Aspiring Clinical Research Associate

Entry Guidelines and Judging Criteria

OVERVIEW:

This category is designed to challenge the ACRA’s understanding of the core aspects of CRA responsibilities and tasks. On the day your understanding of core aspects will be tested.

SUITABILITY:

Entries are invited from individuals with ambitions to become a CRA.

This category is open to those who are working in a clinical research setting but not carrying out the duties of a CRA, or others hoping to secure a career in clinical research. Candidates will include, but are not limited to: Clinical Trials Assistants and other clinical research clerical/administrative staff including those currently working in the NHS, staff working in regulatory affairs, R&D, pharmacovigilance and medical information. Entries from students aspiring to a career as a CRA are also welcome. ACRAs who have been in training for less than six months will be eligible.

FORMAT:

  • Competency based assessment relevant for the role
  • Essay (1000 words)

* Finalists will be invited to take part in category-specific case-study challenge developed by an independent expert panel.

* Finalists will be presented with the challenge on the finals day – and given a set period of time for preparation (usually 1 hour) – before delivering their response to a judging panel of senior industry leaders.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

Specific scoring criteria will be developed alongside each case-study / challenge.  As well as understanding the case study and challenge, ACRA finalists will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to assimilate information
  • Development of a situational analysis
  • Ability to define the ACRA challenge
  • Knowledge and application of ACRA skill set
  • Management of situational challenges
  • Ability to identify and address routine CRA tasks and challenges
  • Understanding and application of ICH-GCP

Sponsors

Key dates

Entry Opens
Entry Closes
Singles Finals Day
Team Finals Day
Awards Event
Clinical Researcher of the Year - The Americas