The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, as a Premier Partner of ACRP’s Partners in Workforce Advancement.
Partners in Workforce Advancement is a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative to grow and expand the diversity of the clinical research workforce, and to set and support standards for workforce competence.
“Organizations aligned with ACRP’s mission are working together to improve clinical trial quality and outcomes for patients by focusing where others have not – workforce planning, development, and assessment. Why? Because in clinical research, people are everything,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “We are thankful for the support of Merck and look forward to working together to overcome these critical challenges.”
Partners in Workforce Advancement members—who now include more than 25 sponsors, CROs, investigator sites, academic institutions, regulatory agencies, and more—provide strategic direction and support for initiatives to:
- Grow & Diversity the Workforce
- Define, Align & Validate Competence Standards
- Support Sites During COVID-19 Pandemic
“This is an exciting partnership to more broadly raise awareness of clinical research as a rewarding profession impacting public health,” said Jennifer Sheller, Global Clinical Trial Operations (GCTO) – North American Country Operations Head. “We will share and expand on our grassroots Clinical Research Ambassador Program that has already reached over 1,000 diverse students. This program will help to address the chronic shortage of students seeking careers in STEM, impacting our workforce.”
How to Get Involved
ACRP’s Partners in Workforce Advancement drive strategic direction of the clinical research workforce, receive solutions to workforce challenges, and gain premium industry recognition.