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)
- First established in the UK in 1974, PIPA is a global forum for the exchange of medical, scientific, pharmacovigilance, and technical information about the pharmaceutical industry.
- PIPA offers training, guidance, tools, events, and networking collaboration for pharmaceutical industry professionals.
- The association offers training programs in pharmacovigilance, medical information, and postgraduate certifications through online and full-time modules.
European Centre for Clinical Research Training (ECCRT)
- Headquartered in Belgium, the organization has trained more than 12,000 professionals since its inception in 2000.
- ECCRT specializes in providing training and certification courses for clinical research professionals.
- The virtual campus of the association offers training in good clinical practices (GCP), regulatory affairs, leadership and management skills, clinical research, among others.
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)
- The organization has been associated with business process optimization in the pharmaceutical industry since 1946.
- ASQ offers workshop and training certifications in quality management through online and onsite modules.
- Headquartered in Wisconsin, USA, the organization has a presence across more than 130 countries worldwide.
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
- Founded in 1944 in Michigan, USA. NSF acts as an independent third-party certification organization for quality benchmarking of public health products like food, water, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals.
- The organization offers public courses, e-learning modules, and onsite pharmaceutical training for topics like quality and risk management, supplier management, legislation update, among others.
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.