RQA Annual Conference 2018 - Manchester
31 October to 2 November 2018Manchester Central
RQA’s 2018 Annual Conference - ‘Data and Quality: Is the tail wagging the dog?’ - will be held at the award-winning Manchester Central from 31 October to 2 November.
This year’s conference will include presentations, case studies, clinics, debates and, for the first time, all-new ‘fringe’ sessions, where more informal discussions will be held in a roundtable environment.
Spread over two and a half days, over 50 unique and information packed sessions are planned.
The programme includes representation by the MHRA, as well as a range of presentations on hot topics such as Data Integrity and GDPR.
Delegates will have ample opportunity to network with fellow attendees and over 30 exhibitors, with the Gala Dinner headlining the social side of the conference on Thursday evening.
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The RQA event is an important one. Being part of an authority, I really think it's an added value to have the possibility to discuss with the professionals that are every day involved in ensuring the quality across the various GxPs.
The length of the presentations was just perfect, as well as the blocks of three presentations and a break. I was not able to identify a single weak presentation or speaker.
Great conference, lively interactions and enriching experience.
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3 Days - Full Delegate
Early Bird* £683.33
Full price £820.00
Early Bird* £772.50
Full price £966.66
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*The Early Bird discount applies to orders placed before 31 August 2018 for full delegates only.
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In conjunction with the 2018 Conference we will be running five professional development events. All events will be held over Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October at the Midland Hotel (a couple of minutes from the conference venue).
Courses are available whether you are attending the conference or not. Places are limited and therefore early booking is advised.
Receive 10% off the price of a course/seminar when booking a full delegate conference package.
Click on the links for further details, including a full programme and price.
Monday 29 October and Tuesday 30 October (2 days)
Research Quality Assurance for Good Laboratory Practice (C9041)
This course offers the ideal external training opportunity for those starting out as Quality Assurance auditors or working under Good Laboratory Practice regulation for the first time.
Practical Approach to Auditing Systems and Processes (C9342)
This well established course will explore key phases of process and system auditing. It will provide guidance on auditing systems and processes at both the global and local organisational level.
Tuesday 30 October (1 day)
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the guidance and legislation currently in existence covering the use of eSource
SOP Writing (C9391)
This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) course has been specifically designed to help you develop the skills to write and produce the content of SOPs, review and implement SOPs and ensure you comply in a regulated environment.
CAPA Management Seminar (S9702)
Many companies struggle in defining the right approach – we know that 'one size does NOT fit all' - and this is your opportunity to access approaches to CAPA management and to discuss ideas.
Call for Posters
We are currently accepting poster abstracts for consideration.
The Programme Committee will consider posters which address:
- Scientific and technical topics with a focus on Quality
- The activities of national and international quality associations
Posters will be selected on innovation, topicality to the conference programme and delegates
Poster authors will have the opportunity to present their posters to delegates at the conference at a dedicated time and will receive free conference attendance on the day of their presentation.
A free place at the 2019 European Conference will be offered to the winning poster as judged by the Programme Committee.
Please forward your poster abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 24 August 2018 at the very latest.
Terms and conditions
All poster abstracts and final posters must comply with the following guidelines:
- All posters must be in English.
- Ensure all contact details are correct.
- The content of the poster must not be promotional or contain advertising although commercial logos are acceptable.
- Poster display does not constitute registration to the conference if you do not wish to present your poster to delegates. All authors attending who are not presenting their poster must register separately.
- Changes to accepted posters will be considered on an individual basis. All changes must be notified to the Programme Committee.
- The free place at the 2019 European Conference is transferable.
This Year's Venue
Manchester Central is an iconic venue in the heart of Manchester. Situated right in the centre of the UK and easy to reach via Manchester’s extensive multi-modal transport network.
All accommodation requirements in Manchester should be made direct with your choice of hotel and not through RQA. There are numerous hotels within walking distance of Manchester Central. The following link will take you to a number of hotels where special rates have been negotiated. This is a service not run by RQA.
Manchester Airport is a major international hub just nine miles (14.5km) from the city centre. It serves more than 200 destinations worldwide including direct routes to nine US cities. From the airport, the city is approximately 25 minutes away by taxi or just 20 minutes via the half-hourly express rail service (tickets £3.00-£4.00).
Information on Manchester Airport can be found here.
Flights into Manchester per day from:
London - 18
Amsterdam - 8
Paris - 7
Barcelona - 1
Frankfurt - 6
Stockholm - 2
Brussels - 6
Copenhagen - 3
Zurich - 4
It takes a little over two hours to reach Manchester from London and Manchester also has direct connections to most major UK cities. Services arrive at Piccadilly or Victoria stations where passengers can connect with Metrolink trams for easy access to the city centre. Manchester Central is a 20 minute walk from Piccadilly Station or just five minutes by taxi. Alternatively, catch a connecting train to Oxford Road Station - just five minutes from Manchester Central on foot.
For groups of three to nine people, Virgin Trains offer a 20% discount off advanced ticket purchases.
To find out more visit Virgin Trains Group Travel