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News Release: Upcoming Xtalks Webinar: Becoming a Sponsor/CRO of Choice: The Site Perspective

October 26, 2018 — In early 2018, The Avoca Group and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) collaborated on web-based survey research to evaluate the key attributes that drive quality in clinical trials from the site perspective.

In the research, investigational sites were asked to rate sponsor and CRO attributes (including responsiveness to questions, knowledge of the study protocol, and frequency of CRA turnover, among others) and study execution (including setting of realistic patient recruitment goals, design of CRF, and ease of EDC systems).

During this live webinar upcoming on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 11am EST (4pm GMT), key findings – as well as recommendations for sponsors and CROs who want to become “partners of choice” with sites – will be presented.

Kristen Jonathan Bennett, Associate Director of Client Delivery at The Avoca Group and Jim Kremidas, Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) will discuss:

  • Essentials of protocol quality and designing studies with site feasibility in mind
  • Where to focus staff training and education efforts
  • The two biggest concerns for sites
  • The kind of support sites say they need more of
  • Why including sites in regulatory inspection preparedness planning is among the most effective actions sponsors and CROs can take to build positive relationships with sites.

For more information about this complimentary event, visit: Becoming a Sponsor/CRO of Choice: The Site Perspective.



Xtalks, powered by Honeycomb Worldwide Inc., is a leading provider of educational webinars to the global life science, food and medical device community. Every year thousands of industry practitioners (from life science, food and medical device companies, private & academic research institutions, healthcare centers, etc.) turn to Xtalks for access to quality content. Xtalks helps Life Science professionals stay current with industry developments, trends and regulations. Xtalks webinars also provide perspectives on key issues from top industry thought leaders and service providers.



The Avoca Group is a life sciences consulting firm dedicated to improving quality and compliance in the clinical trial execution process. Integrating deep subject matter expertise with industry-leading approaches and technology, the company tailors solutions that help companies build quality management, inspection readiness, and effective oversight systems into existing processes. The company operates the Avoca Quality Consortium® (AQC), a collaborative comprised of nearly 100 pharma, biotech, CRO, and clinical service provider companies with the shared objective of elevating clinical trial quality and bringing key stakeholders in the clinical trials process into greater alignment. The Avoca Group’s mission is to have a positive impact on all clinical trials by helping clinical research companies increase quality, ensure compliance, and improve efficiency so that medicines can reach patients faster.



The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) supports clinical research professionals through membership, training and development resources, and certification. Founded in 1976, ACRP is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with more than 13,000 members who work in clinical research in more than 70 countries. ACRP’s vision is that clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world. ACRP’s mission is to promote excellence in clinical research.


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