Journey to the unmapped side of Outsourcing and Procurement Management – AROs!

Academic Research Organisations (AROs) can be a vital asset to clinical trial conduct and are being used more frequently but…do YOU know the vital rules for outsourcing and procurement managers to get the most out AROs?

PCMG leads the development and sharing of the latest standards in clinical trials outsourcing and procurement practice with it’s membership. The latest guide to working effectively with AROs embodies the best of PCMG, bringing together a team of experts from Outsourcing and Procurement, ARO and CRO roles to produce a comprehensive set of guidelines and practical tools to improve collaboration and drive efficiency.

It’s  a different world. You need to be properly equipped.

  • Introduction – what why and how
  • Before you start – models, finance, scope, communication
  • Selection and due diligence
  • Contracting
  • Relationship Management & Governance
  • Useful Resources

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PCMG introduced the highly successful Corporate Membership option for full membership several years back. Following the decision to combine the PCMG Annual Conference into one enhanced interactive online event in June that will be accessible for Associate as well as full members, PCMG IS NOW OFFERING CORPORATE ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP!

The online conference offers the opportunity for those potential members not usually able to travel to the PCMG venue due to distance or work commitments.


CROs – tell your contacts who are new to PCMG
Existing PCMG Members, tell your colleagues and friends in the US!

Remember, Associate Membership gains Pharma and Biotech members full access to all PCMG Benefits other than the F2F Annual Conference

PCMG-ID Registry of Freelance Outsourcing and Project Managers

Ever wondered where you can find freelance resource in the ever-changing clinical development environment? PCMG is offering this free service for the increasing need to rapidly identify and contract freelance outsourcing and related procurement, project management and contract manageement resource.

PCMG is inviting all individual freelancers to join the register now!

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PCMG’s unique network. Harness the power of the PCMG community by sharing your question with the membership

Members can submit questions for feedback from across the entire PCMG membership community – subject to review by PCMG Committee to ensure no competitive boundaries or confidentiality limitations are compromised….

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Attendance at PCMG interactive workshops

PCMG runs at least 3 workshops each year to bring members (or their deputised work colleague) together with expert leaders to explore and share dimensions of best outsourcing practice or issues that impact outsourcing and procurement in clinical development including:

  • Cost and resource management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Data management
  • Investigator agreements

These events are limited to Pharma members or non-members from Pharma (a £175 fee is charged for non members that can be deducted against full annual membership). A CRO may be invited to join the workshop when they can provide expert insight and support to the workshop topic.

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Discounted Access to PCMG Essential and Advanced Outsourcing Training courses

PCMG is has developed and run 3-star accredited Outsourcing Essentials training courses, which provides a very high quality, two-day, interactive event run by highly experienced industry professionals. These course imparts vital knowledge for aspiring or newly appointed Outsourcing Managers or any Clinical Development staff involved in vendor search, selection, contracting, negotiation and oversight.  The collaboration with IAOCR, the accrediting organization for the international clinical research industry, has produced a high quality, competence-based training events which have been over subscribed since inception and receives outstanding feedback from past trainees.  This course is available to PCMG members at a discounted rate and to non-members including employees from CROs and other service providers.

ADVANCED OUTSOURCING TRAINING course  was launched in 2019 to build on the competences for outsourcing and procurement professionals and is also open to Pharma / biotech staff AS WELL AS CRO/service provider employees.  As a guide, we ask that delegates have approximately 2-3 years relevant experience to get the most from this course.  Completion of the Essentials course is not required for registration for the Advanced course.

The training courses are run on a not for profit and are delivered by a small team of experienced outsourcing/procurement experts who are able to tailor the delivery of the material to meet the needs and interests of the delegates.  In addition the numbers for each course is limited to allow for a high quality learning experience, representing outstanding value of money.

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PCMG Tools and Templates

Can we fix it? Well, not really, but we can help you solve a range of practical challenges with a range of items developed and managed by PCMG that give you a place to start. Got an idea for a new template that could set the standard for outsourcing management practice? Let us know!

Current toolkit items include:

  • Standard Confidentiality Agreement
  • Core Competencies for Outsourcing Manager
  • Outsourcing metrics
  • Balanced scorecard

….and more via PCMG membership access!

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