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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 2018, these volunteers help with everything from new booklets to conference organisation.

The Association is forty years old.

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
  • Partnership and co-operation

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

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MHRA have joined government hub

From 18 June 2018 the Agency moved out of its Victoria location to a new, modern office in Canary Wharf. The relocation follows the establishment in 2016, announced by the Cabinet Office, of a new Government Hub for more than 5,000 civil and public servants in East London.

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EMA Guidance

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have updated their guidance to help pharmaceutical companies prepare for the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

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EMA Consultation Document Released 23rd May 2018

Draft guideline on the responsibilities of the sponsor with regard to handling and shipping of investigational medicinal products for human use in accordance with good clinical practice and good manufacturing practice.

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