Welcome to the Council on Professional Registration web page!
About the Council
The Council on Professional Registration (Council or CPR) oversees the writing and administration of the GLP and GCP Quality Assurance Professional Registry Examinations, the notification of exam results to candidates, and the re-registration of Registrants. The Council consists of a Chair, Past Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, GLP Member-at-Large and GCP Member-at-Large. All members of the Council are Registered Quality Assurance Professionals (Registrants) and are elected by those individuals who also are Registrants.
From this page you can access the Candidate Handbook, Study References, and Re-registration information. You can also find the current members of the Council, a current listing of Registrants, and Council SOPs. The mission statement and goals of the Council are also listed on this page.
Becoming a Registered Quality Assurance Professional in GLP (RQAP-GLP) shows a basic competency and knowledge of the FDA, EPA and OECD GLPs. Similarly, becoming a RQAP-GCP shows a basic competency and knowledge of the US, Canadian, and EU laws, regulations, policies, and guidance documents applicable to professional practice as a clinical quality assurance professional.
Surveys suggest that various benefits may accrue to the individual who is credentialed as a RQAP. In order to make these benefits available to the widest range of professionals, this voluntary program is not restricted solely to SQA members, but is open to any person who meets the examination requirements and maintains registration.
The RQAP program achieved a significant milestone in 2008 - the implementation of computer-based testing of the RQAP examinations. The goal of this new format for RQAP Examination administration is to place registration within reach of more active professionals in the industry, eliminating the requirement for significant travel to former examination sites. Advances in the RQAP registration program signify the importance of promoting high professional standards within the QA profession.
Thank you to the many volunteers within the QA community who have or are presently contributing their expertise to developing and sustaining the QA Professional Registration Program.
If you have any questions please contact:
Steven L Drzick RQAP-GLP
Council on Professional Registration – Chair
Overview and Historical Perspective
Volunteers serving on the Council on Professional Registration (CPR), as well as many other participants from SQA, have invested thousands of hours and funds from personal and employer resources to investigate the utility and feasibility of professional registration in quality assurance disciplines.
The examination for professional registration in GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) quality assurance has been administered annually since the first examination was administered in 1997. The exam has included OECD GLPs since 2003. For more information on the development of the RQAP-GLP registration process, please see our brief Professional Registration Slide Show. For information on becoming a Registered Quality Assurance Professional in GLP, please go to the RQAP-GLP Examination page.
To move forward, volunteers serving on the Clinical Specialty Section and on the CPR have recently invested the hours and resources necessary to develop an examination for professional registration in GCP (Good Clinical Practice) quality assurance. The RQAP-GCP examination was offered for the first time in 2007. For more information, please go to the RQAP-GCP Examination page.
SQA collaborates with an independent professional testing services provider to analyze the quality assurance profession and to develop registration examinations. This process represents a significant effort by SQA to promote high professional standards throughout the quality assurance profession, as envisioned in SQA's Bylaws. Becoming a registered quality assurance professional demonstrates in individual’s commitment to these high professional standards. This voluntary program is not restricted to SQA members, but is open to any person meeting the requirements to take the examination and maintain registration.
2013 Council on Professional Registration Election
The Council on Professional Registration is pleased to report the results of the election of officers to serve on the CPR for 2013. The results are as follows:
- Sherry Lee Dawson RQAP-GLP, Charles River Laboratories, Preclinical Services Montreal Inc
- Karen Westray RQAP-GLP, BioReliance Corporation