March 6 regulatory affairs seminar looks at ensuring data quality in animal health studies

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

OLATHE — Professionals from several of the nation's animal health companies and affiliated industries, along with representation from federal regulatory affairs, are meeting at Kansas State University's Olathe campus to take part in a comprehensive dialog about the issues and challenges facing the data quality of animal health studies.

Their discussion stems from K-State Olathe's regulatory affairs in animal health series. The upcoming seminar, "Ensuring Data Quality in Animal Health Studies," is from 1-5 p.m. March 6.

Seminar attendees will get multiple perspectives on data quality from representatives affiliated with contract research organizations, academia, animal health companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. The speakers will discuss building and ensuring high-quality data, study logistics, data collection and management, quality assurance oversight and monitoring, reporting and submitting data, and other topics.

"Ensuring data quality is absolutely critical for high-quality research," said David Renter, director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology and professor of epidemiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. "This can only be fully achieved through comprehensive dialogue with everyone engaged in defining the best practices throughout the process, from study design through final reporting."

It is the third seminar in a series designed to provide current topic information in regulatory affairs. Seminars connect the animal health industry to the federal regulatory agencies, with the goal of facilitating a dialog that may help craft solutions and actions that improve aspects of the regulatory process.

More than 210 professionals from animal health companies and affiliated industries across the U.S. attended the previous two regulatory affairs seminars, which focused on opportunities and strategies in developing new technologies for regulatory review.

"We have seen a very positive and enthusiastic response from the animal health industry and from the Center for Veterinary Medicine," said Paul Casady, professor of practice and executive in residence at K-State Olathe. "Discussing policies, practices and how the animal health sector interacts and collaborates with the regulatory agencies for the modern era is an important conversation that needs to happen. Kansas State University is proud to help facilitate this dialog."

A fourth seminar is planned for June 7. Details about this seminar will be announced once they are finalized.

To learn more about the March 6 seminar and to register, visit