ACRP to Develop Principal Investigator Competence Standards

Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director

Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces a groundbreaking new initiative to develop competence standards for Principal Investigators (PIs).

“ACRP is leading innovation in the clinical research workforce by setting standards for professional competence,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “By focusing on the competence of the Principal Investigators (PIs),  who are ultimately accountable for clinical trial conduct, ACRP and its partners are taking a major step to promote excellence in clinical research.”

Today’s news follows recent announcements by ACRP of competence standards for both Clinical Research Coordinators (details) and Clinical Research Associates (details).

The PI competence initiative will be led by ACRP’s Workforce Innovation Steering Committee (WISC), whose membership includes global representation from a broad group of private and public stakeholders in clinical research (details).

“ACRP is eager to welcome volunteers from all stakeholder groups who have a keen interest in helping us define the most critical competencies required for Principal Investigators, as we expand our library of competency guidelines” adds Beth Harper,  ACRP’s Workforce Innovation Officer

ACRP since 2001 has been validating the competence on PIs through its Certified Principal Investigator (CPI®) certification program, and ACRP Certification has been directly tied to lower protocol deviations and higher enrollment rates in clinical trials (details). To date, more than 1,200 PIs have earned the CPI® designation from ACRP.

“Certification is only one piece of the competency puzzle. By developing consensus on PI competence standards, and continuing to validate competence in the workforce through independent and accredited certification programs, ACRP is continuing to raise clinical research standards and improve study outcomes,” Kremidas adds.

Those interested in contributing to ACRP’s workforce innovation initiatives are encouraged to contact Harper at or by calling +1.703.254.8117.