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The Avoca Quality Consortium (AQC) is a member-based pre-competitive collaborative comprised of clinical operations, quality, and outsourcing professionals from pharma, biotech, CROs, and clinical service providers.

Driving efficiency, increasing quality, and mitigating risk in clinical trial execution through industry collaboration since 2011.

The AQC was founded based on a commitment to have a positive impact on clinical trial execution. 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.

The AQC currently consists of more than 90 Member companies, with over 7,000 Member representatives.

AQC Member Companies

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 Global Summit
  • Fall Members-only Working Session
  • Executive Roundtables
  • Leadership Advisory Boards and Expert Groups
  • Online Community, Aha!
  • Regional Networking Events
  • Educational Webinars
  • 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




Watch a Guided Tour of the Knowledge Center


Member companies receive unlimited user access to the Knowledge Center. To request a demo, complete the form below.



Member Testimonials

“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.”

“Ongoing periodic discussions and meetings have helped us to engage one another and contribute to the end product.”

“The AQC is an excellent forum for networking and for sharing information and is very proactive at involving companies in the activities that they do.”

“The AQC is collaborative. The Consortium values Member input and strives to deliver the highest level of quality. This is my 5th year and I keep coming back because there is some fabulous material here and some really 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.”

“I can’t say what the AQC brings to us in just a couple words. It brings great value for the money, but it isn’t about the money. The AQC, to me, is the ‘pathway towards quality’ or ‘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 the best place to share practices.”

“The AQC is a wonderful array of interesting, engaged, passionate, thoughtful people coming from all areas of the Clinical Trials industry. They are representatives of the entirety of the ecosystem. Whether they are CROs, senior pharma decision-makers, biotech executives, you get to meet really interesting, nice people.”

“The AQC is innovation and best practices.”

“The AQC is an innovative relationship learning platform and continuing to improve how we get our medicines to patients.”

Join the AQC®

Joining the AQC is easy!

Step 1Inquire 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:




Dawn Auerbach

Executive Director, Client Development

The Avoca Group

+1 (609) 759-2877



AQC News & Events

Webinar: Biopharma Pre-competitive Collaboration: Delivering for Clinical Trial Excellence

November 12, 2018 | 11:00am - 12:00pm EST

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7th Annual AQC Fall Member Meeting

October 30, 2018 | Princeton, NJ
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.

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