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RAPS Convergence Planning Committee

Signup Deadline: 18-Oct-2021
Starts: 01-Nov-2021
Ends: 30-Sep-2023


To develop themes and tracks and identify topics and speakers for the RAPS Annual Conference (“Convergence”) that are suited to the needs of members and the profession and positions the annual conference as the preeminent professional development, learning, and networking opportunity for the regulatory profession. Current RAPS members with previous volunteer experience with RAPS are preferred.  Evaluations will be not only based on the individual but on the overall needs of the committee to achieve diverse representation to deliver a well-rounded program.

There are currently three (3) openings in the medical device focus area and three (3) openings in the pharmaceuticals focus area. Domestic and international volunteers are encouraged to apply. We are also recruiting for two (2) early career professionals to join the committee in an ex-officio role. These members will participate in an observatory role and take part in committee meetings but will not have voting privileges.

The RAPS Convergence Committee will work with RAPS staff to do the following:

  • Identify content tracks for the full conference that will be a mix of evergreen topics that will remain consistent, year-over-year, and hot topics appropriate to the medical device, pharma, and IVDR regulatory communities
  • Review all conference abstract submissions and, using a pre-selected rubric, select those that reflect excellence and innovation in regulatory work and can be slotted into one of the tracks defined previously
  • Create the conference agenda, based on the tracks and selected abstracts
  • Assist RAPS staff in identifying topics of interest for pre-conference workshops and potential subject matter experts to develop content and lead the workshops
  • Provide feedback to RAPS staff on networking ideas and opportunities
  • Participate in monthly committee calls and one two-day program planning meeting

  • The committee will consist of twelve (12) members, all RAPS volunteers
  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • President of the RAPS Board of Directors
  • Nine (9)) others, chosen from pool of volunteers
  • Two (2) early career professionals serving an ex-officio role

Length of Service
  • Committee members serve one (1) three-year term and then become eligible for reapplication.
  • Committee Chair and Vice Chair both serve one (1) two-year term in the respective roles: Vice Chair becomes the Committee chair for two (2) additional years.

Experience Required
  • Eight (8) or more years of industry experience
  • Demonstrated success in working with committees (RAPS and otherwise)

Primary Staff Contact
  • Director, Meetings and Educational Experiences


Early career/new to regulatory
Medical Devices

Volunteers Needed:

8 (8 open slots)

Experience Required:

8 - 12 Years Industry Experience

Volunteer Stars:



Wesley Carr
Director of Stakeholder Engagement