Association of Clinical Research Professionals Launches Effort to Identify and Define Scope of Clinical Research Responsibilities and Competencies


Jeremy Glunt
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Washington, DC – The Association of Clinical Research Professionals and its affiliate, the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals, today launched a global job analysis survey to identify and define the scope of responsibilities and necessary competencies for the clinical research profession.

Survey results will be used to ensure the Academy’s certification programs reflect current practices in the field of clinical research, and may be used to identify changes in the scope of roles for clinical trial monitors and coordinators. Results of the survey may also be used to help standardize job descriptions, evaluate changes to job roles in clinical research, and to compare trial conduct across the world.

“This global survey of clinical research professionals is the most comprehensive attempt at identifying the scope of clinical research responsibilities and necessary competencies,” says ACRP Interim Executive Director Terri Hinkley, RB, BScN, MBA, CCRC. “The results of this survey will help us to better serve our members, the clinical research community at large, and to advance our mission to promote excellence in clinical research.”

The survey is now open through Monday, July 27, 2015 at

“Job analysis research validates the core competencies of a clinical research professional and the knowledge required,” says Academy Chair Susan Warne, LVN, CCRC. “This research is critical in confirming the validity of our certification exam content, conforming to the standards of testing and certification industry, and in enhancing program legitimacy.”

Survey results will be published in early 2016.

Data from respondents will be used to determine which topics should be tested on the Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA®), Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC®), and Certified Principal Investigator (CPI®) certification exams and how many test questions should cover each topic.

About ACRP

ACRP supports clinical research professionals through membership, training and development, and certification. Founded in 1976, ACRP is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with more than 13,000 members who work in clinical research in more than 70 countries. ACRP’s vision is that clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world. ACRP’s mission is to promote excellence in clinical research.

About the Academy

The Academy of Clinical Research Professionals is an independent affiliate of ACRP. The Academy, a nonprofit 501(c)6, is solely responsible for the governance, development and administration of ACRP’s certification programs. Its mission is to promote and maintain high standards and best practices of clinical research by recognizing those professionals who demonstrate a well-defined competency through valid and reliable credentialing programs. Academy trustees are elected by individuals holding the CCRA, CCRC, or CPI designation. To date, more than 29,500 individuals in 60 countries have achieved certification through the Academy.