Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society And AHWP To Hold Joint Medical Device Regulatory Conference In Malaysia

Published: Nov 22, 2013

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Rockville, MD, USA—The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) and the Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) will hold the first AHWP & RAPS Joint Regulatory Conference 2–3 December in Selengor, Malaysia, near Kuala Lumpur. The event will bring together stakeholders involved the regulation of medical devices and medical technology from Asia and around the world.

Presenters include top executives and officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority, the European Commission, AdvaMed, Health Canada, Switzerland’s Directorate of Public Health, GE Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories and Confirmed attendees represent many additional companies and agencies, including Taiwan’s Center for Drug Evaluation, Pakistan’s Drug Regulatory Authority, the Jordan Food and Drug Administration and the Chilean Regulatory Authority.

The conference will focus on three key areas: increasing understanding of the global regulatory landscape and how harmonized regulatory systems can be built, examining regulatory convergence and developing understanding of new regulatory tools such as Unique Device Identifiers and Single Audit Programs. Conference sessions will cover various topics related to innovation, regulatory capacity and frameworks, and global harmonization.

“This conference provides a unique opportunity for senior regulatory professionals to exchange ideas and learn from global industry experts and regulatory representatives from around the world in educational sessions and informal networking forums,” said RAPS Executive Director Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE.

“AHWP is very pleased to launch its first international conference on medical devices in collaboration with the prestigious organization, RAPS,” said Saleh Al Tayyar, PhD, AHWP chair and director general, medical devices sector, Saudi Food and Drug Authority. “This conference marks a new beginning of real partnership between AHWP and other organizations working in the area of medical device regulations. I am very optimistic this conference will bridge East and West, and will definitely highlight important issues of interest to participants from both regions.”

For more information and the full agenda visit Members of the working media who wish to cover the conference should contact Zachary Brousseau, senior manager, communications for RAPS at

About RAPS

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) is the largest global organization of and for those involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biologics and nutritional products. Founded in 1976, RAPS helped establish the regulatory profession and continues to actively support the professional and lead the profession as a neutral, non-lobbying nonprofit organization. RAPS offers education and training, professional standards, publications, research, knowledge sharing, networking, career development opportunities and other valuable resources, including Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC), the only post-academic professional credential to recognize regulatory excellence. RAPS is headquartered in suburban Washington, DC, with offices in Europe and Asia, and chapters and affiliates worldwide.

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