What a year 2018 has been for those of us in the research ethics community. The off-again-then-on-again status of the Common Rule revision alone has kept us busy. Layered on top of the regulatory changes have been transformations in the research industry, with continued consolidations among pharmaceutical companies, CROs, and other industry players. And all of these changes are taking place against the backdrop of a workforce that is moving from traditional office spaces to virtual work collaborations, from lifetime careers to a gig economy, from stacks of paper files to fully automated workflows.
At times these changes are enough to make a Grinch out of the best of us! Yet as the holidays and the end of the year approach, I can’t help but step back and be grateful. Those of us fortunate enough to be involved in the research world are aligned behind common goals of bringing increased knowledge and lifesaving treatments to society. Those of us lucky enough to be involved in the research ethics community are aligned behind the common goals of insuring autonomy, beneficence, and justice for research participants.
I’m especially grateful for the many dedicated researchers, study staff, and research professionals we work with here at Quorum and Kinetiq. Thanks to our clients, Quorum and Kinetiq have had a remarkable year:
- Quorum Review IRB is considered the “most preferred IRB to work with” by four out of five clinical sites surveyed at the 2018 SCRS Sites Solutions Conference and two out of three institutional sites surveyed at the PRIM&R 2018 Advancing Ethics in Research Conference.
- Kinetiq, the consulting division of Quorum, has doubled in size, and Kinetiq customers unanimously recommend Kinetiq services.
- Quorum launched the most successful IRB business-to-business integration through Veeva Vault and is now automatically pushing study approval documents directly into clients’ electronic data management systems.
- Quorum’s eConsent tool, Q Consent, has been expanded to be available for all studies at all IRBs.
- Quorum launched the first coordinated IRB/IBC service, which harmonizes IRB/IBC review by applying our One-Touch Collaboration™ philosophy.
- And our incoming IRB workload has increased with one of the largest growth spurts in our organization’s history, with Quorum gaining oversight of important and groundbreaking research.
So as we look ahead to the New Year and the “real” launch of the revised Common Rule in January, I must pause and say “thank you” for the opportunity to work with so many of you over the past year. I look forward to another year of change, growth, and new discoveries in the worlds of research and research ethics.