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.
2019 AQC Workstreams:
Provider Qualification Excellence
Risk-Based Quality Management
AQC Member Companies
The Avoca Quality Consortium consists of over 100 Member companies, with more than 8,000 Member representatives.
Benefits of Membership
Unlimited company-wide access to the AQC Knowledge Center, a Member-only online portal filled with resources and leading practice off-the-shelf tools that can be customized to support fit-for-purpose use. Documents are updated to reflect changes in regulations and Member experiences. View the complete catalog of tools.
Access to Aha!, an online community for member-to-member collaboration and where Members can tap into AQC collective intelligence, knowledge, and experience.
Attendance at in-person AQC meetings, regional networking events, and the annual Avoca Summit.
Participation in Leadership Advisory Boards and Expert Groups that align with current AQC initiatives. Representatives benefit from networking, thought leadership, and shaping the direction of current and future workstreams.
Complimentary access to educational Webinars that address key industry topics.
Invitations to join live AQC Knowledge Center demos – for orientation of new users and a refresher for existing users – on available AQC resources, including tutorials and deep dives into subject matter.
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
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 workstream and members of my team are involved with the Metrics and Inspection Readiness workstreams. 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
Webinar: RBQM – The AQC’s Risk-Based Monitoring Framework and Monitoring Plans Consistent with New FDA Draft Guidance
December 11, 2019 | 11:00am-12:00pm EST
RBQM: The AQC’s Risk-Based Monitoring Framework and Monitoring Plans Consistent with New FDA Draft Guidance
December 10, 2019 | 11:00am – 12:00pm EST
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.