September 20, 2012, Research Triangle Park, N.C. Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), a leading independent institutional review board, today announced the promotion of Yvonne Higgins to Vice President, Quality Management. In addition to her promotion, Higgins has been appointed as CGIRBs Institutional Official. In her new position, Higgins is responsible for ensuring the operations of the company are in compliance with all applicable regulations governing human subjects protection.
In her most recent role as the Director of Quality Management, Ms. Higgins was responsible for overseeing CGIRBs Human Research Protection Program and managing Quality Assurance Compliance.
"The ethics experience Yvonne brings to CGIRBs leadership team serves us well in upholding our mission to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in clinical trials," Dawn Pope, Chief Operating Officer, said. "With Yvonnes guidance, our Quality Management department truly upholds our Quality Policy, which includes a commitment to continual process improvement. Our Quality Management team maintains our ISO quality management system and has an integral role in our Lean Six Sigma initiative two of our most impactful programs. We congratulate Yvonne on her success and look forward to her future contributions."
Ms. Higgins, a Certified IRB Professional (CIP), was as an AAHRPP site
auditor for five years and served a two-year term as an AAHRPP Council Member. In addition to her contributions at AAHRPP, Ms. Higgins is a Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR) member. She has earned several industry honors, including the PRIMR Distinguished Service Award.
About Copernicus Group IRB Experience and innovation in ethical review Copernicus Group IRB, established in July 1996, is a leading U.S. independent institutional review board (IRB) dedicated to ensuring the rights and welfare of research study participants. The IRB provides ethical review of research protocols, investigators, and subject information and consent forms to ensure compliance with federal regulations set forth in 21 CFR, 45 CFR and ICH/GCP Guidelines. CGIRB achieved full AAHRPP accreditation in 2004, reaccreditation in 2007 and 2011, and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2010. For more information please visit http://www.cgirb.com.
About AAHRPP The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs). For more information, visit http://www.aahrpp.org.
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