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Speaker detail

  • Albrecht De Vries
  • Global Quality & Compliance Head
  • Janssen R&D (J&J), Netherlands

Albrecht started his career in Marketing & Sales before moving to Clinical Research. He has worked for many years in this space, initially as a Clinical Research Associate and Clinical Research Manager in diverse therapeutic areas. His subsequent Quality Management role focused on global Standard Operating Procedures covering site management and study execution, impact assessments and implementation of new/revised regulatory requirements, maintaining country specific regulatory intelligence related to clinical trial conduct and GCP consultancy.

Within the Janssen Bio-Research Quality Compliance (BRQC) Quality Planning & Strategy department he is currently the Head of Regional Oversight. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing through a dotted line responsibility the regional Quality & Compliance (rQC) function within Global Clinical Operations, covering 30 core countries and 20 non-core countries in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Key accomplishments are full alignment between rQC and BRQC in the execution of various QC activities, provision of quarterly compliance metrics at the country level and implementation of remediation and mitigation actions to address Self-Identified Issues and adverse trends, e.g., through CAPA plans. Albrecht is also driving or supporting other QMS capabilities in the GCO rQC arena, such as partnering with QA in audit planning, identifying risk for inclusion in Integrated Quality Plans, CAPA management, inspection readiness activities and review and adoption of local regulatory requirements – all in close collaboration with the respective counterparts within Janssen BRQC.

Albrecht was among the first certified CRAs in Europe and has assumed several voluntary leadership positions within the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), both at the European and global level, including but not limited to being the ACRP Chair of the Academy Board of Trustees.

He holds a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.