Annual Review 2007
Again, membership in the European Compliance Academy (ECA) developed very positively. The academy's reputation and acceptance as the leading European association with regard to GMP and FDA compliance is steadily growing. Today, the organisation counts close to 3.600 members from almost 60 countries across Europe and abroad, marking a nearly 20% increase compared to last year.
ECA Members as of January 2008
Special mention deserves the new membership opportunities. Established in January 2007 they enable professionals to join the organisation and to benefit from its services without attending a course or conference. These individual and company memberships are increasingly requested. More detailed information on these membership opportunities can be found here.
ECA Interest Groups Receive Growing Attention
The two interest groups established in 2006 - the ECA Rapid Microbiological Methods (RMM) Working Group and the European QP Association - experience a growing awareness level.
Founded with the goal to promote the acceptance and the application of advanced microbiological methods in Europe, the RMM Working Group today counts 157 members. More information on this interest group is available here.
The steadily increasing number of members from across Europe and abroad emphasise the significance of the European QP Association established in 2006. With this membership organisation the ECA wants to provide QPs in Europe with a common quality voice and support this important Quality function with the support needed. Today, the organisation counts more than 900 members, and the 1000 members mark will certainly be reached in 2008. The association's success is also shown in the attendance of the 2nd QP Forum conducted in Berlin, Germany, last fall. More than 200 delegates from almost 30 countries attended the forum to catch up with the latest developments.
The interest in the group is also shown in the awareness from authority side. Last fall the European QP Association was invited to attend an EMEA Interest Group meeting, which allowed Dr Bernd Renger, chairman of the European QP Association, to represent the voice of QPs in Europe for the first time. Find out more about the European QP Association.
2007 Another Good Year for GMP In-house Trainings
Similar to the years before, the European Compliance Academy conducted several trainings in 2007. Offered in cooperation with CONCEPT HEIDELBERG, ECA in-house trainings rely on a pool with high-level speakers who are specialised in various areas and who are professionally, methodically and didactically top qualified - guaranteeing high quality trainings. To find out more about In-house trainings, please read here.
ECA supported many publications
FDA Warning Letters Report 2007 Issued
New Series "GMP Report" Established
New Release 10.0 of CD-ROM "GMP Guideline Manager"
GMP Certification Programme
Certainly one reason for the ECA's excellent reputation is its high-quality Certification Programme. More than 730 GMP professionals already achieved the ECA Certification Level within the GMP Certification Programme. And professionals continue to rely on the programme to advance their knowledge and to get an additional qualification. ECA currently offers the following qualification levels:
As in the previous years we'll further develop the programme to offer new certifications.
Successful Courses / Conferences
In general, 2007 was a quite successful year with plenty of remarkable courses and conferences. ECA also initiated a number of new education courses.
ECA Working Programme 2008
In 2007, one of ECA's goals was to establish further cooperations with appropriate partners in the industry to take advantage of their synergies. With one of these identified partners, the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Committee (APIC), the European Compliance Academy (ECA) signed a cooperation agreement. To find out more, please read here.
To identify further cooperation partners will also be part of ECA's planned activities for 2008:
The ECA is based on voluntary work of its members and Advisory Board members. This will not change in 2008.
Advisory Board Members
The Advisory Board Members are:
Chairman, European Compliance Academy (ECA)