The Board of ARCS Australia has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US-based Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS).
The MoU will be officially announced at the Asia-Pac Site Solutions Summit in Melbourne today.
In a statement, ARCS said the MOU will lead to a mutually beneficial partnership between the two organisations, with educational opportunities for their respective members.
As a first step to benefit members, the SCRS’ 2017 Asia-Pacific Site Solutions Summit will run in conjunction with ARCS 2017 National Congress in Sydney.
ARCS Australia, with a current membership of around 2,000, supports education, training and networking opportunities for people working in regulation, clinical research, health economics, medical affairs, medical information, pharmacovigilance and associated disciplines in the life sciences sectors.
SCRS is a global trade organisation founded in 2012 that represents over 2,800 research sites in 42 countries.
“Whilst ARCS’ focus has been on Australia, we acknowledge that the industry is global. ARCS will be rolling out a Partnership Program over the next 6 months. These partnerships will strengthen value for members in Australia and internationally”, said Mary Nteris, President of ARCS Australia.
“It’s about what is best for our ARCS members,” said Dr Shanny Dyer, CEO of ARCS Australia. “By setting up a partnership with SCRS we are looking to ensure our members can access information and education, with a focus on sites providing a ‘one-stop knowledge shop’.”
“SCRS represents clinical research sites around the globe. This partnership with ARCS Australia extends the reach of SCRS’ advocacy and education offerings,” said Christine Pierre, President of SCRS. “The members of both organisations will greatly benefit from this partnership and we are thrilled to be forging this relationship with ARCS.”