Program Overview

Purpose

SOCRA established the Certification Program for Clinical Research Professionals in order to create an internationally accepted standard of knowledge, education, and experience by which clinical research professionals will be recognized by the clinical research community. Those individuals so recognized may use the "Certified Clinical Research Professional" or "CCRP® (SOCRA)" designation.

Scope

The standards upon which this certification program is based have been set forth by this organization to promote recognition and continuing excellence in the ethical conduct of clinical trials.

SOCRA developed the Certified Clinical Research Professional Certification program to evaluate a CRP’s knowledge, understanding, and application of the conduct of clinical investigations involving humans in accordance with the International Conference for Harmonisation Guideline for Good Clinical Practice E6(R2) (ICH/GCP), ICH Clinical Safety Data Management: Definitions and Standards for Expedited Reporting (E2A), the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the ethical principles that guide clinical research consistent with the principles of the Nuremberg Code, the Belmont Report and the Declaration of Helsinki.

This certification is not intended for those professionals working exclusively under Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and/or Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations.


Standards of Practice

It is the goal of the Society of Clinical Research Associates to encourage members, and assure the competency of certified members, in their knowledge, understanding, and application of the conduct of clinical investigations involving humans in accordance with the ICH Guidelines, the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, and the ethical principles that guide clinical research consistent with the principles of the Nuremberg Code, the Belmont Report, and the Declaration of Helsinki. Members are expected to adhere to national, state, local and provincial regulations and to international guidelines published by the International Conference for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) and all applicable Federal, state and local laws and policies.


Standards of Practice include an understanding of and application of basic concepts of Good Clinical (Research) Practice, including:

Summary of Certification
Activities

11,537 CCRPs (as of 12/31/2021)

Year 2020
  • 946 candidates took CCRP exam
  • 65% passed CCRP exam
  • 2,783 CCRPs recertified
Year 2019
  • 2,060 candidates took CCRP exam
  • 70% passed CCRP exam
  • 3,801 CCRPs recertified
Year 2018
  • 1,980 candidates took CCRP exam
  • 71% passed CCRP exam
  • 3,188 CCRPs recertified
Year 2017
  • 104 exam sites hosted
  • 2,175 candidates took CCRP exam
  • 70% passed CCRP exam
  • 2,491 CCRPs recertified
Year 2016
  • 91 exam sites hosted
  • 2,141 candidates took CCRP exam
  • 71% passed CCRP exam
  • 2,421CCRPs recertified