ACRP Announces Historic Milestone of 30,000+ Certified Clinical Research Professionals Worldwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2015

Jeremy Glunt
+ 1.703.258.3506

Washington, DC – The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces that more than 30,000 clinical research professionals have achieved status as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC®), Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA®), or Certified Physician Investigator (CPI®) through 2014, a significant milestone in the 23-year history of ACRP Certification.

This announcement coincides with release of the 2014 Annual Report of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (Academy), an independent ACRP affiliate who administers ACRP’s Certification programs.

ACRP Certification is the formal recognition of clinical research professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform ethical and responsible clinical research by passing one of three role-specific certification exams based on international standards.

In 2014, 1,092 clinical research professionals achieved ACRP Certification, bringing the total number of clinical research professionals who have earned ACRP Certification to 30,386 as of December 31, 2014.

“ACRP Certification remains the industry standard,” says Susan H. Warne, LVN, CCRC, Academy Board Chair. “In 2014, the Academy continued its successes by committing to the quality and awareness of the certification programs. We have received confirmation of our success from several varied sources, including a survey conducted in collaboration with CenterWatch showing that sites with certified staff initiated more studies and invoiced a larger amount of study grants versus those with fewer certified staff. In addition, the Academy conducted an independent survey of supervisors which revealed that a majority prefer to hire and promote ACRP-certified staff.”

ACRP’s Certification programs remain the only clinical research-specific certification programs accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and held to the highest standards for certification programs.

ACRP Certification programs in 2014 received further recognition confirming the value of ACRP Certification, including:

  • Recognition by TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. that all three programs – CCRA®, CCRC®, and CPI® – are equivalent to Good Clinical Practice training for clinical trials conducted by TransCelerate member companies. This eliminates unnecessary repetition of GCP training for ACRP-certified professionals working on those studies.
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognized the CCRC and CCRA designations toward assisting a hospital in meeting requirements of its Magnet Recognition Program, enhancing the value of ACRP-certified professionals working in hospital-based research.

“ACRP Certification continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world,” says Terri Hinkley, RN, BScN, MBA, CCRC, ACRP Interim Executive Director. “I am proud of the accomplishments of the Academy, and thankful for the volunteer leadership who continually push ACRP Certification to new heights. I look forward to ACRP’s continued leadership in the growth and development of the clinical research workforce.”

Click here to download the Academy’s 2014 Annual Report.

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.