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What does a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) do?

Posted on: 30 Oct 13


Clinical Research Associate Job Description - What does a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) do?

A clinical research associate (CRA) runs clinical trials to test drugs to ensure they are effective and safe. Most CRAs are employed by pharmaceutical companies or contract research organisations (CROs), who in turn work for a pharmaceutical companies.
Typically, a Clinical Research Associate:

  • Reports to, and receives instructions from, the Clinical Trial Manager (CTM);
  • Assists and works closely with the Clinical Data Manager (CDM), CTM, and Biostatistician (BST);
  • Performs requests and errands coming from both the CDM and BST with due permission from the CTM; and
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned by the CTM.

  • Graduate of life sciences, such as nursing, physical therapy, psychology, biology, pharmacy, zoology, and medical technology;
  • Preferably with some units in courses related to marketing, business, or statistics;
  • Has worked in a pharmaceutical company, or related field, for at least 3 years as Clinical Research Associate.

A Clinical Research Associate, after at least 3 years, might progress to Clinical Data Manager.


Mike Wood- editor

Last updated on: 30/10/2013 16:45:50

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