Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) strives to unify global site standards

Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) wants to unify the clinical trials world globally and set standards for clinical research sites worldwide.  There are a growing number of sites outside the United States and Europe, and the group is striving to improve safety, quality, ethics and efficiency.

Tracy Harmon Blumenfeld is the co-founder, president and CEO of RapidTrials and chair of this initiative states, "The research site is a critical element of a clinical trial. Despite this vital role in the research process, no uniform standards exist to define the requirements of sites or distinguish levels of quality among sites. SASI is a collaboration of global leaders in clinical research to define site standards so that we can enhance safety, quality and efficiency of drug development," says Blumenfeld.  According to the Herald Online, their goal is to develop standards in facilities, professional personnel, information technology and quality management.

In order to get these standards globally recognized, they will work with other organizations including The Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard (MRCT), the Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC), the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), the Health Improvement Institute (HII), PharmaTrain, the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR), and Model Agreements & Guidelines International (MAGI) and others.

This April at Partnerships in Clinical Trials, Patricia Leuchten, President & CEO, Avoca Group Inc.; Chas Bountra, Chief Scientist, Structural Genomics Consortium; Pamela Tenaerts, Executive Director, Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative; Dalvir Gill, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, TransCelerate Biopharma Inc. will all join to discuss the various efforts that have come together as a result of the desire to unify this global system to create safer, more efficient clinical trials in the panel discussion Quantify Industry Consortia Efforts: Leadership Roundtable. For more information on this session and the rest of the program, download the agenda here. If you'd like join us at Partnerships in Clinical Trials this April, as a reader of this blog when you register to join us and mention code XP1800BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate.

What do you think will finally get the clinical trials community to adopt internal standards?




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