Annual Training Conference

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20th Annual AFQAM Training Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

The 20th Annual AFQAM Training Conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA on October 12-15, 2021. Information on conferences beyond 2021 can be found on the Training Opportunities page. Conference details and registration are posted in the late spring of each year.

Questions about conference registration should be directed to the President-Elect and Program Committee Chair.

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  • Member: Before 9/20/2021 – $300
  • Member: After 9/20/2021 – $350
  • Non-member: Before 9/20/2021 – $350
  • Non-member: After 9/20/2021 – $400
Virtual – Curated Live Stream Presentations
  • Member: Before 9/20/2021 – $200
  • Member: After 9/20/2021 – $250
  • Non-member: Before 9/20/2021 – $250
  • Non-member: After 9/20/2021 – $300

Registration refunds will be applied according to the following schedule:

  • Refund requested before 9/20/21: 100% refund
  • Refund requested between 9/20/21 and 10/1/21: 75% refund
  • Refund requested between 10/1/21 and 10/8/21: 50% refund
  • Refund requested on or after 10/8/21: no refund

Registration Opens Summer 2021

  Accommodations and Travel

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 

Rooms will be $129/night during the conference with a +/- 3 days at the same rate.

Fly into Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

There are no shuttle services to the hotel. The airport does list a wide variety of ground transportation options. According to the hotel concierge, Uber/Lift could be around $30-40/trip and Taxi/Cab could be around $50/trip. Check out their website for more details, schedule, cost, and booking information.

For vehicle rentals from PIT, there’s Alamo, AVIS, Budget, dollar, enterprise, Hertz, and National.

  Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda Forthcoming

Pre-conference Workshops
Validation Versus Verification – ANAB
Qualtrax Mini Users Group Meeting
Lab Safety – LSI

Monday, October 11th Registration


Tuesday October 12th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Time SlotPresentation/Activity
9:00amProject Management
9:30amMorning Break with Vendors
10:00amQAS Updates
11:00amOSAC Conflict Resolution Standard
1:30pmProficiency Testing
2:30pmAfternoon Break with Vendors
3:30pmBlind Proficiency Testing
6:00pmOpening Reception
8:00pmMeet the Board

Wednesday October 13th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Time SlotPresentation/Activity
8:00amTAG Update
8:30amOSAC Update
9:30amMorning Break with Vendors
10:00amAccrediting Body Updates
11:30amCTS Presentation
1:30pmLessons Learned – Virtual Audits Panel
2:30pmAfternoon Break with Vendors
3:00pmAFQAM Board
3:30pmAFQAM Business Meeting

Thursday October 14th (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Time SlotPresentation/Activity
8:00amConflict Resolution Workshop
9:30amMorning Break with Vendors
10:00amQualtrax Workflows – Breakout Session
10:00amQA Toolbox for Non-Qualtrax Users – Breakout Session
1:30pmContextual Bias Workshop (5 hours)
3:00pmAfternoon Break with Vendors
3:30pmContextual Bias Workshop (continued)

Friday October 15th (8:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

Time SlotPresentation/Activity
8:00amMultiple Accreditation Programs
10:00amMorning Break
11:15amR&D Strategies

  Evening Event

Evening Event (Wednesday, October 13, 2021)

Ease your way back into social interaction after our year of physical distancing with a Pittsburgh-themed tailgate at the DoubleTree Hotel. Tasting stations to sample of some of Pittsburgh’s finest fare, tailgating games in true yinzer-style, and a chance to reconnect with colleagues and friends that you have not seen for years!