RAPS Honors Five Outstanding Professionals for Contributions to Healthcare Product Regulatory Field

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The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) presented five prestigious awards for outstanding contributions to the healthcare product regulatory profession.

2012 RAPS award winners

2012 RAPS award winners: Mike Ward, Leslie Sands, Virginia Perry and Clare Matti

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) yesterday honored the recipients of its prestigious awards for outstanding contributions to the healthcare product regulatory profession. The five honorees were recognized during the opening session of 2012 RAPS: The Regulatory Convergence, which continues through tomorrow, 30 October, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The Richard E. Greco Award is the highest honor bestowed by RAPS. It recognizes an outstanding leader who has made significant contributions to the regulatory profession and to RAPS, and who exemplifies personal involvement and commitment within RAPS or his or her own community. This year, it was awarded to Virginia Perry, RAC, CQE, FRAPS, president, Perry-D’Amico & Associates. Perry is founder of and partner in Perry-D’Amico & Associates, a regulatory and quality management consulting firm specializing in medical devices. She is the founder and director of the RAPS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, one of RAPS’ oldest and most active local groups, and has served on the RAPS board of directors and as an important advisor to the board. She also has served on RAPS’ National Chapter Advisory Board, Regulatory Affairs Certification Board and on numerous educational program committees.

The Global Leadership Award recognizes professionals who exemplify leadership and contribute to the development of the regulatory profession globally and increasing awareness of RAPS worldwide. This year’s recipient is Mike Ward, manager, International Program Bureau of Policy, Science and International Programs Division, Health Canada. Ward has been an active leader and advisor to global health organizations and to RAPS. He serves on the RAPS Global Advisory Council, and has played a critical role in the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and to individual nations in Asia, Latin America and Africa. He serves in leadership roles with the International Medical Device Regulators Forum, on the medical device side, and with the International Conference on Harmonisation on the pharmaceutical side. He also chairs regulatory groups within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. He is a strong advocate of the development of good regulatory practices around the world and of competent professionals who can implement such practices.

The Leonard Stauffer Award honors exceptional contributions to mentoring and furthering regulatory professional development. Clare Matti, MA, RAC, assistant director, regulatory services, Duke Clinical Research Institute, received this honor. Matti has been a leader in the design and implementation of education programs to enhance the knowledge and abilities of professionals working in regulatory environments in the EU and Canada. She holds the US and EU Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) credential, and for six years has led a series of 12-week courses on US, EU and Canadian regulations. She also serves as an advisor on regulations to several startup companies in North Carolina, where she continues to be a teacher, mentor and guide on good regulatory practice.

RAPS’ Outstanding Volunteer Award was developed by RAPS chapters to recognize the vital efforts of members at the local level. Leslie Sands, RAC, director, regulatory affairs, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, received this honor for her dedication and enthusiasm in supporting the RAPS DC/Baltimore Chapter. Sands leads RAC study groups, and is an expert and frequent speaker on the topic of generic medicines. Her dedication to the chapter’s success is evident in her continuous efforts coordinating study groups, writing announcements, recruiting volunteers and speakers, and reaching out to first time attendees of chapter events.

The Special Recognition Award recognizes the unique contributions and achievements of individuals and organizations that advance the quality of health and regulatory. David Vulcano, LCSW, MBA, CIP, RAC, received the award for his exceptional work in innovating regulatory processes. Vulcano is a leader in the clinical research area and has been instrumental in building strong connections and seamless integration between clinical research and regulatory professionals in North America and in Europe.

More information about 2012 RAPS and a complete listing of all conference sessions and events are available at http://www.RAPS.org/2012. The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #2012RAPS.

Members of the working media who wish to cover all or part of 2012 RAPS should contact Zachary Brousseau, senior manager, communications for RAPS. On-site registration also will be available for media with valid press credentials or a letter from an assigning editor on company letterhead.

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. RAPS.org

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