UC Davis Health Joins ACRP’s Clinical Research ‘Workforce Innovation Steering Committee’

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes UC Davis Health 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 UC Davis Health 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.”

“At UC Davis Health, we are committed to sustained training and development of our clinical research workforce,” says Lars Berglund, associate vice chancellor for biomedical research at UC Davis. “We are very pleased to partner with ACRP and join the Workforce Innovation Steering Committee’s efforts in enhancing the quality of research by developing the people who make it happen.”

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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