ACRP Announces Medical Device Subspecialty Designation

ACRP Medical Device Professional Subspecialty

In response to growing demand for validation of medical device-specific clinical trial competence, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) today announces a new subspecialty designation program, ACRP Medical Device Professional, or ACRP-MDP®.

“Medical device clinical trials require a special set of knowledge, skills, and abilities,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “With this new subspecialty designation, we are helping improve clinical trial quality by providing an independent, third-party way for organizations and individuals to validate the device-specific competence of their teams and themselves. We are also thrilled to be able to respond to demand from ACRP Members, many of whom work in medical device settings.”

The ACRP-MDP subspecialty designation can be earned through successful completion of a 60-question multiple choice exam designed to validate clinical research professionals who have demonstrated knowledge in medical device trials.

The subspecialty exam, which will be offered for the first time this Fall, is open only to clinical research professionals with an existing ACRP Certification in good standing. The exam will be offered at more than 600 testing sites in more than 80 countries throughout September and October.

Applications are being accepted starting May 1 at

“We are excited to continue development of certification programs that meet the evolving needs of the clinical research enterprise,” says Barbara Grant Schliebe, MS, CCRA, CCRC, FACRP, Chair of the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (Academy), an independent affiliate of ACRP responsible for administration of ACRP Certification exams. “By recognizing professionals who demonstrate a well-defined competency through valid and reliable credentialing programs, we are supporting ACRP’s mission to promote excellence in clinical research.

ACRP Certification is the flagship certification in clinical research, with more than 33,000 professionals have achieved ACRP Certification through the following programs: ACRP Certified Professional (ACRP-CP®); Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC®); Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA®); Certified Principal Investigator (CPI®); and ACRP Project Manager (ACRP-PM®).