Among the many professional societies and industry organizations related to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, a few are of particular interest to regulatory compliance professionals.
AAPS serves as an information resource for integrating those sciences related to discovery, design, analysis, development, production, quality control, safety, clinical evaluation, regulation, distribution, and the use of drugs and drug delivery systems.
The American Biological Safety Association promotes biosafety as a scientific discipline, and its online journal and quarterly newsletter include information on regulatory initiatives, hazard recognition, and risk communication.
The Association of Medical Diagnostics Manufacturers (AMDM) serves as a resource for education and information on compliance issues among diagnostics manufacturers and as an interface between them and FDA.
The American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers certification programs for quality assurance and control professionals. The site offers standards, a news archive, a glossary, and links to many quality assurance programs and products.
Biotechnology Industry Organization BIO is a trade organization representing the biotechnology industry. The site contains current legislative and appropriations information, industry agendas, and commentary on proposed regulatory activities.
The BioIndustry Association (BIA) encourages and promotes the biotechnology sector in the United Kingdom. The site has quick links, news, publications, and patent lists.
The World Wide Web Virtual Library, Biotechnology Directory contains more than 1,000 URLs to companies, research institutes, universities, sources of information, and other directories specific to biotechnology and pharmaceutical development.
The Drug Information Association (DIA) provides a neutral global forum for the exchange and dissemination of information on the discovery, development, evaluation, and use of medicines and related health care technologies. The site has a translation dictionary for many technical terms and allows a keyword search of Drug Information Journal articles.
The European Compliance Academy (ECA) Based in Germany, ECA was founded 1 January 1999 to build a common platform for discussions on CGMP compliance topics between the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory authorities in the United States and the European Union. The CGMP discussion forums are heavily used, and the site offers links to journals, guidelines, and education courses and conferences for GMP professionals.
The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), an international association for pharmaceutical science and technology, offers conferences, training courses, meetings, and a monthly journal for regulatory compliance professionals.
The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) offers training programs and certifies regulatory affairs professionals. Its web site includes job postings, an online yellow pages, and information on certification, as well as electronic information tools to keep you abreast of changing regulations in the global health care industry.