SCRS Launches Diversity Awareness Program

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Ellicott City, MD - The Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) has recently launched an innovative new program, “Site Awareness and Best Practices for Inclusion of Diverse Populations in Research.” The program is aimed at developing a better understanding of the knowledge, expertise, and best practices at clinical research sites to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse United States population.

The project has been advocated and is being sponsored by the following industry leaders: Merck has signed on as the Premier Supporting Sponsor of this program, and additional sponsors include Janssen and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as Contributors, and Acurian at the Patron level.

This diversity awareness program was created to support efforts by research sites to meet the goals of the FDA’s Action Plan to Enhance the Collection and Availability of Demographic Subgroup Data. The FDA’s plan prioritizes improvements in the quality of demographic subgroup data collection, reporting and analysis, encourages greater participation of diverse patients, and supports the transparency of subgroup data.

“We know that clinical trials often fail to recruit minority patients in sufficient numbers for subgroup analysis,” said Christine Pierre, President of SCRS. “Our members include sites with innovative and successful minority patient recruitment programs, and SCRS is in a unique position to gather and share the best practices from those sites.”

To find out more about becoming a sponsor of this program, contact Diana Foster, Vice President of Strategy and Development of SCRS, at

About SCRS
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