Тhe continuing and growing problem in the clinical trials industry is the lack of qualified clinical research staff. With pharma outsourcing its trials, the industry is no longer supplying training, says Ed Miseta, Chief Editor of the Clinical Leader magazine, and the problem for CROs is that even if they invest in training their employees, those trained individuals are often poached by rival companies.
The crisis has been brewing for more than 10 years, with neither pharma nor CROs providing enough skills training for graduates to meet the industry’s research needs. The practice of pharma training large numbers of recent grads ended 10 to 15 years ago when outsourcing began to boom.
Training opportunities are certainly available but the industry fails to accept competences acquired through training and sticks to the tenure dogma. ACRP worked from 2015 with a cross-industry task force and in February 2017 published a CRAs Core Competences Framework that could be accepted as basis for SLAs (Service Level Agreements) in lieu of years of experience, but the industry is slow to change mentalities. Failing to correct the problem leads to trial delays, higher costs, and patients waiting longer to get needed medicines. See the full text of the article here:
Note: The CRA School training program for future CRAs, CTAs and CRCs covers fully the requirements of the CRA Core Competences framework already for years, and now a 3 months EDC/CTMS training and internship has been added to provide even more qualified staff for the industry.