Press Releases–2014

Slow adoption of Risk-Based Monitoring highlights results from new ACRP, CenterWatch Site Operations Survey

Boston, MA and London, UK – June 17, 2014—The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), one of the largest representative organizations for clinical research professionals in the world, and CenterWatch, the leading source for clinical trials information, today released a collaborative benchmarking report on clinical research site performance as a result of the largest independent, unbiased survey of site leadership.

Among highlights of the data:

  • 23% of sites have taken no training action to prepare for Risk-Based Monitoring;
  • 45% of sites are not planning for, or implementing, Risk-Based Monitoring; and
  • 36% of sites plan to increase staff at the coordinator level in 2015.

The survey data is available in two separate reports, one comparing smaller study sites to average site metrics, and another comparing larger study sites to the average, providing a greater degree of relevance to the site market.

This unique market research provides benchmarking metrics on:

  • site infrastructure, including number of patients screened and enrolled, and site staffing;
  • financial performance, including trial volumes, financials, study conduct delays and improvements; and a special section on
  • Risk-Based Monitoring implementation, management, and the impact on staff and preparation.

“We are proud to provide the largest component of our membership, site personnel, with the data they need to most effectively run their businesses,” says James Thomasell, ACRP Executive Director. “And we are thrilled to be able to do so through our collaborative partnership with CenterWatch. There is no better team to provide the kind of robust and trustworthy data needed to drive decision making at the site level.”

“We are pleased to be collaborating with ACRP on this survey to provide industry professionals with insightful and analytical information on the business operations of the investigative site and how it is evolving,” says Joan Chambers, COO, CenterWatch. “We are looking forward to conducting more surveys with ACRP and providing benchmarking reports as part of our collaborative partnership.”

The data is available at www.acrpnet.org/sitebenchmarking and http://store.centerwatch.com/p-433-2014-financial-and-operating-benchmark-reports.aspx.

**About CenterWatch**

Since 1994, CenterWatch, has been the recognized global leader in providing clinical trials information to a broad and influential spectrum of clinical research professionals ranging from top sponsors and CROs to research sites and niche providers, as well as an engaged population of patients interested in clinical research and volunteering. For more information, visit www.centerwatch.com.

**About ACRP**

Based in Alexandria, Va., and founded in 1976, the nonprofit ACRP has a worldwide membership of research professionals dedicated to the safe and ethical conduct of clinical trials across the globe for new drugs, medical devices, and therapies in human subjects. Our mission is to provide global leadership to promote integrity and excellence for the clinical research profession.