Important Resources & Documents
From general rules to required information, stay informed on all the necessary details to learn more about the RAC.
2019 RAC Candidate Guides:
Select the icons below to download a 2019-2020 Sector RAC Candidate Guide:
Select the icons below to download a 2019 Regional RAC Candidate Guide:
RAC Recertification Guide
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Frequency Asked Questions(FAQ):
What is happening to the RAC?
For Spring and Autumn 2019, the RAC Program will offer candidates the opportunity to take the regional exams (RAC US, RAC Canada, RAC EU, and RAC Global) and the newly launched sector-specific exams (RAC Drugs, and RAC Devices). From 25 September 2019, the regional exams will no longer be available for registration. The last regional exams testing window will be 21 October to 30 November 2019. In 2020 the Drugs and the Devices exam will be the only RAC offerings for candidates.
What will happen to RAC holders with the RAC US, RAC EU, RAC Canada and RAC Global?
Current RAC holders can continue to maintain their RAC status for as long as they wish, as long as they continue to recertify. Whether an individual holds one of the regional exams, or passes one of the product sector RAC exams, RAC holders will be equally recognized by the RAC program, and will be eligible to put ‘RAC’ after their name.
Why are these changes being made?
Recent RAC program research showed that regulatory professionals tend to focus on a primary product area, and during the recent review of the RAC program, the need for the credential to more accurately reflect this reality became clear. To meet that need, The RAC program launched two sector-focused RAC exams: the RAC Drugs and the RAC Devices.
We believe that these changes are to the benefit of the long-term strength of the program. For the RAC to remain a valued credential for current and future RAC holders, as well as for employers, we need to ensure that it grows and develops with the profession.
Which exam should I take?
This is a decision that each individual must make for themselves. However, candidates may wish to consider where they see their future career heading, and how their prior experience may help them in passing the exam. See our RAC Decider Flyer for a summary of the six exams.
How can I prepare for the new exams?
Preparation materials have been created by RAPS for the new exams. This includes practice exams, toolboxes, books, content outlines, checklists and more. For more details please see https://www.raps.org/rac-credential/prepare-for-the-exam
Note: RAPS does not state or imply that RAC preparation material provided by RAPS is the best or only means for preparing adequately for the RAC examination. No advantage is given to candidates who participate in preparation material provided by RAPS, over candidates who choose to prepare using any other material or method. The use and purchase of preparation courses and materials is optional. RAPS and the RAC program does not state or imply that these education or training programs are the only or preferred route to certification.
I am signed up for an RAC exam, but wish to change to a different exam, can I do this?
Candidates may change their exam for no charge up until the application deadline for the window they are scheduled to test in.
To make changes candidates must call the customer service team on (301) 770-2920 ext. 200. Candidates may not change their exam type after the deadline of the exam window. Candidants can change exam windows and pay a transfer fee.
- For candidates scheduled for the spring window, the application deadline is March 21.
- For candidates scheduled for the autumn window, the application deadline is September 24.
What are the eligibility requirements for the new product based RAC credentials?
The RAC credential eligibility requirements remain unchanged. As with all eligibility requirements for the RAC, any changes will need to be approved by the RAC Board. The questions in all RAC exams will be of the same level (reflecting 3-5 years of experience in the profession).
|Important Notice: For Spring and Autumn 2019, the RAC Program will offer candidates the opportunity to take the regional exams (US, Canada, EU and Global) and sector-specific exams (Drugs and Devices). After 25 September 2019, the regional exams will no be longer available for registration. The last regional exams testing window will be 21 October to 30 November 2019. In 2020 the Drugs and the Devices exam will be the only RAC offerings for candidates. Click here for more information.