North Carolina Regulatory Affairs Forum

Mission and Goals

The North Carolina Regulatory Affairs Forum (NCRAF) is an information exchange on regulatory affairs involving research, development or the manufacture of drugs, biologics or medical devices.

NCRAF is a local association of regulatory affairs professionals, centered in Research Triangle Park. The group meets approximately eight to ten times a year. Speakers include regulatory experts and other leaders from industry, technology vendors and academia. NCRAF was founded in 1992, but now it's also one of the 20-plus Exchange Groups that are supported statewide by NCBiotech.

Membership Guidelines

Annual membership in NCRAF is only $40, a real bargain in professional development. Most NCRAF events are open to the public for a nominal fee, but are free for members; additionally, some NCRAF educational opportunities are only available to NCRAF members. For more information on the benefits of membership, please visit our website.

We hope to see you soon at NCRAF functions, and look forward to welcoming you as a new member.

Meeting Format

Evening events (generally 6/year) are each preceded by a reception featuring appetizers and networking opportunities. These presentations are usually also accessible as live webinars. Currently NCRAF also sponsors 2 dinner events annually: a “Spring Symposium” each May featuring an especially high-profile speaker, and a Roundtable dinner event each November featuring 10-15 concurrent speakers and topics from which to choose.

NCRAF also sponsors other educational and networking opportunities, such as our annual seminar courses on regulations governing medical products in the US, EU, and Canada. The US course is held annually from June through October, and the EU course is held annually from January through March.


Program Schedule 2018-2019 Season

Most evening events run from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and are held at various locations in the RTP area – usually either the IQVIA Atrium (4820 Emperor Blvd., Durham) or at NCBiotech, unless otherwise noted.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Generally, event registration is free for NCRAF members, $20 for non-members employed in industry/faculty, $10 for nonmember graduate/postdoctoral students and free for non-member unemployed job seekers, unless otherwise noted.

Special dinner events (Spring Symposium and Roundtable dinner) are priced as listed at

The seminar series on regulations governing medical products in the U.S., EU and Canada (especially helpful for those preparing to take the RAC exams) are priced as indicated on the NCRAF website. Registration for these RAC seminar series is only available to NCRAF members. These series are held on Tuesday evenings (scheduled as listed at at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), 2400 Pratt Street, Durham.


Coming NCRAF events

For a list of coming events and to register, please visit

NCRAF Officers and Committee Chairs 2017

  • President: Kirsten Messmer

  • President Elect: Sathya Ganesan

  • Immediate Past President: Sheila Plant

  • VP, Programs: Lauren Neighbours

  • VP, Communications: Sathya Ganesan

  • Treasurer: Yuan Xu

  • Secretary: Shilpa Joshi

  • Education: RAC (US): Alexandra McCormick

  • Education: RAC (EU): Clare Matti

  • Webmaster: David Jensen

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