Public Health Industry Standards

by RaeAnne Marsh

The National Board of Medical Examiners, one of the nation’s leading and most respected assessors of health professionals, has set its sights on improving the quality of clinical research by introducing the Certification of Excellence in Clinical Research.

With several major cases in the news about clinical trials gone awry, the new NBME exam will evaluate a clinical researcher’s knowledge, with a goal of helping to protect the well-being of trial participants, reducing delays and mistakes, and helping identify areas for improvement.

The exam has two versions — one for investigators and scientists, and the second for clinical research monitors, associates and coordinators.

NBME anticipates that recognition of a universal standard of research knowledge will help lead to fewer delays, lower drug development costs and less risk for participants in clinical trials.

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