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 2012.
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
Leadership Advisory Boards and Expert Groups
Online Community, Aha!
Regional Networking Events
Monthly Open Webinars
The Diligent® Qualification Platform, a single source for identifying and evaluating Clinical Service Providers
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
AQC Knowledge Center Activity Over the 12-Month Period from January-December 2017:
Overall Satisfaction with AQC Tools/Resources is Consistent and High*
In a September 2016 AQC survey, Members were asked, “How satisfied are you with the documents and tools available to you as a Member of the Consortium?” Ninety-two percent of users report being satisfied with the tools provided by the Consortium.
*2016 AQC Member Pulse Survey, September 2016
“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 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
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.
August 14, 2018 | 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.