PDA was saddened to learn of the passing of
longtime volunteer Edwin Rivera-Martinez
on Dec. 28. Edwin was a major part of
PDA’s family. Many of us remember how he
could spin a good yarn and capture an audience
with his enthralling presentations. He
was heavily involved in supporting efforts to
ensure the supply chain around the world,
including the Asia-Pacific region.
Edwin made many contributions as a
PDA volunteer. From 2012–2017 he was
part of the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Advisory Board (RAQAB). As part of this
role, he also served as the RAQAB liaison
to the PDA Letter Editorial Committee.
He also served on the program planning
committees for PDA’s supply chain conferences/workshops in 2010, 2011 and
2013 and was a speaker and instructor at
a Japan Chapter Annual Meeting. Edwin
also spoke at a 2009 PDA meeting in Europe
on the supply chain of pharmaceutical
ingredients. Additionally, he was an
active contributor to the Quality Metrics
Task Force. His significant contributions
to PDA are part of his legacy that will
remain with us.
His extensive industry experience served
to benefit PDA and its members. He was
proud of his many years of work at the
U.S. FDA where he was an investigator.
While at FDA, he was the driving force
behind ICH Q7, Good Manufacturing
Practice Guidance for Active Pharmaceutical
Ingredients. As part of CDER, he was
actively involved in many initiatives,
training programs and conferences with
PDA, where he contributed to communicating
the Agency’s expectations and
industry practice on important technical
and regulatory matters.
While working at Sanofi over the past
six years, Edwin was always fully dedicated
to quality, compliance and patient
safety and was a strong contributor to the
company’s quality culture journey. He
was a true gentleman whose kindness was
unanimously recognized by many Sanofi
colleagues across the world.
Edwin will be sorely missed by PDA. His
passion for ensuring safe medicines was
infectious and the Association plans to
carry on this legacy.