ACDM - Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD comprises any educational activity which helps to maintain, develop or increase knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards.

As an industry, we are poor at documenting our professional training and development – take a good hard look at your Training Record – does it really present your skills and experience effectively?

As a professional, you have a responsibility to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. CPD helps you turn that accountability into a positive opportunity to identify and achieve your own career objectives.

CPD is not a fixed process, one size does not fill all however there are certain basic approaches. The focus is about setting yourself objectives for development and charting your progress towards achieving them. CPD is about capturing valuable experiences and assessing the practical benefits of this learning.

The ACDM Accredited Courses in Clinical Data Management aim to deliver a solid foundation in clinical data management skills starting with core fundamentals, progressing to technical and advanced skills through to project leadership, empowering professional Clinical Data Managers and enabling them to develop their career path in the pharmaceutical industry.

Managing your own CPD also supports:

  • Building confidence and credibility
  • Showcasing your achievements and support for appraisal reviews
  • Achievement of your career goals
  • Coping positively with change

The European Common Framework for CPD has also been developed by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Education & Training Projects (LifeTrain) in conjunction with representatives from : the European Professional/Scientific bodies; the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures in Biomedical Science (ESFRI BMS);  The European Association for Bio-industries (EuropaBio); major industry employers (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, National Regulatory Agencies, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), small to medium enterprises (SMEs); major CROs; the European Universities Association (EUA) and many private course providers.

The draft framework consists of four charters – one for the individual professional, one for the employers, one for the professional/scientific bodies, and one for the course providers, and a series of key messages. It provides a holistic, harmonised approach to CPD.  The ACDM accredited courses support this framework for CPD.

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