Membership Hack: Online Acronym Finder

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society recently revamped its acronym guide from a printed piece to a searchable online database. The new tool helps RAPS members navigate a sea of bureaucratic shorthand.

How to hack it? Does the work your members do sometimes look like alphabet soup? Welcome to our world, says the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, whose members are involved with the regulation of healthcare products. A key benefit for RAPS member is a printed guide that defines and explains more than 5,000 acronyms used in the regulatory world.

In July, RAPS created a digital version: an online acronym finder for members who want to quickly and efficiently look up abbreviations from a computer or mobile device.

“Our members travel a lot, so we aimed to make something more flexible and useful for them,” says Lindsay Currie, director of stakeholder engagement at RAPS. “The world of regulatory is constantly changing, so the online format allows for us to update more [and] in real time.”

Why does it work? The members-only tool saves time and helps regulatory professionals to decipher both domestic and international acronyms. “It is especially helpful as many in the profession routinely pursue product lines beyond their domestic borders,” Currie says.

What’s the bonus? Members are starting to use the online guide as a study tool when preparing to take one of RAPS’ four certification exams, which are focused geographically (U.S., Canada, the European Union, and global). The guide is searchable by region, Currie says, which “allows for more targeted studying.”

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Tim Ebner

By Tim Ebner

Tim Ebner is a senior editor for Associations Now. He covers membership, leadership, and governance issues. Email him with story ideas or news tips. MORE

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