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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:

  • 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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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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PV Committee Vacancy

The RQA Good Pharmacovigilance Practice Committee is recruiting a new committee member. We are open to applications from all parties, but may be particularly interested in those currently employed in a biotech organisation, or those with expertise with safety databases, perhaps working in the PV-IT world. Please contact Louise Handy, the Committee Chair, on louise@handyconsulting.co.uk or pharmacovigilance@therqa.com, providing details of your experience and what you would bring to the committee as an active member.

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Quality Assurance Manager

Location: Liverpool

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