RQAP Credential

The Society of Quality Assurance is proud to offer the professional credential Registered Quality Assurance Professional (RQAP) for professionals working in Good Laboratory Practices as well as for professionals working in Good Clinical Practices. Registration is a recognized standard of experience and knowledge throughout the QA industry, in the US and around the world.

What the credential demonstrates

  • Proof of your knowledge of the regulations/guidelines and how they are applied
  • Commitment to a high quality standard in the QA industry
  • Personal professional growth and achievement

How it Works

  1. Professionals must pass an examination in either Good Laboratory Practices or Good Clinical Practices to receive the RQAP credential.
  2. Registered professionals must re-register every three years by submitting documentation of ongoing professional activities. These activities include, but are not limited to:
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Eligibility for the Examination

GCP Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the GCP Quality Assurance Professional Registry Examination, applicants must fulfill one of the two following requirements:
  • Have the equivalent of four (4) years of full-time clinical quality assurance experience as defined below prior to the examination date; OR
  • Have a baccalaureate degree AND the equivalent of two (2) years of full-time clinical quality assurance experience as defined below prior to the examination date. 
A full-time QA Professional is one who conducts audits of, evaluates, and inspects activities as described in the GCP or GLP regulations noted in the Study References. The QA Professional’s work experience must encompass auditing, evaluating and inspecting. Any candidate specializing in a subset of these activities must demonstrate experience in all activities as outlined in the applicable Detailed Content Outline (on page 15 of the Candidate Handbook).
  • A QA Professional is one who, through qualification experience and training, performs audits, evaluates, and inspects against compliance requirements.
  • An audit is a systematic and independent examination of activities and documents to determine compliance with applicable requirements.
  • Independent means one who is not involved in the investigation’s design, development, execution or reporting.

Documentation Required

  • A copy of applicant's Curriculum vitae must be submitted with the exam application. If your CV does not demonstrate your performance of direct quality assurance tasks, your application may be declined.
  • Experience: To document experience in quality assurance, applicants are required to provide their supervisor or manager's signature or the signature of an Active level SQA member (if the applicant does not have a supervisor or manager) on the application.

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