As the chair of the RAPS Chicago Chapter, I'd like to personally welcome you to the RAPS community! By being a member of RAPS, not only are you connected to 14,000+ regulatory professionals worldwide, but you also have access to a vibrant regulatory community right here in your geographic region.

The RAPS Chicago Chapter conducts a number of professional development and networking activities throughout the year to help members connect, build relationships and increase knowledge, competence and performance. RAPS is a volunteer-driven organization, and I've found that the more I put into it, the more I get back. There are a number of volunteer opportunities available at the chapter and national levels, and I'm happy to help you identify something that meets your interests and serves your personal growth needs.

If you are a RAPS member, log in for full access to the chapter member directory and the discussion board. Members residing outside of the chapter served region can find and join a chapter's online community from the chapter community listing.

I hope you will join us at our next event. I look forward to introducing you to some of our other members and volunteers. Again, welcome to RAPS and please let us know if we can be of assistance.


Joseph Orlowski, RAC (US, CAN, EU)
Chair, Chicago Chapter

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University of Chicago Panel on Regulatory Affairs


For those of you who missed last night’s chapter meeting, we have additional information for the meeting at UC on Saturday, October 26 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. The audience are grad students and post docs considering a career in RA. 

The event will be taking place in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science (GCIS) room 301/303, located at 929 E. 57th Street.

It is generally easy to park on campus on the weekend, especially after 4 pm, however theCampus North Garage free on the weekend (located at the corner of 55th & Ellis) for those who would like to park in a garage and is located two blocks from GCIS.

There are multiple routes of public transportation:

  1. the Red Line to the Garfield 55 bus
  2. the Green Line to Garfield 55 bus
  3. the Metra Electric District to University Park, followed by CTA buses #171, #172, or #55
  4. express buses from downtown #2 or #6


We would also be happy to reimburse transit costs (including Lyft/Uber) for any panelists.

 So please contact me by October 25th, so that I can provide a list to the school at ccooper771@sbcglobal.net


Software Risk Management this Thursday night

Join the Chicago chapter for an evening presentation on Risk Management for medical Devices. Software and cybersecurity are high on the FDA’s radar and worth the trip to AbbVie this Thursday.


SAVE the DATE - Saturday, October 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm

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Volunteer Spotlight
Each month, RAPS turns the spotlight on a member making an impact in RAPS and on the regulatory community. These members are the backbone of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and an inspiration for others. If you are interested in being highlighted or nominating another member for the spotlight, please contact Austen Gage at agage@raps.org.

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