Creating a Culture of Research Compliance: Does it Cost More?

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By Beverly Ginsburg Cooper, Cancer Center Service Team Lead, Huron Consulting Group


In October I presented a webinar that focused on preventive strategies that can help promote a culture of clinical research compliance within an institution.

Many of the questions posed by attendees during the webinar asked about the costs associated with implementing the strategies that were discussed. To me, this raised a central question that many institutions might have when considering how to grow a compliant culture: Does it cost more?

The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is “no.” There are many preventive strategies institutions can employ that don’t require more cost. It requires a shift in thinking and a shift in resources, but not necessarily more cost.

3 Strategies for Growing a Culture of Clinical Research Compliance without Increasing Cost

Let’s look at three strategies as examples.

Strategy 1

In the strategy below, the goal is to prevent non-compliance through enhancing study team organization and management. The actions include developing a more effective team structure and setting clear performance expectations.

Clinical Research Compliance Strategy

Strategy 2

This strategy focuses on ways to keep policies and standards up-to-date and enforced by appointing the right individuals to maintain them and scheduling periodic training for staff.

Clinical Research Compliance 2

Strategy 3

This strategy focuses on continuously reviewing staffing levels and knowing the resources an institution has before opening a new clinical trial.

Clinical Research Compliance Strategy 3

While these three strategies require a shift in mindset, as well as staff resources, they don’t necessarily require increased cost.

It isn’t to say that these strategies wouldn’t help institutions identify opportunities where more funding could be allocated — especially when it comes to staffing levels. In cases like these, preventive strategies can help an institution begin to locate those areas of need and prioritize the allocation of resources accordingly.

Want to learn more about these preventative strategies and how to implement them? Watch the webinar, “Creating a Culture of Research Compliance.”

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