On Saturday, August 1, 2015 Great Lakes Clinical Trials hosted a certification preparation course for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).
"I'm proud that Great Lakes Clinical Trials was able to host this important event," commented Steve Satek, GLCT President. "Great Lakes Clinical Trials is committed to the conduct of quality clinical research, which aligns well with the mission of ACRP and the certification process."
The day-long event, held in the Great Lakes Clinical Trials Conference Facility in Chicago, brought together research colleagues from across the globe to help in prepare for ACRP Certification. Certification is the formal recognition of clinical research professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform ethical and responsible clinical research by passing one of three role-specific certification exams based on international standards.
ACRP offers 3 certification programs:
- Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA): A CRA monitors the administration and progress of a clinical trial on behalf of a sponsor. A CRA must be independent of the investigative staff conducting the research at the site or institution. The CCRA credential is awarded to a CRA who has passed the standardized ACRP CRA Certification exam.
- Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC): A CRC works at a clinical research site with study subjects under the immediate direction of an investigator whose research activities are conducted under GCP Guidelines. The CCRC credential is awarded to a CRC who has passed the standardized ACRP CRC Certification exam.
- Certified Principal Investigator (CPI): A PI holds a doctoral-level degree (PhD, PharmD, DNP, DO, MD, DDS or equivalent degree) and serves as the primary, sub-, or co-investigator on a clinical trial. A PI accepts responsibility for the safe and ethical conduct of a clinical trial. The CPI credential is awarded to a PI who has passed the standardized ACRP PI Certification exam.
ACRP Certification is making a difference in clinical research, driving site efficiency, establishing professionalism, setting the standard for quality, and defining the future of ethical, responsible clinical research. By committing to ACRP Certification, participants promote professionalism, validating of competence, and dedication to quality standards.