s will again be held 10-12 May in Amsterdam. More information and updates on RAPS Euro Convergence are available at www.raps.org/euroconvergence.

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520

participants

 
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120+

speakers

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50+

sessions

 
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101

exhibitors/solutions providers

 

RAPS Euro Convergence 2022 in Amsterdam

 

Convergence

RAPS Convergence 2022 took place in September in Phoenix for the first in-person session since 2019. Over four days of educational sessions, expert presentations and panel discussions exploring the most pressing topics in medical device, IVD and pharmaceutical regulation for global markets, attendees were finally able to mingle and network together. RAPS Convergence is the largest and most well-recognized annual gathering of regulatory professionals, scientists, and innovators in the world. 2023’s convening will be held 2-5 October in Montreal. More information and updates on RAPS Convergence 2023 are available at www.raps.org/convergence.

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1,700+

participants

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196+

speakers

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250+

sessions

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101+

exhibitors/solutions providers

 

RAPS Convergence 2022 in Phoenix

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Education and Training

RAPS continues to expand online workshops and virtual programs to help regulatory professionals bolster important knowledge and skills, achieve professional development goals, meet employer needs and advance public health.

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111

online workshops and virtual events

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50

webcasts

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4,500+

Online University enrollments

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990+

Online University classes completed

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279

Online University Certificates earned

 

RAC

Nearly 300 professionals were recognized for passing Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) exams, and the number of RAC-credentialed regulatory professionals around the world grew to more than 5,000.

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295

recognized for earning RAC

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5,000+

current RAC holders

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A farewell and New Year's resolution from outgoing RAPS Board chair Glenn Byrd

 
 

Awards and Fellows

RAPS was pleased to honor the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to healthcare and the regulatory profession in 2022.

Founder's Award

Don Boyer

Don Boyer

Erik Hansson

Erik Hansson

Sue James

Sue James

Rainer Voelksen

Rainer Voelksen

Community Leadership Award

Anja Wiersma

Anja Wiersma

Marie V. Vrabie

Marie V. Vrabie

Rising Star Award

Tom Patten

Tom Patten

Aditi Khurana

Aditi Khurana

Patient-Centered Health Award

Jeff Allen

Dr. Jeff Allen

Friends of Cancer Research

Friends of Cancer Research

Article of the Year

Emma Louise Yang

The Linguistic Review Process in the Centralized Procedure in the EU, Emma Louise Yang

Book of the Year (Lead Authors)

Fellows

Kimberly Belsky

Kimberly Belsky

Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks

Soo

Monique J. Carter

Steffen

Niedre M. Heckman

Aman Khera

Aman Khera

Melissa OConnor

Melissa O’Connor

Grace Powers

Grace Powers

Raymond Seda

Raymond Seda

Amie Smirthwaite

Amie Smirthwaite

Steffen

Sylvie Lalibertê Verdon

 

RAPS’ Regulatory Focus tracks important regulatory news and offers features written by regulatory experts.  In its second year, the member-exclusive RF Quarterly explored software as a medical device, regulatory history, regulatory strategy and artificial intelligence.

RF

394,000+

monthly page views


1,000

articles published

 
 

New Publications

 
Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice

Job changes, pay raises and new work environments are among the top findings from the RAPS 2022 Global Compensation and Scope of Practice Report, the largest and most comprehensive research initiative on the global regulatory profession.

Workforce Report

Workforce Report

RAPS partnered with Elemed to produce the Global Regulatory Affairs Professionals Workforce report. Among the findings: there are nearly 100,000 regulatory professionals worldwide.