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Giving Thanks to Gary Chadwick: The Driving Force Behind the Establishment of the CIP Credential

by Susan Delano, CIP, Deputy Managing Director at Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., and Member of the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals

At the end of the year, my friend and colleague Gary Chadwick, PharmD, MPH, CIP, will step down from the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP). As many of you may know, Gary was the driving force behind the successful establishment of the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential. Since its creation in 1999, the credential has achieved national recognition and many institutions and independent IRBs now require their IRB administrators to hold the certification. The CIP  credential provides a way for individuals to demonstrate their advanced knowledge of IRB administration and opens up opportunities for advancement. Over the years, we have also heard from many CIPs about the indirect benefits of learning from other credential holders and from the creation of a professional community. The successful establishment of the CIP program is emblematic of Gary and his many contributions to the human subjects protections field.

In the late 1990s the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA), the former membership division of PRIM&R, became increasingly aware of growing demands on IRB administrators and observed a need to professionalize IRBs and their staff.  To address these issues, ARENA sought to establish a certification program for IRB professionals, a project on which Gary took the lead. In 1999, Gary contacted a group of lucky individuals to ask them to participate in a planning meeting to explore the development of the credential.

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