Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve specific goals. A clinical trial project is a team-work involving a group of professionals contributing their work in order to complete a specific task. The team is led by a single person; clinical trial project manager. The Clinical Trial Project Manager (CTPM) also known as the Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) organizes the aspects and components of a clinical trial project that have significant impact on the time and cost consumed to develop a new drug or medical device.
A clinical trial project manager must have skills, knowledge and proficiency in project management techniques and its practices along with the niche areas of clinical research. The CTPM or CTM must be a professional with years of experience in managing clinical trials across various therapeutic areas. The CTM should be fully equipped with knowledge of drug development process, clinical trial timelines, budgets, resource management, scope management, etc.
All these qualities for a clinical trial project manager can be achieved by obtaining a proper training in clinical project management and certification as a proof of the required competencies. Clinical Research Society (CRS) offers such a continuing education program; Certified Clinical Project Manager (CCPM) that allows project management professionals to efficiently lead the trial outcome from the start of the project. A Project Manager must also have the ability to appropriately act, respond and adapt to developing situations during a clinical trial.
Clinical research industry needs certified clinical project managers with good skills and knowledge of best practices in implementing the project management techniques and tools, for successful conduct of a clinical trial. The CCPM curriculum covers almost all major areas of clinical project management starting from drug development process to project close-out which is fully endorsed and developed by the experienced project management professionals. The training uses the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as a guide so participants learn how to use management strategies, tools and techniques to their clinical trial projects.
The certification program is available for clinical research society professional members and non-members as well. The CRS professional membership is offered at a nominal fee which provides an opportunity to access all areas of clinical research society forum and with many additional benefits.
Any clinical research professional who is working or having work experience such as of a Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Study Manager, Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Clinical Logistic Manager or Project Lead can opt for this certification to attain higher skills and enhance their knowledge and understanding of clinical trials.
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