SEC awarded prestigious bronze accreditation from IAOCR

IAOCR logo - with wordingSEC is proud and delighted to confirm it has obtained bronze Workforce Quality Accreditation status from the IAOCR, the accrediting organization for the international clinical research industry. SEC is the first supply chain recruitment business to receive the award globally.

Following an extensive consultation spanning 2016 and the beginning of 2017, including a rigorous process of staff interviews, focus groups and review of processes and documentation internally at SEC by the IAOCR assessors, bronze status was confirmed in March this year.

The Workforce Quality Accreditation was developed by the independent IAOCR in collaboration with industry experts in response to demand from clinical research organizations (CROs) and pharmaceutical companies. The Accreditation is a seven-step process that recognizes and awards globally consistent and transparent systems that have good workforce quality practices in place.

Speaking of the award, Chief Executive Stuart Britton said “We are absolutely delighted to be the first recruitment partner to have achieved this well recognised mark of distinction in the life sciences sector. The award of bronze status demonstrates our commitment to delivering extraordinary results for our customers through the highest professional standards.

But for us this is only the start of our journey. We want to keep demonstrating our level of professional expertise and the work to obtain silver status is already underway”

Jacqueline Johnson North, Chief Executive Officer of IAOCR, said “SEC is a great place to work – the company has a clear and consistent workforce strategy, ensuring that employees feel valued and fully engaged. SEC has achieved the Bronze Workforce Quality Accreditation and it’s clear their values are role modelled from the top. They have developed robust and innovative processes that enable success at an individual and organizational level.”

The IAOCR Workforce Quality Accreditation recognizes four levels of accreditation, including foundational elements of quality. These characteristics must be verified to achieve accreditation in the following order:

  • Foundation – Company has accurate job descriptions and employees have access to core training for technical skills required to conduct quality clinical research
  • Bronze – Company has a proven “red flag” system for identifying and addressing lack of competence in high risk areas as well as a robust and systematic performance management system for employees
  • Silver – Company demonstrates employee engagement is an organizational priority; vision, values, goals and objectives are communicated across the organization; and the company invests in developing role-appropriate skills.
  • Gold – Competence of employees is verified against core global standards and 100 percent of clinical operations personnel undergo independent competence assessments within 12 months of entering a new role.

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