Pharmaceutical and Biotech Organizations

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Pharmaceutical and Biotech Organizations

Some reputable talent development and learning organizations in pharmaceutical/biotech industry that are not supported by either universities or corporate include Drug Information Association (DIA), Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association (PIPA), European Centre for Clinical Research Training (ECCRT), Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA), Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

Drug Information Association (DIA)

  • DIA is a global association that offers a platform for industry experts and life science professionals to discuss and develop healthcare possibilities for tomorrow.
  • Headquartered in Washington DC, the association offers online and face-to-face learning programs in the fields of clinical research, drug development, medical affairs, pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs, among others.
  • DIA's exchange forums attract more than 10,000 attendees, 6,000 collaborators, and 3,500 learners from over 80 countries each year.

Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association (PIPA)

European Centre for Clinical Research Training (ECCRT)

Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs (ACMA)

  • The ACMA is headquartered in New Jersey, USA but has regional offices in Brazil, India, and the UAE.
  • The organization offers training and certification programs in the field of medical affairs for the life sciences and healthcare industry, worldwide.
  • The association is accredited by the "International Association for Continuing Education & Training" (IACET/ANSI); it is a member of the "Institute for Credentialing Excellence;" a joint provider of CME and CE for the US-licensed physicians and pharmacists.

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)

  • RAPS is the largest global organization for professionals associated with the regulation of biologics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and nutritional products.
  • Established in 1976 in Washington DC, USA. The organization offers education, workshops, training, and regulatory affairs certification.
  • RAPS is the only professional credential that recognizes post-academic regulatory excellence.

American Society for Quality (ASQ)

National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)


Research began by identifying companies that offer talent development or learning services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies across the world. We were able to find associations that provide training and certification in clinical research, pharmacovigilance, medical affairs, quality management, drug development, and manufacturing processes, yet are not financially supported by corporations nor universities.

Official sites, financial reports, governance structure, and press releases of each organization were researched to understand if any sponsorship or association was mentioned. We found that none of the organizations are financially supported by a corporation or university.


  • "DIA's members come together to collaborate and problem-solve, discussing global and local challenges facing the life sciences field in an increasingly more complex and interconnected world."
  • "DIA's goal, and our members' hope, is for this collaboration to result in better policies, regulations, science, research and development, and ultimately better patient outcomes worldwide."
  • "Providing invaluable forums to exchange vital information and discuss current issues related to healthcare products, technologies, and services"
  • "To keep you at the forefront, DIA offers face-to-face, and online courses (including eLearning programs), certificate programs, and can provide learning for groups at your organization. We also offer live and on-demand solution provider webinars."
  • "DIA is a global association that mobilizes life science professionals from across all areas of expertise to engage with patients, peers and thought leaders in a neutral environment on the issues of today and the possibilities for tomorrow."
  • "PIPA is a membership association for professionals working within the fields of medical information, pharmacovigilance and related functions in the pharmaceutical industry."
  • "PIPA provides training, events, guidance, resources and networking opportunities to assist our members in their roles."
  • "During the early 1970's information officers within the UK pharmaceutical industry identified areas of common interest and became increasingly aware of the need to exchange ideas and experiences to further their professional development. As a result, the Association of Information Officers in the Pharmaceutical Industry (AIOPI) was formed in 1974."
  • "PIPA's membership now includes professionals who work in a variety of pharmaceutical information management roles, from entry level through to senior management."
  • "To provide a forum for the exchange of experience and the advancement of all aspects of medical, scientific and technical information handling relating to the pharmaceutical industry"
  • "A professional clinical research training provider focusing on the transfer of implementable knowledge for the day-to-day activities of our participants whether being new to the industry, starters on the job, or seasoned professionals. Founded in 2000, we have provided training and coaching to over 12,000 people since then. "
  • "Our mission is to facilitate Clinical Research professionals to excel in their job for the benefit of patients. We aim to achieve this by providing clinical research professionals with competencies to develop new therapies for patients quicker & more efficiently, without jeopardizing quality and safety. "
  • "Quality is of utmost importance to ECCRT. ECCRT is holder of the quality label Qfor and is adhering to a number of qualifying institutions or organisations (such as Transcelerate Biopharma). Course participants do get ECCRT certification."
  • "The courses we offer are tailored to every level of experience and are divided into modules ranging from an introduction course to clinical research and monitoring, to current regulatory requirements of clinical trials and specific medical research areas such as the development of vaccines or understanding the ECG trace in cardiology trials. "
  • "Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training, Regulatory training, Leadership training, Clinical Research related training, Management training, and Communication training"
  • "ACMA is a global organization focused on establishing benchmarks of excellence in training for the life sciences and healthcare industries. With offices in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Brazil, the ACMA offers excellent domestic support to the individuals and companies who we serve."
  • "The ACMA is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET/ANSI) and is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. Additionally, the ACMA is a joint provider, in collaboration with ScientiaCME, of CME/CE for U.S. licensed physicians and pharmacists."
  • "Life Sciences Industry: We aim to help pharmaceutical industry professionals by improving their skills as trained professionals. We do this by providing a broad skills and competency based training using the latest psychometric technology and a cutting edge online learning platform."
  • "Our training programs are used by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device diagnostic companies as a go-to resource and reference. They are also incorporated into universities and academic centers of excellence."
  • "The Mission of the ACMA is to establish a higher level of global, independent standards of excellence in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic, medical devices and healthcare industry."
  • "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 chapters and affiliates worldwide."
  • "ASQ and the Pharmaceutical Industry — Impacting Quality and Regulatory Compliance Since 1946, ASQ has been the best resource for professionals in the pharmaceutical industry who want to optimize their business processes, improve performance and minimize costs for their organization."
  • "ASQ’s training programs provide time-tested and practical knowledge to immediately optimize your supply chain, increase prescriptions drug safety and ensure compliance with governmental regulations."
  • "You can join one of our classroom courses, learn at your own pace with Web-based training, or train your entire staff on-site with our fully customizable training options. Whatever you choose, our experts can guide you step-by-step through the successful application of quality principles within your organization."
  • "ASQ’s professional certifications prove that your staff knows how to assure the quality of products and how to comply with established regulations. With the specialized knowledge that an ASQ certification brings to you and your organization, you’ll stand out from your competition. ASQ certification is an investment in your career and the successful future of your company."
  • "Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment."
  • "Our mission is to protect and improve global human health. As an independent, accredited organization, our standards group facilitates the development of standards, and our service groups test and certify products and systems"
  • "Founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, we changed our name to NSF International in 1990 as we expanded our services beyond sanitation and into global markets. The letters in our organization's name do not represent any specific words today."
  • "Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, ASQ champions people passionate about quality in more than 130 countries. ASQ operates Regional Centers in North Asia, South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East/Africa. ASQ’s global offices provide local access to the quality community, career development, credentials, knowledge, and information services."
  • "With individual and organizational members around the world, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges."
  • "ASQ also collaborates with a network of World Partners® spanning 24 countries and further extends its global reach through a network of 14 registered service providers that deliver licensed ASQ training and certification exams in a specified territory."
  • "NSF International’s pharmaceutical training and education programs focus on changing behaviors at both an individual and organization-wide level."
  • "Pharmaceutical and biotech training can be done as public courses, online eLearning modules or customized on-site at your work location. You also have the option of combining our eLearning with other pharmaceutical training sessions."