The Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency (JTF) is an international team of investigators, educators and clinical research professionals that are committed to providing researchers worldwide, with guidance and tools to ensure the professional competency of all members of the research team. The JTF has developed a framework that defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for conducting safe, ethical and high-quality clinical research.  The wheel diagram of competency domains and specific leveled competency statements pictured on the right can be utilized to define professional roles and performance evaluations, to define education and training requirements, professional certification criteria and continuing professional development needs, as well as to facilitate regulatory compliance, quality improvement and financial status of the clinical research process. 

The JTF Core Competency Framework has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and French.  Additional translations are in progress. 

The most recent version 3.1 (February, 2020) includes competencies which relate to clinical project management and technology-based enhancements to the clinical research enterprise.

Clicking on each domain below will show the specific competency statements which detail the core competencies required at the Basic, Skilled and Expert levels.



To see some of the ways the JTF Core Competency framework is being used around the world, click here.



For recent articles published about the work done by the JTF, click here.



More information specific to the evolution of the framework can be found by clicking here.