MAPS (Medical Affairs Professional Society) partners with IFAPP Academy to collaborate in education for Medical Affairs professionals

IFAPP Academy is dedicated to providing high-quality education for medical affairs professionals. To achieve this goal, we have partnerships with two well known and highly respected academic institutions, King’s College London and Tufts CSDD in Boston. In effort to continue expanding our impact and support of the various functions in medical affairs, we have joined forces with MAPS for some exciting new initiatives.

MAPS and IFAPP Academy have signed a mutual agreement to facilitate the coordination and implementation of joint projects for the benefit of biomedical professionals in the development, testing, and monitoring of medicinal products. These undertakings will empower biomedical professionals to leverage their roles in the research, development, and commercialization activities conducted by the global biopharmaceutical industry. Initiatives will be developed to foster ethical conduct and the maintenance of professional autonomy to protect the safety and dignity of patients and research subjects.

“At the IFAPP Academy, we are enthused with the potential for this synergistic collaboration. This cooperative effort will allow biomedical professionals, serving in Medical Affairs related functions, better access to online, state of the art, competency-based education for professional development,” said Honorio Silva, MD, IFAPP Past President & IFAPP Academy Chief Executive Officer. “This opportunity could result in leveraged competence and improved performance in their functions for the benefit of patients, the sponsoring institutions, and society at large.”

MAPS and IFAPP Academy will cooperate in other areas of mutual interest, in particular, those concerning education and competency building in Medical Affairs. Soon both organizations will be able to work together on projects related to the capacitation of the various functions related to Medical Affairs within the biopharmaceutical and device industry and ensure that better medicines are available worldwide.

“This collaboration partners two global non-profit organizations with similar visions, experienced leadership, and proven track records of promoting excellence and fostering capability building for the Medical Affairs function. MAPS is excited to work with IFAPP Academy in the production and delivery of the highest quality competency-building offerings for our members and the Medical Affairs Community at large.” Travis Hege, MAPS CEO

About the Medical Affairs Professional Society 
MAPS ( is a global non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization of Medical Affairs professionals with nearly 2,000 individual members from over 160 life sciences companies, as well as those who provide valuable support to Medical Affairs organizations. Its mission is to advance the Medical Affairs profession and increase its impact across the life sciences industry by: 
1. Promoting excellence across Medical Affairs functions 
2. Developing guidelines to support industry standards and best practices 
3. Fostering advocacy for the Medical Affairs position
4. Providing education and encouraging professional collaborations that support the practice of Medical Affairs

About IFAPP Academy 
The International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine (IFAPP) Academy ( is a non-profit organization based in the USA and affiliated with IFAPP. The Academy is a unique partnership between academia, industry, and professional associations to foster competencies and improve performance in medical affairs and medicines development. The IFAPP Academy-Kings College London, Medical Affairs in Medicines Development, Certification Program was created to achieve this goal. The online program aims to provide the core cognitive competencies for effective performance in medicines development and medical affairs. The certification program is of particular value for those individuals already working in (or interested in joining) pharmaceuticals, academia, and regulatory agencies. Students completing the course receive a Certificate granted by King’s College London and IFAPP Academy, a Professional Certification issued by IFAPP and the IFAPP Academy, and the use of post-nominal letters (CMD) to attest certification.

IFAPP Academy and MAPS sign partnership agreement

From left to right: Kirk Shepard, MAPS Director; Travis Hege, MAPS CEO; Gustavo Kesselring, IFAPP Past President & IFAPP Academy Vice President; and Danie du Plessis, MAPS EMEA President


“MAPS is excited to work with IFAPP Academy in the production and delivery of the highest quality competency-building offerings for our members and the Medical Affairs Community at large.” Travis Hege, MAPS CEO