The Society for Clinical Research Sites was founded in 2012 in response to the growing need for a trade organization to represent the voice of research sites within the clinical research enterprise. Christine Pierre, the founder of the Site Solutions Summit, was motivated, along with other research professionals, to provide sites with resources, mentorship, and new ideas through a membership organization dedicated to providing the sites both a voice and community.
Now, with SCRS a reality, the ability to make a positive difference for the clinical research sites and their industry partners can be realized through giving the sites a unified voice and community. Pierre describes the origin of SCRS:
“We are all aware that as an industry we currently have an unsustainable model – for all stakeholders. As sites represent the largest number of providers to the industry, their impact on this process cannot be underestimated. Sites, which have long been the silent partner in the research enterprise, will no longer be passive participants. Now is the time for sites to become part of the dialogues and solutions through the voice of SCRS. I am confident we can attain operational excellence while, at the same time, ensuring study volunteers safety.”
Unify and amplify the voice of the global clinical research site community for site sustainability.
Advocate. SCRS will, on behalf of its site members, publicly comment on issues relevant to the clinical research industry. SCRS will work to maintain a presence in conversations with other groups and organizations to ensure the site’s perspective and voice is present as important decisions and debates are occurring.
Connect. SCRS provides a unique opportunity to sites and industry stakeholders to interact with companies and individuals across multiple sectors of the industry. The SCRS community creates an environment that supports meaningful partnerships all year long and not just at meetings.
Educate. SCRS’ knowledge platform creates the foundation for informed action, where industry leaders can analyze their most efficient programs, fresh voices can introduce proven innovations, and established experts can debate different interventions. SCRS and its members provide each other with a constant flow of new solutions and lessons learned.
Mentor. Recognizing both the importance of SCRS’ emphasis on excellence and the reality that new sites enter the industry each day, site members will offer mentoring to other site members.