OhioHealth Research Institute Joins ACRP’s Clinical Research ‘Workforce Innovation Steering Committee’

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes OhioHealth Research Institute 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 OhioHealth Research Institute 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 research is vital to redefining care delivery and standards of care to improve the health of those we serve. WE must support innovation and excellence with expertise and a passion to deliver high quality research,” says Melissa Kadar, Senior Director, OhioHealth Research Institute at OhioHealth.  “OhioHealth Research Institute looks forward to collaborating on this initiative.”

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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