Autumn 2005
Autumn Views
Welcome to the autumn edition of the newsletter. This is the second time we have published the newsletter during a season rather than on a fixed date. Seasonal publication, with the benefits of flexibility to publish around events such as the annual conference, is a good example of how we are liaising with, and learning from, other associations, in this case PSI. This relationship has proved to be mutually beneficial: PSI recently carried out a membership survey learning a lot from the survey we carried out in 2004: and as we move forward we will be watching carefully as they develop new methods for distance delivery of their training material. The biggest collaboration between the two associations is the jointly written ACDM/PSI booklet of CSV Guidelines and this is a good opportunity to remind you that a new edition of these guidelines was recently released. The previous edition is now out of date and I'd encourage you to check you are working with the correct version. If you still have the old version, or do not have a version at all, then copies can be purchased through the ACDM office (contact details available in this newsletter).
The guidelines are an excellent example of the breadth of service that a strong ACDM can provide to its members. The board have however recently been finalising the budget for the next financial year and the projected revenue has decreased. If this pattern continues we will not be able to support the wide range of services that we all, as members, currently benefit from.
When we ask for membership support we have traditionally focused on asking you to support specific functions, for example, helping the team who publish the newsletter or run the conference. While your day-to-day workload may make you reluctant to offer support for something requiring your resource on an ongoing basis, you can all attend ACDM training. This attendance will not just benefit you and your organisation directly as outlined below, but can also increase the revenue raised by the association and help support our long-term future.
When I joined the association it quickly became clear to me that the ACDM runs low cost, high quality training. As a manager it's great to know that I can send staff to ACDM training and they will return with up to date knowledge – be it an introduction to data management, a refresher course on regulatory guidelines, an advanced seminar or one of the many stand alone modules offered through the MSc programme at Kingston University. They also return with a much wider understanding of the industry having met and talked with colleagues working in small, medium and large pharmaceutical companies and CROs. This essential understanding of the 'big-picture' and parallel exchange of good practice cannot be achieved with any amount of in-house training.
I'd argue strongly that nearly all members can benefit from ACDM training. If you take just one area, the current buzz area of eDC, this will in due course impact on us all. Some of those functions we have classically considered ours are disappearing, other new exciting areas are opening up. The activities the ACDM are running range from the introductory training course on eDC (book now for the November course) through informative, more advanced 1-day seminars and presentations at the annual conference, to high level strategic discussion on the future of eDC in Key Opinion Leader meetings.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the wide range of ACDM events being run in the near future, and if not before at the 2006 conference on global working.
Rob Nichols
Acting Vice Chair