CRO Forum

How the global clinical research industry interacts with TransCelerate Biopharma, Inc.


About the CRO Forum

CRO Forum Factsheet

CRO Forum Factsheet

The ACRO CRO Forum was established in 2015 as a special mechanism to interact with TransCelerate BioPharma, Inc. The Forum provides an opportunity for subject matter experts (SMEs) from ACRO members and participating non-member companies to engage colleagues, provide industry input to TransCelerate workstreams and report back on TransCelerate developments, helping to inform member company perspectives and strategies.

Alan Metz of IQVIA is the CRO Forum Chair, with Maria Fotiu of PRA Health Sciences serving as the CRO Forum Vice-Chair.


For workstreams mutually identified by ACRO and TransCelerate as appropriate, the CRO Forum and TransCelerate each identify a liaison to keep both organizations informed about the other’s activities and positions. The liaison is supported by a Working Group, which merges cross-company expertise and gathers input from a variety of SMEs participating in the Forum. The CRO Forum meets monthly by teleconference and quarterly in-person.

Current active initiatives

  • Risk-Based Monitoring (RBM) – The CRO Forum’s RBM working group in conjunction with the Society for Clinical Research Sites (SCRS) developed a webinar series for sites on RBM and the impacts of the new ICH E6 R2 guidelines. For more information or to watch the recordings of this four-part webinar series, click here!
  • eSource
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Shared Investigator Platform (SIP)

We maintain a coordination of efforts with TransCelerate on the currently inactive Quality Management Systems and Clinical Research Awareness & Access workstreams. Previously, the Forum has worked on the Site Qualification and Training and Common Protocol workstreams. The CRO Forum’s engagement with a given TransCelerate initiative does not constitute an endorsement of any specific project, vendor, process or technology.

Join the CRO Forum

Membership in the CRO Forum is included with membership in ACRO. The CRO Forum is also open to CROs that are not ACRO members, for an annual participation fee of $10,000. Download the CRO Forum factsheet for additional information. Follow the CRO Forum on Twitter and join the conversation. To inquire about participating in the CRO Forum as a non-ACRO member, please contact Anina Adelfio at

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