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PPD Receives First Place in ACRP-Avoca CRO Quality Awards

Press Release – April 13, 2019

Washington, DC – PPD was recognized with the ACRP-Avoca CRO Quality Award yesterday during the ACRP Awards and Recognition Ceremony taking place at the ACRP 2019 annual conference in Nashville.

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals and The Avoca Group jointly recognized leading CROs at the event.

The following ACRP-Avoca CRO Quality Awards were announced:

  • First Place – PPD
  • Second Place – IQVIA (Quintiles/IMS)
  • Third Place – PRA Health Sciences

Finalists for the ACRP-Avoca Quality Awards were chosen by investigational sites through a research study conducted by The Avoca Group over an eight-week period in early 2019.

In this research, investigational sites were asked to rate CRO attributes aligned to quality outcomes. Specifically, functional attributes that support quality into design, execution, and oversight of clinical trials, as well as soft-skill areas such as communication and partnership.

“We congratulate all the finalists for having proven their ability to work effectively with investigate sites. This includes their ability to appreciate site operations, manage relationships, and provide high-quality CRA support,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “Recognition of quality partners in the clinical trial community greatly supports our mission to promote excellence in clinical research.”

“Organizations that provide high quality support to investigative sites deserve to be recognized for their efforts,” says Patricia Leuchten, CEO of The Avoca Group.  “It is an honor to partner with ACRP on the annual Quality Award to recognize the importance of ongoing collaboration among sites, sponsors, and CROs which benefits all companies and individuals who are responsible for the execution of clinical trials.”


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About The Avoca Group

The Avoca Group leads the industry in GCP quality and compliance solutions. With 20 years of experience providing research and consulting services, Avoca merges deep institutional knowledge in the foundations of good clinical practice with future-forward leadership in regulatory compliance, quality management, and clinical operations across the evolving clinical trials landscape. The Avoca Quality Consortium, Avoca’s cross-functional collaborative, unites sponsors, CROs, and clinical service providers to address challenges and maximize opportunities to mitigate risk and improve quality in the execution of clinical trials. To learn more about The Avoca Group’s products and services, visit or