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Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) is a specialized research person working with and under the direction of the Principal Investigator .While the Principal Investigator(PI) is primarily responsible for the overall designing, conducting, and management of the clinical trial, the CRC supports, and coordinates the regular clinical trial activities and plays a crucial role in the conduct of the study. By doing these duties, the CRC works with the PI, sponsor ,department, and institution to support and provide guidance on every related aspects of the study.
Every clinical research project may have one or more study coordinators depending on the workload at the trial site. Clinical trials at site level can be roughly divided into 3 stages. The three stages and the role of the coordinators at these stages are:
1) Before starting the clinical trial
2) During the conduct of the clinical trial
3) After finishing the clinical trial
1) Before starting the clinical trial: