Understanding what clinical research organizations are and what they do
CRO or a clinical research organization is a company which operates within the pharmaceutical industry
in many cases. These kinds of organizations can be involved in many processes that are involved in the
development of pharmaceuticals. There are also others who only have to administer required tests on
drugs that are in development.
The large companies have their own clinical research organization incorporated into the structure of the
company. There are yet others who outsource drug development and testing to the organizations which
are precisely designed for such a purpose.
Why hire an independent organization
When you hire a clinical research organization which is independent to handle testing, the results are
not highly doubted or questioned. This is because such an organization does not have any kind of self-
interest in promoting something that is clearly bad. There have been cases where some medications
tested by those who make them have failed to fulfill all promises made. However, clinical research
organizations have shown more value to pharmaceutical companies.
Clinical research organizations are able to pave the way for chemicals that have been successful for
approval by the relevant bodies. Most bodies have very high requirements and before approval, a lot of
positive data have to be provided about the chemical. Clinical research organization can assist with the
supporting documents and the necessary paperwork so that approval can go through.
There are some concerns about when and where new drugs and chemicals are outsourced to the clinical
research organization, but in most cases the concerns are of an economic standpoint. Sometimes the
outsourcing of chemical research organizations that are not within your country may mean that
scientists within the country will have lesser jobs.
Outsourcing these services saves a lot of money for pharmaceutical and chemical companies. When they
do this, the company does not need to have a clinical department maintained within. This means less
strain in HR departments.