New Membership Benefits for ICR Freelancers

November 7, 2008
Company News Release

The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) has announced a specialist insurance and professional indemnity deal exclusively for its members.

NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS FOR ICR FREELANCERS


7 November 2008 - The Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) has announced a specialist insurance and professional indemnity deal exclusively for its members.
 
The deal, launched at the ICR Freelance Forum this week, offers freelance CRA (clinical research associate) and CTA (clinical trials administrator) members heavily discounted professional indemnity and errors and omissions insurance, starting from £600 – a more than £2,000 saving on most policies.
 
To establish the exclusive scheme the ICR has joined forces with leading clinical research insurance broker, Miller Insurance Services Limited and specialist professional indemnity insurer, DUAL Corporate Risks. All ICR fellows (FICR), professional (MICR) and registered (RICR) members can apply for cover and will be given the option of spreading the premium over ten monthly instalments.
 
Rukhsana Shaikh-Zaidi, chair of the ICR Freelance Special Interest Group, is delighted that ICR is offering an additional service to freelancers. She said: “The issue of professional indemnity and personal insurance is increasingly being queried and requested across the industry.
 
“To be able to offer this deal, with specialist clinical research insurance brokers, will be a huge weight off the shoulders of many CTAs and CRAs.”

The deal was launched at the ICR Freelance Forum held at the Institute’s global headquarters in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire where representatives from Miller Insurance Services Limited and DUAL Corporate Risks introduced the new initiative and addressed member questions.

In addition to the Freelance Forum, ICR provides a number of benefits for its freelance members including an online register where visitors can search for a freelancer with particular skills or therapeutic area of expertise.
 
In the new year the ICR will also be releasing an updated version of its popular book entitled The ICR Guide to Freelancing. The book includes advice specifically for clinical research freelancers on topics such as setting up your own business, interpersonal and management skills, obtaining insurance and finding work. The book, edited by Helen Glenny, an experienced freelancer herself, is due for release in spring 2009.
 
For further information about the ICR and the Freelance Special Interest Group, log on to the website at www.icr-global.org/community <http://www.icr-global.org/community>  or call 0845 521 0056.