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Key facts

The number of new RQA members who join the Association each year. We currently have just over 2200 members.

The number of Committee Members in 2017, these volunteers help with everything from new booklets to conference organisation.

The Association is forty years old in 2017.

Who are RQA

The research quality association (RQA) is a professional membership body dedicated to informing and advancing its members. We provide status and visibility for individuals engaged in the quality of research concerning pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, chemicals and medical devices. Since our inception in 1977, the Association has increased and evolved to reflect regulatory changes, the growing impact of regulatory inspection and the ever-changing structure and needs of industry.
RQA's purpose is to drive quality and integrity in scientific research.

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Our Mission

1. To develop and promote quality standards in scientific research.

2. To facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer through:

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  • Partnership and co-operation

3. To liaise with regulatory agencies in the development and interpretation of regulations and guidance.

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CSQA and RQA Collaboration Agreement

The Asia QA Forum is a confederation of QA societies in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Singapore. The Forum arranges a conference every two years - RQA was invited to the 2017 Asia QA Forum 3rd International Conference in Beijing, China. On day one of the Forum Conference, on 7th September 2017, the Chinese Society of Quality Assurance (CSQA) and the Research Quality Association (RQA) signed a Collaboration Agreement that recognises the importance of mutual contribution to both parties, the industry and society. At a luncheon organised by the Asia QA Forum Council, the Research Quality Association was invited to speak in support of its application to become an Associate Member of the Asia QA Forum. Following a brief presentation, by Anthony Wilkinson, introducing the RQA and outlining what the Association could contribute to the Asia QA Forum, the Council unanimously agreed to approve RQA’s application. Accordingly, the Research Quality Association has been formally accepted as an Associate Member of the Asia QA Forum.

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New recruitment Opportunity - The University of Liverpool

A new recruitment opportunity added to the website - Quality Assurance Manager at the Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (LECMC)

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Guideline on strategies to identify and mitigate risks for first-in-human and early clinical trials with investigational medicinal products

This is the first revision of the ‘Guideline on strategies to identify and mitigate risks for first-in-human clinical trials with investigational medicinal products’. It extends the existing EU guidance to address first-in-human (FIH) and early phase clinical trials (CTs) with integrated protocols. The revision is intended to further assist stakeholders in the transition from non-clinical to early clinical development and in identifying factors influencing risk for new investigational medicinal products (IMPs).

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Manager of GCD – Europe Quality Assurance

Location: Vienna (preferred) or Berlin

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