In the world of research trails, Clinical Research Associates are the eyes and ears of each and every trial.
When a drug company produces a new medicine or changes a medicine, or a Company produces a new product they have what are called trials to do blind tests. Most of the time people are asked to join these trials and guidelines are set to ensure safety and Protocols are followed. Clinical Research Associates are utilized to be the hands on aspect, ensuring integrity in the trial.
As a Clinical Research Associates you are a integral part of each trial, assisting in all aspects of the trials; from design(how the trial will work, who will be included, how it will be administered), implementation(choosing participants, setting schedules, documenting each case),following of protocols (researching legal and safety protocols as well as
Regulatory and Sponsor required protocols), documentation and communication of research data to others in the field.
You are as well responsible to not only implement the trial, but document and communicate need for changes or concerns about aspects of trials; say you can not find a group of people that continue the trial, or follow guidelines-adaptations may need to be made and without your documentation that would be impossible.
Being a Clinical Research Associate you are responsible to ensure that the trials are preformed to the ethical and regulatory standards set. You are required to monitor trial information, sites and documentation, to ensure that all protocols are being adhered to. No matter what area of trials the you are responsible to communicate and document throughout the process and report those findings to the Sponsor as well as the Regulatory Commission.
Most Clinical Research Associate’s are required to have a degree in Life Sciences, but a degree in Nursing can be accepted, and you can either work directly with a sponsor or be independent.
As a Clinical Research Associate you will never be bored; everyday will bring new challenges and possibilities, and knowing that you play a key role in the development of new drugs, food or ways of using products to help people is very fulfilling.