An exceptional performance in the Institute of Clinical Research’s (ICR) diploma exam has testified to the quality of clinical research professionalism now available in India.

Acknowledging the growth of the country’s clinical research sector, the Institute recently appointed Shamiq Hussain as its country manager for India, with an initial focus on awareness-raising and building an ICR membership. One of these members, Dr Shweta Agrawal, has now delivered the highest exam result in the organisation’s history.

Dr Agrawal achieved an exceptionally high score for her diploma exam, part of the examinations introduced by ICR in 2005 as a route into registered membership. These consist of a certificate, designed to test the candidate’s knowledge of the principles of clinical research, and a diploma, which tests the application of that knowledge.

Dr Agrawal, who is senior clinical research associate at ClinInvent Research in Mumbai, was rewarded for her efforts with a series of clinical research monographs, a letter of commendation from the ICR education manager and chief executive officer, and complimentary registered membership of the Institute.

Presenting Dr Agrawal with her awards, Dr Arun Bhatt, president of ClinInvent, commented: “Her exceptional score is not only a great achievement for her personally but also shows how knowledgeable and skilled Indian clinical research industry professionals are.”