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Voices of the Board

2019: A Global Launch for PDa

by: Rebecca Devine, Biopharmaceutical Consultant

As Chair of the Board, I am excited to write about another successful year for PDA. We are celebrating 73 years of connecting people, science and regulation®. We launched a number of initiatives that we will continue to support in the coming years.

Our standards program, which we launched in 2017, took significant strides in 2019. In September, we published our first standard on purchasing controls for public comment. We also added new standards, bringing the total in the pipeline to six.

PDA continued to work with other organizations. This year, we partnered with the BioPhorum Operations Group, ICH, PQRI and ISPE. ICH recognized PDA as a training partner. With ISPE, we formed collaborated on Root Cause Analysis guidance. We were also one of the sponsors for the Kilmer Conference this year.

Earlier this year, PDA launched its new Asia-Pacific office in Singapore. We also offered conferences in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan and continue to work heavily with chapters in the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, we expanded our training courses in India, starting with the “Aseptic Processing Training Program,” which has been well-received and has proven popular with students in that country.

Looking ahead, we have also prepared a new PDA Strategic Plan. The goals for the new Strategic Plan are to differentiate and expand our volunteer pipeline, including more volunteers in the Asia-Pacific region, and working more with our Young Professional members. We want to think globally and act regionally. These goals have been developed through outreach, including surveys and collaboration with key volunteer groups. We obtained a significant amount of volunteer input and feedback as the plan developed.

I want to thank my colleagues on the Board of Directors, PDA President Richard Johnson, PDA staff, our volunteers and the membership for making 2019 a successful year in a time of expanding global collaboration and innovation.