Site Best Practice & Innovations

Industry Leaders Think Tank 2022
Windsor, UK

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This Clinical Research Industry Leaders Think Tank focused on Site Best Practice and Innovations.  Our speakers reported back on clinical trial site standards developed following the joint IAOCR / NIHR Meeting in 2018 and discussed changing practices, quality assurance standards, decentralised trials and patient centricity in the context of rapid changes during the pandemic. The need for change as a result of the global spotlight covid has shone on clinical trials was also addressed. Watch the highlights of the day in the video below:

The 2022 Think Tank took place in June 2022 at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor, UK.  Delegates included senior leaders from the NHS and Commercial Sites, the HRA, NIHR, Sponsors and CROs and the Department for International Trade (Life Sciences Department). We were delighted to welcome guests from the UK and international destinations including the US, South Africa, Tanzania and Australia. 

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“Every patient participating in a clinical trial deserves the best protection in terms of rights and wellbeing. Ensuring competence of the clinical research workforce and quality of clinical trial sites is essential to patient-centricity, patient safety and data integrity.

To this end we are committed to facilitating and driving thought leadership to build best practice standards and accreditations that serve patients, reduce risk and are endorsed by industry.”

Jaqueline Johnson North, Co-Founder for IAOCR and Global Clinical Site Assessment (GCSA)

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It has been an absolute privilege to contribute to the frameworks  that GCSA and IAOCR have developed for clinical trial sites and staff. Ensuring best in class global standards in terms of people and processes plays a big part in reducing risk in clinical research.


Throughout the whole process the regulators, industry and sites have worked hand in hand to determine a global competency framework to underpin IAOCR's Internationally Qualified Professional accreditation for site staff. The independent Global Advisory Board has unanimously ratified the GCSA accreditation standard for clinical trial sites, ensuring a robust standard for sites that can be adapted to fit with any country across the globe. These new standards will aid efficiency of clinical trials and provide reassurance to patients and sponsors.


Suki Balendra, Life Sciences Lead | LCRN North West London Core Team | NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) 

Thank You to Our Sponsors, Exhibitors & Speakers 

Gold Sponsor 

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Silver Sponsor 

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