Clinical Research Associates
A clinical research associate (CRA) will be involved in all the activities necessary to set up, monitor and complete clinical trials. The minimum requirement for this role is usually a life science degree and most companies will give a period of induction training to give a good understanding of the company’s SOP’s (standard operating procedures).
In order to succeed as a CRA, you will need excellent communication and organisational skills, good time management, the ability to motivate others and attention to detail. This career sometimes involves a large amount of travel to different countries so fluency in other languages can be an advantage.
The areas that a CRA is involved in are:
- Selecting Clinical Investigators to carry out trials
- Developing protocol and designing case forms for the trial
- Dealing with Ethics committee and Regulatory Authorities applications and approvals
- Visiting sites regularly, monitoring the recruitment of patients, ensuring the trial is being conducted as per the protocol
- Managing supply of medicines and documentation
- Producing reports on the trial and archiving all the documentation from it