Dedicated to informing and advancing its members

Research Quality Association

What is RQA

The Research Quality Association (RQA) is an Association dedicated to informing and advancing its members, and provides status and visibility for individuals concerned with the quality of research and development concerning pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, chemicals and medical devices.  Since its inception in 1977 the Association has grown and developed to reflect regulatory changes, the impact of regulatory inspection and the changing structure and needs of industry. We have around 2,400 members in 55 countries throughout the world. more


Driving quality and integrity in scientific research and development. 


1.  To develop and promote quality standards in scientific research and development.

2.  To facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer through:

  • Discussion
  • Training
  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Publications
  • Partnership and co-operation

3.  To liaise with regulatory agencies in the development and interpretation of regulations and guidance. 

Our Constituency

Quality professionals including managers, scientists, auditors and other practitioners worldwide. Those concerned with the quality and compliance of research and development with a particular focus upon the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biologicals, devices, agrochemicals and chemicals in man, animals and the environment. Those working in regulated or non-regulated, commercial or non-commercial environments.

  • Association Committees
  • Animal Health
  • Computing
  • Education and Training
  • Global Engagement Team
  • Goods Clinical Practice
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Good Pharmacovigilance Practice
  • Medical Devices
  • Publications

These committees are the focal point for gathering information, organising and contributing to conferences, seminars, courses and publications and working with government and with other professional bodies when appropriate. 

Our Products and Services

We have an extensive range of products and services including our prospectus of Professional Development Courses which offer the finest standard of training and knowledge sharing and has developed in response to the requirements of industry. It is designed to meet the needs of those involved in quality management, in particular, the research and development that impacts on human health, animal health and environmental safety. Course tutors are drawn from industry and government; they have wide experience of current international standards and best practice, and also the practical application of these within the workplace.

We also have the following products and services:

  • Professional Development Training courses
  • In-house Professional Development Training Courses
  • Seminars and Regional Forums
  • eLearning
  • Webinars (including free webinars)
  • Conferences
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme for auditors
  • Quality Management in Scientific Research and Development MSc with Cranfield University
  • Publications
  • Quasar - Members quarterly magazine
  • Our website has a wealth of information including regulatory and quality related information, Discussion Forums, resources, latest news and updates, booking and purchasing of events and publications together with functions and facilities which are only available to RQA members.
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Research Quality Association
3 Wherry Lane
IP4 1LG, Ipswich
United Kingdom

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