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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:

  • Discussion
  • Training
  • Seminars
  • Forums 
  • Conferences
  • Publications
  • Podcasts
  • Partnership and co-operation

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

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Brexit: EU supports pharmaceutical Companies

Medicinal products imported into the EU must undergo batch testing within the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA)*. Once the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the EU (Brexit), pharmaceutical manufacturers who have previously carried out batch testing in the UK must relocate their batch testing operations to the EU/EEA in order to import their products.

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Brexit: Handling PV Data from the UK

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated the agency's Brexit-related guidance documents. This guidance is supporting pharmaceutical companies to prepare for the United Kingdom's (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Now the 'Questions and Answers' document has been updated (Rev 04, published on 1st February 2019). The new Q&As address the situation when the United Kingdom becomes a third country on 30th March 2019 without a withdrawal agreement (and hence without a transition period).

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Brexit-related guidance for companies

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission are providing guidance to help pharmaceutical companies responsible for both human and veterinary medicines prepare for the United Kingdom's (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU), a process known as 'Brexit'.

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