New Venue for IAOCR Industry Leaders Think Tank
“It is also striking that clinical research is one of the only regulated industries without a uniform standard of competence.
This is an anomaly that has no clear cause, but it is an anomaly that should be ended.”
Andrew Gwynne, UK Shadow Health Minister (Speaking at IAOCR Industry Leaders Think Tank 2014)
2016 marks our 6th Clinical Research Industry Leaders Think Tank. The idea was born out of discussions with industry leaders, there was a strong desire for senior level people to debate issues and consider best practices related to human factors affecting the quality and speed of clinical trials. Our aim was to foster meaningful discussions in an environment of honesty and openness.
History of the Clinical Research Industry Leaders Think Tank
The first industry leaders meeting took place at the Carlton Club in London in 2012. It was a short breakfast meeting and about 25 senior industry leaders mainly from CROs and sponsors had confirmed they would come.
To be completely honest there was a slight concern that people might not understand or care about workforce quality enough to come – in our industry there is so much focus on technology and processes that often the importance of good quality human factors is overlooked. Needless to say we were delighted when many more attendees turned up than expected!
The feedback from the meeting was overwhelmingly positive and we were encouraged to host the IAOCR Clinical Research Industry Leaders Think Tank annually. Subsequent meetings held in New York and London saw increased numbers of people joining the IAOCR Industry Leaders Network, with many people flying in from around the globe. The debates are often lively and thought-provoking and many feedback that they appreciate the chance to discuss important issues and network with their peer group.
What We’ve Achieved to Date
We are immensely proud of the outcomes and initiatives that have grown out of discussions with our industry leaders and how participants’ organizations have joined us to work together to shape best practice. Below are some examples of initiatives:
Establishing the Case for Competence over Experience and Qualifications
Our approach is now widely supported by regulators, commercial and not-for-profit organizations globally. CLICK HERE to read more.
Transparency re. Workforce Quality Practices
The Clinical Research Workforce Quality Accreditation was developed in collaboration with industry experts in response to demand from CROs and pharmaceutical companies for a transparent system awarded at the organizational level. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Global Clinical Research Competency Frameworks
Representatives from over 20 organizations internationally collaborated to develop core standards to help organizations verify the competence of their workforce. CLICK HERE to view the four frameworks below which are available to download free of charge from our website.
Core Global Standards for Clinical Research Associates (CRAs)
Core Global Standards for Clinical Research Project Managers
Core Global Standards for Clinical Research Training Managers
Core Global Standards for Clinical Research Investigators
Recently, draft core competencies for QPPV have been developed by IAOCR’s competence evaluation experts in collaboration with QPPV subject matter experts. The consultation period will end on 31 July 2016. Please CLICK HERE to visit our website and download the draft document.
Developing the Next Generation of Executives with Kellogg School of Management
We are currently working with industry leaders to shape a ground-breaking program focused on developing the next generation of executives for our industry. The program will be launched at this year’s Industry Leaders Think Tank. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Next Steps for the IAOCR Industry Leaders Think Tank – Changes for This Year
Two Meetings in One Day
Traditionally the Industry Leaders Think Tank has been a morning meeting exclusively for senior level executives. Following feedback from participants, this year we are adding an afternoon session for nominated directors. The afternoon session will enable director level participants to discuss issues and solutions in practical terms and consider best practice for their own organizations. Following the afternoon session, outputs will be shared with senior leaders from the morning meeting.
Change of Location
Historically meetings have been held at the Carlton Club in London and at the British Consulate General in New York. This year we are hosting the meeting at Stoke Park Country Club, Berkshire this will enable easier travel for delegates coming from overseas and the Thames Valley, coupled with high quality social and sporting facilities for informal networking opportunities.
Hopes for the Future – Small is Beautiful
There are many big conferences and events in the clinical research calendar – we do not aim to become one of them! Participants have told us that they like the size and format of the meeting because it enables meaningful round table discussions leading to valuable outcomes. This wouldn’t be possible in large conference format.
Our aim is to run meetings on a cost-neutral basis. This year key sponsors will enable us to do this so the meeting will continue to be free of charge for participants.
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By Jacqueline Johnson North, Co-Founder and CEO