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EUMDR 2017/745

Europe’s New Medical Devices Regulations 2017/745(MDR) deadline is finally here! European Union Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 deadline approaches on May 26, 2020. Medical device companies must comply with the new regulations to maintain market access and mitigate risk. Medical devices and implantable objects have not faced the…

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US Apostille & Embassy Consular Legalization

US Apostille & Embassy Legalization document requirements: the often overlooked part of shipping products internationally.

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Hague Adoption Convention

The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) The Hague Adoption Convention is an international treaty that provides important safeguards to protect the best interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents, who are involved in inter-country adoptions.…

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Adopting Internationally?

Adopting Internationally?  If you’ve decided to pursue an international adoption, you may be familiar with the term “apostille.”  This term refers the document authentication process necessary to complete your adoption.    If you’re considering adopting from a foreign country, you first need to determine whether the country…

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Authenticating Academic Documents for Use in Qatar

If you’re planning to teach overseas, or if you’ve ventured out to international job markets, you may have realized that some countries have extra requirements for document authentication. China, Qatar, and Kuwait—just to name a few. Let’s say you need your education documents (originating in the US)…

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Teaching Abroad

What Do I Need to Teach Abroad? Each country has its own requirements, but there are two main documents required for most teaching programs. You will need: A copy of your FBI Criminal Background Check A copy of your MFA College Diploma + Transcript After obtaining these…

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To Apostille or Not To Apostille—That REALLY is the question!

In our industry, some terms are used as if they are interchangeable. For example, “apostille” vs. “authentication.” However, when it comes to document apostille and/or legalization, using the proper term not only ensures clarity, it ensures that your documents will not be rejected by the Embassy before…

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The RAPS Convergence Convention Wrap Up

WCS was honored to host a booth at the annual Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) Regulatory Convergence from September 9-12 in National Harbor, MD. It is always stimulating to be amongst your peers in an environment that encourages education, professionalism, and camaraderie. For WCS, it was a rare opportunity…

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Why Regulatory Affairs Is Like Herding Cats!

According to Wikipedia Regulatory Affairs (“RA”) professionals are responsible for “ensuring that their companies comply with all the regulations and laws pertaining to their business.” Considering the stakes involved, there are few functions more important. After all, if you don’t get the regulatory environment right, not only will…

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Watch Out for Fake Stamps!

Recently we received a call from a major corporate customer asking about our document legalization services for United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was comparing our prices and processes with his current service provider. As we went into the details, he explained that our National U.S. Arab Chamber…

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