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19 February 2009-Following a successful pilot, the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) has announced the date of its first Global GCP (good clinical practice) Certification exam as Thursday 23rd April 2009.
The Global GCP Certification exam is designed for clinical research professionals who have more than two years experience in a clinical research role and wish to demonstrate their applied proficiency in their specific area of expertise.
The exam comprises three sections; the first is a core section focusing on ICH GCP, the second section covers global variations where candidates choose to answer questions on the EU Directive, Code of Federal Regulations or Schedule Y. The last section covers functional variations and allows candidates to answer questions relating to the specific job roles of site staff, CTAs (clinical trial administrator), CRAs (clinical research associate) or project managers.
Successful candidates will receive designations such as certified European CRA or certified Indian project manager, depending on the sections of the paper they choose to undertake.
“We have developed the Global GCP Certification exam to test candidates’ broad knowledge of essential aspects of clinical research while also testing their ability to apply that knowledge in their own field,” explained Sue Fitzpatrick, ICR’s education manager.
“The candidates who took part in the pilot last year were very impressed with the standard of the questions and felt that the exam would be incredibly beneficial to them in furthering their professional development.”
The ICR also operates Certificate and Diploma exams to assist its members in their continuing professional development. These exams provide a route to becoming a Registered Member (RICR) of the Institute. The Certificate exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions and can be taken if candidates have acquired the theory and basic principles of clinical research.
The Diploma exam requires candidates to have a minimum of six to 12 months experience working within clinical research. This exam is scenario based with candidates answering three of the nine scenarios presented to them.
Those who wish to sit the Global GCP Certification exam on 23rd April should email the ICR exam co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details about the ICR exams can be found at www.icr-global.org/learning