Clinical Research Associate (CRA) is an individual
that oversees the progress and conduct of a clinical
trial. He or she may work directly with the sponsor
company of a clinical trial, as an independent
freelancer or for a Contract Research Organization (CRO).
A clinical trial is usually implemented by
physicians at a hospital, clinic, or physician's
office. The CRA is required to oversee the
initiation, progress, and conduct of the clinical
trial to ensure the scientific integrity of the data
collected, and the protection of the rights, safety,
and well-being of human study subjects.
The CRA’s responsibilities include but are not
limited to the following:
the physician adheres to Good Clinical Practices
and the study protocol.
documentation of the informed consent process
for each study subject;
non-serious and serious adverse experiences are
properly documented and reported.
case report form against the subject's medical
record for completeness and accuracy;
filing and maintenance of the required
research is a rapidly expanding field, creating exciting
opportunities for trained professionals. Graduates of this
program are employed in both the hospital sector and
research industries, and can advance to management roles.
Salaries may range from £23,000 to £50,000 a year. CRAs work
in a broad range of research settings, including:
Government agencies and departments
companies, such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and
medical device firms