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About Clinical Research....
A Clinical Research Associate, also known as a Monitor, is an individual
that oversees the progress and conduct of a clinical trial. A clinical
trial is usually implemented by doctors at a hospital, clinic, or
doctor's surgery. The CRA is required to oversee the initiation,
progress and conduct of the clinical trial to ensure the scientific
integrity of the data collected and the protection of the rights,
safety and well-being of human study subjects.
The CRA’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to,
- Performing study drug accountability;
- Verifying the documentation of the informed consent process
for each study subject;
- Ensuring that non-serious and serious adverse experiences are
properly documented and reported;
- Reviewing the case report form against the subject's medical
record for completeness and accuracy;
- Ensuring the filing and maintenance of the required regulatory
The CRA frequently has a health care or science background (e.g.
nurse, medical technologist, or physical therapist; or Bachelor's,
Masters, or a Ph.D. in a science). The CRA is usually employed by
a pharmaceutical company, contract research organisation, academic
institution, or site management organisation. A CRA can work either
in-house or in the field, requiring 50-70% travel. A field monitor
will visit multiple sites and interact with the study co-ordinator
and the investigator conducting the trial.
Pharmaceutical companies are presently seeking to reduce the development
time necessary for their products to receive approval for marketing.
Monitoring of a clinical trial is the first mechanism in identifying
potential data discrepancies and regulatory issues. Inadequate monitoring
can jeopardise the safety of the study participant and/or is a leading
contributor to the delay in gaining drug approval. A well-trained
and knowledgeable CRA plays a vital role in protecting the study
participant and helping to reduce the time between drug development
and marketing approval. The demand for knowledgeable and trained
CRAs continues to grow, however supply is limited.
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