A clinical trial assistant is an administrative position which is employed primarily by universities and drug manufacturing companies. The trial assistant takes on tasks involving proper documentation of participants, disseminating necessary information, assisting researchers in setting up trials, and facilitating smooth progress of these studies and experiments.
Clinical trial assistants are also employed by lead scientists to help facilitate studies. They may be required to help gather trial participants via advertising and online postings and must ensure that the demographics of participants match those required by the trial. They also gather necessary paperwork, including consent forms, from participants and file them securely in a manner that adheres to all laws and regulations and protects the confidentiality of participants.
Clinical trial assistants also help with basic aspects of the trial itself, which may include the dissemination of trial medication or placebos under laboratory supervision. The study will likely require the accumulation of participant data, so the assistant must help secure these measurements by adding them to spreadsheets or study data sheets for lead researchers to utilize.
The requirements are fairly flexible to work as a clinical trial assistant. At a university level, most schools prefer students who are actively enrolled in a relevant discipline to the trials being conducted. For food/drug clinical trials, applicants must typically have some background in administrative employment, and may also need some college or post-secondary training, as well. They generally work in both laboratory and office environments during traditional weekly business hours.
Clinical Trial Assistant Tasks
Ensure adherence to safety protocols and standards.
Provide assistance for a variety of clinical trials, potentially across multiple sites.
Gather and compile clinical research data, maintain trial databases, and perform routine clerical duties.
Disseminate clinical trial reports, protocol amendments, and other communications to relevant groups.