Resources for New Members


Welcome to the Society of Quality Assurance (SQA)!

As an SQA member you are now connected to over 2,300 QA professionals who are dedicated to promoting and advancing the principles and knowledge of Quality Assurance essential to human, animal and environmental health. We ask that you to take a moment to review the information and documents below and to become familiar with the SQA website.
 

Get Assistance

SQA Headquarters

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:30pm U.S. Eastern Time

Phone: +1 434-297-4772

Member Services: sqa@sqa.org

Website Support: webmaster@sqa.org


 

Know About our Core Documents

Foundational Documents

Standard Operating Procedures

SQA members usually reference the SQA SOPs while participating in Specialty Sections or Committees. See below for more information on these groups.
 

Manage Your Membership

My SQA Page

The My SQA page is your dashboard for managing your SQA account. Use it to update your contact information, access online education that you have purchased, and even add links to your favorite pages on the SQA website. Remember to upload your photo!  We suggest using a photo that you use professionally, such as a LinkedIn profile picture.

Searchable Member Directory

Connect with your fellow members, searching by name, location or other criteria. Click/tap the column headings to sort the results.

Your Directory Profile

Manage the information that your fellow members see when they search for you in the member directory. Go to the My SQA page and look for the button to "Update My Directory Profile."

Membership Reclassification

SQA offers various types of membership. If you have been a Student or Outreach member but are no longer eligible, you may reclassify to an Affiliate or Active membership type. If you have been an Affiliate member, but wish to vote in SQA elections or stand for elected office in SQA, you may reclassify to Active membership with the required supporting documentation. To reclassify to a different membership type, please submit a Reclassification Application along with any supporting documentation to sqa@sqa.org.

Policies

The SQA Dues Refund Policy and other policies can be found on the policy page.
 

Get Involved

Specialty Sections

We strongly encourage all SQA members to participate in at least one Specialty Section. These groups discuss particular disciplines within the QA profession, develop sessions for the SQA Annual Meeting, write technical articles for the SQA eNewsletter, and more. Visit the Specialty Section page for a description of each group and a link to join.

Volunteer Committees

SQA has three types of committees that help to organize the Society's programs and activities. The Board of Directors may appoint SQA members to Appointed Committees. Active level SQA members may stand for election to Elected Committees. All SQA members are eligible to participate in Volunteer Committees. Visit the Committees page for descriptions and a link to join.

Regional Chapters

Take advantage of additional networking and educational opportunities in your geographic region by joining an SQA Regional Chapter.
 

Develop Your Career

Career Center

As an SQA member, you have access to helpful information including resume tips and examples, interview tips, a list of employment opportunities that is updated weekly, and more!

Mentoring and Peer Partner Program

Partner up with a fellow member as a mentor, mentee or peer through the Mentoring & Peer Partner Program. This members-only program offers you a chance to receive feedback and encouragement, acquire new knowledge and skills, expand your professional network and more!

Professional Registration (RQAP)

All QA professionals, including SQA members, are welcome to pursue a Registered Quality Assurance Professional (RQAP) credential in GLP or GCP. Visit the RQAP Credential page for details on the initial examination and the re-registration requirements. Many SQA education programs offer credit towards re-registering every three years.
 

Learn Online

Interactive Online Courses

Interactive, self-paced courses are available at a discount to SQA members. RQAP registration units are available following course completion.

Webinars & Webinar Library

SQA regularly offers Webinars on a variety of QA topics for which SQA members can register for $0! Members also have access to our Webinar Library of recorded webinars. Many webinars offer RQAP registration units after attending.

Annual Meeting Online Library

Recordings of SQA Annual Meeting presentations are available at a significant discount for SQA members. RQAP registration units are available for each 1.5 hours of viewing.

Quality Matters eNewsletter & Technical Articles

  • Quality Matters — Learn about the activities of SQA, regulatory hot topics, and more! This member newsletter will be delivered to your email address about six times per year, unless you have opted out of receiving email communications from SQA. Issues are available online too, through the link above.
  • Technical articles — Expand your QA knowledge by reading articles about methodology, interpretive guidelines and more that are published periodically along with the newsletter.
  • SQA member discounts are available for a few publications that are useful to QA professionals.
 

Learn in Person

SQA Annual Meeting

SQA members are eligible for discounted registration rates for the SQA Annual Meeting held during their year of membership. The meeting is usually held in March or April, with three days of plenary and concurrent sessions in a variety of topics, including GLP, GCP, GMP, Medical Devices, Computer Validation, Scientific Archiving, Animal Health, Beyond Compliance, and more. RQAP registration units are available after attending.

Every three years, the Global QA Conference (GQAC) is held. SQA hosts this global event every nine years in conjunction with the SQA Annual Meeting, expanding the meeting program with additional sessions of international interest. In 2023, SQA will host the 7th GQAC in conjunction with the 39th SQA Annual Meeting.

Quality College

Quality College offers half-day, one-day and two-day courses in a range of QA topics twice per year. Three days of courses are offered in conjunction with the SQA Annual Meeting in March or April. A week of courses are offered in September or October, sometimes in conjunction with a Special Symposium and/or an SQA Regional Chapter meeting. SQA members are eligible for discounted registration rates for a Quality College held during their year of membership. RQAP registration units are available after attending.

Special Symposia

A special symposium that focuses intensively on a particular QA topic may be offered, usually in conjunction with Quality College in September or October. SQA members are eligible for discounted registration rates. RQAP registration units are available after attending.