Professional development in regulatory affairs since 1992
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a member of NCRAF to attend the workshops?
Yes, you must have a current active NCRAF membership to attend.
I do not want to pay online; can I bring a check to the first class instead?
Sorry, no. NCRAF is a volunteer run organization and the logistics of paper transactions, receipts and deposits quickly become unwieldy. The new NCRAF website has a direct link (no more PayPal) for secure transactions between members and the NCRAF account.
How do I get to Duke Clinical Research Institute - North Pavilion?
The street address is 2400 Pratt Street, Durham, 27705 if you're using GPS, or Google Maps, etc. If you're navigating old school, DCRI is a nine story building that backs onto Fulton Road between the Durham Freeway (NC 147) and Elder Street.
From 147 North, exit at Fulton/Hillandale Rd, Exit 15B . Make a left to go under 147 on Fulton. The first street on the left is Pratt Street. Turn left onto Pratt Street and proceed to the first left off Pratt. This is the drive to the parking garage. Follow this drive to the stop sign. Proceed to the left from the stop sign and enter the parking garage through the entry designated for “visitors”.
You will have to take a ticket to enter but parking is free for all vehicles leaving after 7:00 PM. If you have to leave before 7:00 P.M. the rate is $1 per hour.
The EU and Canadian Workshops are held on the 7th floor. From the front entrance turn left when you enter the building and walk to the end of the corridor, where you’ll find 4 elevators. Take an elevator to the 7th floor. Go through the open entryway, turn left and knock on the door.
The US Workshop is held in the lower level lecture hall. From the main entry, go down the stairs directly in front of the entry doors to the atrium. The lower level lecture hall is down the corridor to the right; the double doors on the right hand side.
Will I get Continuing Education Credits for attending the workshop?
Yes. Each NCRAF Workshop hour attended equates to 1 continuing education credit. Certificates are generally awarded at the last class. If you are only attending single sessions you must contact the Workshop Administrator for your certificate.
Are there refreshments available?
The EU and Canadian Workshops have a break room adjacent to the lecture hall providing hot tea and filtered water and vending machines for snacks and soft drinks.
The US Workshop provides pizza in several varieties, garden salad and iced tea in the Lower Level Atrium from 5:30 - 6:00 P.M. The cost of the food is part of the workshop fee.
What if I am unable to attend all of the sessions?
We’ll miss you but we do try to record all of the presentations and post the recordings for attendees to download and listen to at their convenience. If you have paid for the entire workshop we will not be able to make any pro-rated refunds if you drop out; however, the recordings and presentations will continue to be available to you via the NCRAF website.
Do I have to buy the RAPS textbook?
If you plan on taking the RAPS certification exam, it is recommended that you buy the current textbook. Otherwise all of the course materials will be made available to registered attendees.
Can I buy the RAPS textbook from NCRAF?
No. The textbook is only available from RAPS. In the past, workshop organizers have often been able to submit bulk orders to RAPS for the workshop’s corresponding textbook but this is not always be possible. If you want a textbook contact the workshop administrator to see if a bulk order is planned for that session.
Alternatively you may order the textbook directly from RAPS. You do not need to be a member of RAPS to order publications from them although members do get a better price for materials than non-members.
When do I have to decide about taking the RAPS certification exam?
The RAPS exams are offered twice a year. There are two deadlines for each exam date, the first offering a discounted registration fee. The standard (first) registration deadline is February 15th for the spring exams and August 15th for the Fall exams. The final deadline for registration is then about 3 weeks later.
Do I have to be a RAPS member to take the exam?