CRC vs. CRA: What’s the Difference?

Updated: Dec 13, 2019




Clinical research is a field teeming with acronyms and abbreviations. Last week, we explored the clinical research coordinator (CRC). This week, we will examine that role alongside the clinical research associate, AKA, the CRA.


CRC Recap

The CRC is the “face” of a clinical trial, frequently interacting with patients, coordinating arrivals and departures, and answering questions. The CRC primarily focuses on patient care.


How does the CRA differentiate from the CRC?

The CRA tends to work with the sponsor directly. The clinical research associate focuses their efforts on ensuring the trial adheres to the sponsor’s guidelines, enumerated in the monitoring plan. While Gen1 CRCs are always on-site, the clinical research associate is more commonly known to make site visits. The CRA is also responsible for reviewing case report forms (CRFs).


How the CRC and CRA work together

The CRA relies on the CRC to relay news of what’s occurring on-site. In other words, the CRC helps the CRA understand the nuances, or rather, the patient’s experience beyond the data. In turn, the CRC depends on the CRA to confirm the clinical trial is in strict compliance with the set regulations.


At Gen1 Research, our CRCs and CRAs work in tandem to streamline the clinical trial experience and get treatments to market faster. Contact us today to learn more and get started on your next trial.

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