Certified clinical research coordinators (CCRCs) are responsible for effectively coordinating clinical research efforts for their organization. They are in charge of a variety of clinical and administrative tasks to reach all research objectives. One of their main responsibilities includes planning physical resource utilization. They also create schedules for research personnel, prepare research-related documentation, and oversee subject recruitment and screening processes. CCRCs conduct post-research activities to ensure satisfactory experience for all parties involved. They must have strong interpersonal skills, as they interact with a variety of clinical staff, research subjects, and outside partners. They also actively assist researchers with grant preparations and contracts associated with the research.
In all tasks, CCRCs must follow strict safety and privacy protocols, as well as federal regulations and any other measures meant to protect the privacy of research participants. They generally report their progress to the clinical research manager in their department. One of their main tools is a personal computer to complete clinical research reports and communicate with other research professionals. In addition, they collect and keep accurate record of research data.
A bachelor's degree in clinical management, administration, a relevant scientific discipline, or a related field is required for this position. Previous experience in a similar research environment may be preferred. CCRCs must possess a solid understand of clinical terminology and data management techniques. They must be able to multitask, prioritize projects as needed, and pay strong attention to detail. They should have negotiations skills and knowledge of contract language.
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) Tasks
- Compile, organize and submit institutional review board documentation.
- Obtain and maintain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.
- Handle and review clinical trial processes and ethics compliance.
- Report side effects and safety findings from drug trials or testing.