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A CRO is responsible for planning, setup, and regular execution and management of its contracted clinical trial.
FREMONT, CA: A contract research organization (CRO) offers pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device firms various clinical research services. Drug discovery and commercialization, pharmacovigilance, to post-approval programs are all possible services.
A sponsor (the agency tasked with determining the safety and effectiveness of a new treatment) hires a CRO on a project-by-project basis for clinical trials. CROs offer the professional guidance, advice, and implementation expertise needed to complete clinical trials safely and effectively without requiring the sponsor to employ full-time staff.
How do Clinical Trials Work?
After conducting preliminary laboratory tests on a promising treatment, researchers must conduct a clinical trial to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness before allowing it to be marketed to the general public. The trial will be conducted in stages like Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III by a contract research organization (CRO).
The first phase is to recruit clinical trial participants, who must meet specific requirements based on the trial's expected patient profile and paid for their time. As the experiment progresses, more information about the treatment's efficacy, complications, and side effects becomes visible
.Contract Research Organization Roles and Responsibilities
A Contract Research Organization (CRO) is in charge of the contracted clinical trial's strategy, configuration, and day-to-day execution and management.
A major portion of its responsibilities includes managing and supervising the technical side of tasks, such as data collection and medical research. It's essential to remember that clinical compliance with regulatory agency guidelines is critical, and complying to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) requirements is a crucial component of the CRO's position as the trial's central hub, coordinating the sponsor with other stakeholders like regulatory agencies, ethics committees, vendors, hospitals, and many more.
What is the Role of a CRO in Clinical Trials?
A CRO is the agency that prepares, designs, and manages the clinical trial protocol in clinical trials. The protocol is then carried out in compliance with regulatory agency regulations and GCP guidelines. A sponsor, who may have several new treatments to evaluate in a clinical trial, employs a CRO to handle the time-consuming and resource-intensive work needed of a clinical trial. The sponsor will take advantage of the CRO's experience, which has developed over time due to the CRO's repeated execution of trials, allowing it to foresee possible delays, pitfalls, and prevent them before they occur.