Will this be a silver bullet for meeting the talent demand?
With increased protocol and study complexities, study size, and utilization of an array of new technologies, the Clinical Research industry has grown and expanded astronomically over the years, and as a result, the demand for clinical research professionals, in particular, CRAs, is greater than ever before. But during this same time, the requirements of the industry’s workforce has virtually stayed status quo with little change or adaptation. And while higher education opportunities began to emerge, there were still no systemic competencies defined to meet the growing workforce demands.
The previous method of determining competencies has primarily been focused on years of experience. The more education, training and experience CRAs and their colleagues were able to demonstrate, the more competent they were believed to be. A classic catch 22. How do you bring in inexperienced talent into the industry to meet the demand? Recognizing this dilemma, the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency was created. Lead by the Associate of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and joined by leaders throughout the industry, the Joint Task Force developed Clinical Research Core Competencies for the clinical monitoring function. This framework was designed to be used in many ways to improve the quality of data and safety of patients in the clinical research field. You can now find the list published on ACRP’s website for download.
The competency framework not only brings opportunities to those interested in entering the industry, but to current CRAs to measure and enhance ones skillset and to help to qualify you for new opportunities. So, head on over to ACRPs website and read more about the new Core Competencies. CLICK HERE.