On May 21/22 the QC Lab Exchange Platform Kick-Off 2019 took place at Janssen in Leiden, Netherlands. The meeting was focused on the topic “Regulatory Challenges and Risk Management”. Representatives of 20 pharmaceutical companies participated and contributed to the exchange about challenges and learnings. Part of the kick-off was a 1.5 hours lab tour to get first-hand experience. We thank Janssen for this great opportunity! The subsequent meetings will focus on “Life Cycle, Change Management & Optimized Lab Operations” in September and “Digitalization 2.0, Automation & New Technologies” in November.