Research Quality Association (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.
Driving quality and integrity in scientific research.
- To develop and promote quality standards in scientific research.
- To facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer through:
- Partnership and co-operation
- To liaise with Regulatory agencies in the development and interpretation of regulations and guidance.
RQA membership comprises:
- Quality and research professionals including directors, managers, scientists, auditors and other practitioners worldwide.
- Practitioners concerned with the quality and compliance of research with a particular focus upon the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biologicals, devices, agrochemicals, foods and chemicals in man, animals and the environment.
- Members come from regulated or non-regulated, commercial or non-commercial environments.
- Animal Health
- Education and Training
- Global Engagement
- Good Clinical Practice
- Good Laboratory Practice
- Good Manufacturing Practice
- Good Pharmacovigilance Practice
- Medical Devices
- Regional forums
Committees are the focal points for:
- Member involvement;
- Organising and contributing to conferences;
- Development of courses, seminars and publications;
- Working with Government, Regulators and other professional bodies.
The RQA provides valuable learning opportunities to enhance the professional development of all individuals involved in the quality of research. Courses, Seminars, Forums, Regional Forums and eLearning have been specifically developed across a range of disciplines to suit everyone; all levels, abilities and disciplines are catered-for in the extensive range of RQA learning.
A common requirement of Good Clinical Practice, Good Laboratory Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Pharmacovigilance Practice is that individuals are to be qualified through training and experience. RQA provides a broad range of learning which supports individuals in acquiring the appropriate knowledge, and developing the necessary skills, to stay up to date in the ever-changing world of pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical research.
The RQA’s prospectus of Professional Development Courses (PDC) offers the finest standard of training and knowledge sharing, it has been developed in response to the requirements of industry. The PDC Programme is designed to meet the needs of individuals involved in quality of research, in particular, the scientific research that impacts on human health, animal health and environmental safety. Course tutors are drawn from industry and government; they have wide experience of current international standards and best practice, and the practical application of these within the workplace.
The RQA also offers a wide range of in-house training courses aimed at the specific needs of the client. These courses are developed in response to an organisation’s needs and to meet the requirements of quality professionals in scientific research. RQA in-house courses have a reputation for excellent content, organisation and expert delivery.
Seminars and Forums
Through its hardworking Committees the RQA coordinates a number of one-day events to introduce the latest “hot topics” across an unlimited range of issues, for example, from the validation of computer system to fraud and misconduct. Seminars and forums are generally very popular and extremely well attended.
RQA members organise one-day meetings to promote the exchange of ideas and information. These highly effective meetings are held in defined regions around the world. Regional Forums generally include the latest updates from industry, and provide excellent networking opportunities.
The RQA offers a range of interactive, online, web-based eLearning courses which provide an awareness of legislation, current good practice and the management of quality in research. The RQA eLearning courses complement the Professional Development courses and, in many cases, are designed to provide the first introduction to a particular topic or the ideal opportunity for refresher training. Each course is broken down into a number of bite-size learning modules of around 30 minutes, and includes a self-assessment to confirm the knowledge gained
The RQA offers a range of on-demand webcasts covering a broad spectrum of topics, such as audits and CAPAs, Quality Systems, GCP audit strategy, Clinical Trials Directive CT3, ISO 9001:2015, etc. Many of the on-demand webcasts are available free-of-charge.
Developed in collaboration with Cranfield University, and delivered by leading academics and industry experts, this unique MSc course is designed for managers, scientists, auditors and other practitioners who are aspiring to more senior roles or independent consultancy in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemistry industry sectors. The part-time MSc course is designed to fit around existing workloads and commitments. For increased flexibility, and for professionals with a specific interest, some of the modules can be studied as stand-alone short courses. The course can also be studied at Certificate and Diploma level.
Company Contact Details
Research Quality Association (RQA)
3 Wherry Lane
Tel: +44 (0)1473 221411