Clinical Trials BC Joins ACRP’s Clinical Research ‘Workforce Innovation Steering Committee’

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The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes Clinical Trials BC as the latest member of the ‘Workforce Innovation Steering Committee’ (WISC).

The WISC is a collaborative partnership of private and public stakeholders working to improve clinical trial quality and respond to changes impacting the workforce by providing oversight for needed standardization activities. The partnership has led several standardization initiatives in clinical research, including publication of competency guidelines for clinical trial monitors and clinical research coordinators.

“We are excited to welcome Clinical Trials BC to the WISC,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “Industry’s current approach to workforce planning, development, and assessment is not sustainable and is not resulting in improved clinical trial outcomes. By focusing on the talent pool today, ACRP is working collaboratively to ensure the stability of the clinical research enterprise in the future and the continued development of new drugs, devices, and therapies.”

“Clinical Trials BC is thrilled to be a new member of the steering committee and we look forward to working together in partnership to advance workplace innovation for clinical research,” says Alison Orth, Unit Director, Clinical Trials BC (a unit of the BC Academic Health Science Network). “We’re excited to be bringing the perspectives of clinical researchers based in British Columbia, Canada forward to the committee.”

Workforce planning, development, and assessment is imperative to the existence, quality, and efficiency of clinical research. Yet, it has been largely overlooked as industry focuses instead on the important initiatives to improve quality and efficiency through process and technology innovation.

Future WISC initiatives include development and promotion of hiring guidelines for clinical research coordinators and competency standards for principal investigators.

“By focusing on workforce initiatives, we hope to collaboratively equip industry with standardized measures of competence that will help reduce variance in workforce performance and assist in growing the clinical research workforce of tomorrow,” adds Kremidas.

If you are interested in joining the WISC and contributing to ACRP’s workforce innovation initiatives, please contact Beth Harper, ACRP Workforce Innovation Officer, at beth.harper@acrpnet.org.

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