WIRB-Copernicus Group’s Chief Compliance Officer to Discuss Potential Impact of Corporate Consolidation on Human Research Protection Accreditation at 2014 AAHRPP Annual Conference

PRINCETON, N.J., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The WIRB-Copernicus Group (“WCG”), the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for clinical research, announced today that David Forster, J.D., M.A., C.I.P., the company’s Chief Compliance Officer, will be a featured speaker at the 2014 Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) Annual Conference being held April 23-25 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On Thursday, April 24, Mr. Forster will present “Alternative Methods to Documenting Consent” (2:45pm MDT). On Friday, April 25, Mr. Forster will join industry professionals Elyse Summers, J.D., Chief Executive Officer for AAHRPP, and Ivy Tillman, M.S., C.C.R.C., C.I.P., Director of Human Protections at Georgia Regents University, in a discussion of mergers and acquisitions in the clinical research space in a session entitled: “Mergers, Acquisitions, Consolidations: What They Mean for Your Accreditation” (10:45am MDT).

“Our goal is to ensure that clinical scientists are conducting the highest quality scientific research and that human participants are protected through every step of the process,” says Forster. “We appreciate this opportunity to share some lessons learned from the more than 3,000 studies we review every year.”

Serving as Chief Compliance Officer for the WIRB-Copernicus Group, Mr. Forster is responsible for assuring that all proposed research complies with FDA and HHS regulations, ICH guidance and AAHRPP accreditation requirements, as well as any applicable state and agency-specific regulations. He brings extensive knowledge of ethics, quality and human research protection standards to his presentations at the AAHRPP Annual Conference.

For more information about the 2014 AAHRPP Annual Conference, please visit: http://www.aahrpp.org/grow/aahrpp-learning-opportunities/annual-conference.

About The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group
Transforming Ethical Review

The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group (WCG) is the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human research. With eight individual AAHRPP accredited panels, over 100 experienced board members, and over 60 years of combined experience in protocol and study-­‐related review, The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group brings more expertise to the industry than any other ethical solutions provider. Members of The WIRB-­‐Copernicus Group family of companies include Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) and Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), the nation’s leading independent institutional review boards, and IRBNet, the top research compliance software supporting institutions. It is the mission of The WIRB-­‐ Copernicus Group to meet the highest standards of ethics and science, and to ensure the safety and welfare of research subjects worldwide.

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