Welcome to the Q1 2017 edition of the CDISC Newsletter. As of 01 January, CDISC standards are required for submitting data in the United States (FDA) and Japan (PMDA); we want to continue to thank all our volunteers who made this monumental achievement possible. Clinical research data standards, what were once thought to be just a "good idea," are now a requirement for new drug development. Our standards that were once only available through PDF documents are now electronically accessible through the SHARE API. What was once an all-volunteer, grassroots organization, has grown into a global leader in developing and supporting platform-independent data standards that enable information system interoperability to improve medical research and related areas of healthcare.