By Rebecca McAvoy
CRO selection. Whether you’ve been in the business of clinical trials for two years or 20, this process often remains onerous, time-consuming, challenging, crucial, drawn out, stressful … need I go on?
It may seem as though there are countless factors to consider when selecting a CRO. Don’t get me wrong; there certainly is a lot to consider. For that reason, ISR provides data that can be used to prioritize what is important in the provider selection process. We surveyed hundreds of clinical development outsourcers about what they consider important when selecting providers. To capture the increasing role that preferred provider agreements are playing in the selection process, respondents were asked about attribute importance in several scenarios: 1) choosing among preferred providers, 2) choosing a provider not on their preferred list, and 3) choosing a provider in the absence of a preferred list.