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Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

By: Forouzan Bayat Nejad

 

A 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:

  • Monitoring that the physician adheres to Good Clinical Practices and the study protocol.

  • Performing study drug accountability;

  • Verifying the documentation of the informed consent process for each study subject;

  • Ensuring that non-serious and serious adverse experiences are properly documented and reported.

  • Reviewing the case report form against the subject's medical record for completeness and accuracy;

  • Ensuring the filing and maintenance of the required regulatory documents;

   
     

Clinical 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:

  • Academic health centers
  • Government agencies and departments
  • Contract research organizations
  • Private companies, such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device firms

 

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