Clinical Research Glossary

Contract Research Organization (CRO) Contract Research Organization (CRO)


A group that is paid by the study sponsor to support research studies.

Example of Contract Research Organization (CRO) in a sentence

A Contract Research Organization helps the sponsor run a study.

More Info

A Contract Research Organization (CRO) can be a commercial, academic, or other group that is contracted by the sponsor to perform one or more research functions.

A CRO works with the study teams and often helps coordinate multiple sites.

Other info to think about when joining a study

When reviewing the consent form, it may say that there is a Contract Research Organization (CRO) involved.

You could ask for more details about what the CRO is doing and what part they play in the study.

You can also ask whether any participant information is shared with the CRO.

Five circles, each containing a human icon with a lanyard around their neck. The 5 circles are connected randomly by red lines. This icon represents the groups in the network that support the conduct of research.
This graphic represents the groups in a research network that are involved in the conduct of research studies.

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