Foundations in Clinical Research Accreditation

Foundations in Clinical Research Accreditation

Along with ICH-GCP, the essential foundation stones for everyone working in the clinical research industry, and/or for individuals who have already completed foundation level training/certification and are looking to formally evidence their competence with an internationally recognized accreditation to help them advance or move into a clinical research career.

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Accreditation Program Outline

The Foundations in Clinical Research Accreditation is a key foundation stone for everyone working in clinical research, regardless of their role.

Participants who successfully achieve this accreditation can demonstrate to employers and the industry that they have a solid understanding of the clinical research landscape and evidenced their competence in the key foundation areas required by all clinical research professionals.  Other professionals involved in clinical research may also find this accreditation beneficial in terms of enhancing their career and increasing employability.

This accreditation is highly valuable for everyone working in  clinical research, or for those looking to step into a clinical research career after completing some foundational level training*.

This independently accredited program uses assessment criteria mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education developed by UNESCO, which is recognizable by educational establishments and employers globally.

*Please note that IAOCR do not provide training. The purpose of our accreditations is to competence verify individuals who have received training through another provider, and/or gained the necessary ‘on the job’ experience to complete the accreditation assessment. (See entry requirements for further details). 

What does the Accreditation assessment involve?

After program registration and enrolment, you will be sent a link by email to access your online assessment portal. You will normally receive this link one working day before your program start date.  The assessment is a series of multiple-choice questions designed to test your competence in the key foundation areas of clinical research (See Entry Requirements). This assessment becomes your ‘Portfolio of Evidence’.

Upon completion of your assessment, your portfolio will be sent to the IAOCR Assessment team for review and independent verification. If you have successfully passed the accreditation you will be awarded the following:

  • A Certificate of Accreditation
  • An electronic Accreditation Mark displaying your award date and your unique registration number

How long will it take to complete the assessment?

On average, the assessment takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.  You can complete the assessment in your own time, but you must ensure that your final submission adheres to the deadline for assessment submission according to your program start date (see table in Program Registration section).


Entry Requirements

Before enrolling on the Foundations in Clinical Research Accreditation program, it is important you confirm that your career and/or educational and training background has provided you with the necessary experience and knowledge to complete the competence assessment areas listed below.  Please ensure that you have self-certified your ability to complete the accreditation assessment before enrolling on the program:

  • Key requirements in conducting clinical trials from start up to close out
  • Clinical trial regulatory and ethical requirements
  • Consent, reporting processes and maintenance of data integrity in clinical trials
  • Clinical trial documentation
  • Quality management processes and practices involved in clinical trials
  • An understanding of the investigational medicinal product and its appropriate management
  • Stakeholder management within a clinical trial
  • An understanding of decentralized trials



NOTE: This program can also be purchased as part of a package (the Foundations Package) which also includes the ICH-GCP Essentials Accreditation.  All participants who want to enrol for a career pathway accreditation must have first successfully completed both foundation accreditations. To view the Foundations Package Program click here.

Program Registration

There are normally 4 registration dates per year for the Clinical Research Foundations Accreditation.

Award of Accreditation Certificates and electronic Accreditation Marks normally happens within 4 weeks of program start date.

If your preferred start date is not currently listed below, you can register your interest and we will contact you when registration opens. Please contact us clearly stating which program you are interested in.

Registration Dates Program Start Date Deadline for Assessment Submission
Register up to 11 Feb 2023 15 Feb 2023 22 Feb 2023
Register up to 14 Apr 2023 17 Apr 2023 24 Apr 2023
Register up to 09 Jun 2023 12 Jun 2023   19 Jun 2023
Register up to 11 Aug 2023 14 Aug 2023 21 Aug 2023
Register up to 13 Oct 2023 16 Oct 2023 23 Oct 2023

NOTE: Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions of Sale for IAOCR Accreditation Programs, as this contains important information about program completion, cancellations and deferrals. You will be asked to confirm that you have read these before completing the purchase check out process.

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Foundations Package: Internationally Qualified Clinical Research Professional (Foundation Level) – Encompassing ICH-GCP Accreditation and Foundations in Clinical Research Accreditation

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