Research Quality Association Ltd

As an Association dedicated to informing and advancing its members, we provide status and visibility for individuals concerned with the quality of research in pharmaceutical, agrochemical and chemical industry sectors. Since its beginnings in 1977, the Association has grown and developed to reflect regulatory changes, the impact of regulatory inspection and the changing structure and needs of industry.

DGGF and RQA signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on November 2nd, 2012 in Manchester, UK.

The British Association of Research Quality Assurance (BARQA) changes its name to the Research Quality Association Ltd (RQA)

7th January 2013, Ipswich, UK

As a not-for-profit Association we have approximately 2,300 members of which around 40% are based outside of the United Kingdom and located in 50 countries worldwide, with many of our members working in an international environment and to international standards.

In order to reflect the international diversity of the Association and to be more inclusive of a broader range of membership interests and opportunities we have changed our name to the Research Quality Association Ltd (RQA), a move which is strongly supported by our membership.

We will continue to meet the needs of our members by:

  • Promoting quality standards in scientific research and development
  • Facilitating knowledge sharing through events, publications and networking
  • Liaising with regulatory agencies in the development and interpretation of regulations and guidance.
  • Offering Professional Development opportunities
  • Working in partnership/cooperation with other organisations

More information on all of our first class services and products can be viewed on our website:

Our membership caters for professionals including managers, scientists, auditors, inspectors and practitioners concerned with the quality and compliance of research and development. Our members focus on the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biologicals, medical devices, agrochemicals and chemicals in man, animals and the environment.

David Weller
Association Manager RQA

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