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Competency Framework for Trial Managers
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Competency Framework for Trial Management Professionals

The aim of Competency Framework for Trial Management Professionals is to address the lack of recognition of trial management as a profession and to encourage career development and training opportunities for both novice and experienced trial management professionals.

The framework will be a system for 'trial managers' to register their expertise and manage their career development. The scheme will be based on a compilation of recognised competency, skill and behavioural frameworks developed specifically for trial management professionals working in clinical trials. These frameworks can be linked to personal development and should help to identify training and experience necessary to progress individuals through novice, experienced and senior roles.


Why do 'trial managers' need a Competency Framework?

A competency framework and continuing professional development is common, if not obligatory, within most professions. In the field of trial management it is becoming widely expected that 'trial managers' keep a formal record of their professional skills and experience but there is no body empowered to accredit trial management as a profession. Therefore, the UKTMN is exploring ways that trial managers will be able to provide evidence of their abilities with the aim of the Competency Framework for Trial Managers becoming the nationally recognised standard. The benefit to trial managers, CTUs, employers and sponsors will be the knowledge that there is a consistent way of evaluating the competencies and behaviours required to manage a clinical trial effectively.


The Competency Framework for Trial Managers is under development.

Watch this space.

Last Reviewed: July 2019