Founded in 2011 by The Avoca Group, the Avoca Quality Consortium (AQC) is a collaborative comprised of over 100 pharma, biotech, CRO, and clinical service provider companies with the shared objective of elevating clinical trial quality and bringing key stakeholders in the clinical trials process into greater alignment.
Each Member organization receives company-wide access to a comprehensive and proprietary Knowledge Center of over 400 leading practices, guidelines, tools, templates, and process documents, as well as AQC research and archived webinars.
Driving efficiency, increasing quality, and mitigating risk in clinical trial execution through industry collaboration since 2011.
AQC Member Companies
The Avoca Quality Consortium consists of over 100 Member companies, with more than 8,000 Member representatives.
Benefits of Membership
The Avoca Quality Consortium® offers Members opportunities to network and share leading practices with other Members. Membership also affords access to:
Unlimited company-wide access to the AQC Knowledge Center
Annual AQC Global Quality Summit
Fall Members-only Working Session
Leadership Advisory Boards and Expert Groups
Online Community, Aha!
Regional Networking Events
Monthly Open Webinars
2012-2017 industry research on risk management and risk-based approaches to quality, protocol, and oversight
The AQC Knowledge Center
The AQC Knowledge Center is a Member-only online portal with more than 400 leading practices, guidelines, tools, and templates to increase efficiency, improve quality, and mitigate risk in clinical trials. Each item in the Knowledge Center is developed based on a rigorous research and review process by Avoca Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Below is a partial list of the types of documents contained in the Knowledge Center:
AQC Industry Standards and Tools for Qualification of Clinical Service Providers
AQC Member Case Studies
AQC Research Reports and Data
Archive of Recorded Webinars
ICH E6 (R2) Compliance Landscape Map with Links to Risk Management Tools
Inspection Readiness Knowledgebase from Perspective of Agencies and from Member Company Inspection Experiences
Oversight Capability Maturity Model™ (OCMM™)
Patient Engagement Tools and Playbook
Protocol Development Leading Practices and Quality Check List
QbD Principles and Tools
Quality Agreement Template
Quality Metrics and Taxonomy
Quality Oversight Leading Practices for Governance, Technical Oversight, Process Oversight, Communication and Issue Management, Oversight Leadership, Roles and Responsibilities, Metrics and Analytics, and Proactive Risk and Opportunity Management
“I am engaged in the QMF work stream and members of my team are involved with the Metrics and Inspection Readiness work streams. This has afforded me the opportunity to deepen my collaboration with colleagues and to network with others on the key issues facing them in the industry today.”
“The interactions I have had on AQC initiatives has challenged my thinking, inspired me to try different approaches to quality and enabled me to influence the direction of best practices in the selection and oversight of service providers.”
“I have been part of the centralized RFI and Diligent efforts. I have learned a great deal from fellow Member companies and we are able to apply the standards as we are starting the process of looking for an IRT vendor.”
“The Consortium strives to deliver the highest level of quality. This is my 5th year and I keep coming back because there is fabulous material and wonderful people.”
“The AQC is a forum where sponsors, CROs, technology providers, and other companies get a chance to participate on a level where everybody is treated as an equal, everybody is listened to, and we all learn collectively. There are not a lot of forums that provide that in the industry and I find it particularly useful.”
“The AQC brings great value for the money, but it isn’t about the money. The AQC provides the roadmap to quality.”
“The AQC is a great sounding board for the industry pressures and challenges we face and a great place to network and come together collaboratively.”
“The AQC is a wonderful array of interesting, engaged, passionate, thoughtful people coming from all areas of the Clinical Trials ecosystem.”
Join the AQC®
Joining the AQC is easy!
Step 1 – Inquire about membership benefits for your organization.
Step 2 – Execute a simple membership contract.
Step 3 – Get to know the AQC Knowledge Center, webinars, Member meetings, online community, leadership advisory boards, and more!
When your company Membership is complete, you and your colleagues will have immediate access to the AQC Knowledge Center and online community.
To request information on Membership benefits for your company, call or complete the form below:
Executive Director, Client Development
The Avoca Group
+1 (609) 759-2877
AQC News & Events
8th Annual AQC Fall Member Meeting
November 7, 2019 | Seattle, WA
Attendance at the Fall Member Meeting is one of many benefits of Membership of the Avoca Quality Consortium. Participants gain practical knowledge and experience in a casual, interactive learning environment.
August 13, 2019 | 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT
Held the second Tuesday of every month and open to the industry, this Webinar offers a live demonstration of the AQC Knowledge Center. No registration is required.