Clinical research advances our scientific understanding of diseases and works to find cures for the most elusive of indications. Over the last several years, a trusted group of thought-leaders throughout research and advocacy have identified foundational topics clinical research sites can employ to raise the standards of practice. By becoming certified through this program, Sponsors of clinical research trials are able to immediately identify research sites adhering to these standards and best practices set forth in the certification manual.

These modules are intended to be an educational tool for researchers to adapt best practices in the areas of language, advocacy, community integration, suicide prevention, stigma reduction, and empathy training.

This certification is intended to be a living document. As The STARR Coalition recognizes new areas to be addressed, we will distribute materials accordingly. In addition, we welcome any input and suggestions on ways to help improve the clinical research process.

Why get STARR Certified?

  • Leverage a greater network by engaging in the community and advocacy.
  • Increase subject retention and overall research success by promoting empathy and communication between site staff and patients.
  • Increase site staff’s overall job satisfaction and commitment by encouraging awareness and involvement in the bigger picture.
  • By becoming certified through this program, Sponsors and CRO’s are able to immediately identify research sites adhering to the STARR standards and best practices.

Still have questions? Check out the FAQs HERE.

Site Certification Pre-Assessment

The STARR Site Certification was created to promote empathy and communication between research site staff and patients, caregivers, and advocacy groups, as well as providing ongoing support for best practices around areas identified by the stakeholders of The STARR Coalition.

The first step in the Site Certification
is the Pre-Assessment.
Click here to access the pre-assessment


The STARR Coalition is a resource for you. If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance in any way, please reach out to us.

Luke Kramer, Executive Director
The STARR Coalition