The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) just launched a new initiative to support clinical research sites adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Launched today through ACRP’s Partners in Workforce Advancement, the donation-supported Clinical Research Site Sustainability Fund will enable rapid recovery of site operations by sustaining staff training and development programs at research sites struggling during the COVID-19 slowdown.
“Now that COVID-19 has upended the landscape, the clinical trial infrastructure is 6 months to a year away from crisis conditions that will increase costs and slow the pace of drug development,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “The Clinical Research Site Sustainability Fund is one way site partners, including sponsors and CROs, can step up during this crisis and keep the clinical research workforce skilled, current with best practices and ready to keep medical progress moving. By partnering together, we are confident we can make a real difference in sustaining a critical component of the clinical research infrastructure.”
Investigator sites and their teams are hurting. COVID-19 is disrupting site operations and threatening global capacity to conduct both private- and public-sponsored clinical trials.
ACRP recently published several articles showing that, as a direct result of COVID-19:
- 31% of clinical study sites fear total closure;
- 77% indicate at least one of their current trials have been put on hold or cancelled; and
- Site suspensions have spiked an alarming 10% in the last 2 months.
Even before COVID-19 hit, 59% of sites reported having only 3 months or less of operating cash.
Meanwhile, new data suggests clinical trial suspensions are on the rise and companies are “most worried about access to trial sites, their ability to enroll and continuity of participation.”
“We want to help,” Kremidas adds. “If you do, too, please join ACRP’s Partners in Workforce Advancement and help us support struggling clinical research sites.”
Funding will be used to support clinical research sites with continuing education and career development resources provided by ACRP, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Clinical trial sites will soon be able to apply for grants.
For more information about the Clinical Research Site Sustainability Fund, please visit acrpnet.org/sitefund.
Partners in Workforce Advancement is a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative to grow the clinical research workforce and to set and support standards for workforce competence.
For more information about Partners in Workforce Advancement, please visit acrpnet.org/pwa.