The categorization of researchers in Minciencias, a problem to solve.


The categorization of researchers in Minciencias, a problem to solve.

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Reflection from Bulletin number 7 of ACIC (Download) PDF

The categorization of researchers in Minciencias, a problem to solve.

By mic 

For a long time, research centers in Colombia have worked hard and constantly to obtain and maintain a place in the clinical trials market, however, it has not been an easy task.

From the most recent Bulletin of the Colombian Association of Clinical Research Centers ACIC, we highlight the three key points for strengthening public policy regarding Clinical Research Centers.

However, we at mic, reflect and add something else, a comment about the two most critical problems that do not allow a better public policy for CICs in our country.

Two problems:

  • Limited accompaniment and recognition received from government and scientific entities at the national level, as is the case of Minciencias.
  • In its process of categorizing researchers, the extensive experience of many of them in other fields of research, particularly clinical research for registration purposes, is not recognized.


Thus, their effort, responsibility and great contribution to science and the Colombian economy are unknown.

The three key points.

Giving scope to the above and making use of the faculties that experience in the area gives us, as a research center we want to highlight 3 of the 5 key points of the public policy of “strengthening capacities in R&D&i” mentioned in Article. (Link)

  1. Capacity building for the training of specialized human talent.

The training of human talent in research stands out as one of the main shortcomings at the country level given the low offer of higher education programs aimed at this field of action, it is notorious the limited number of professionals with management of the subject, highlighting that their knowledge was acquired from what could be called “the trial/error method”, for this reason this point should be aimed at impacting in the first instance the personnel who are currently in active practice within the research centers and to intervene through of public and educational policies the curriculum of the higher education programs offered for personnel in the health area, including in these subjects that allow the professional to acquire knowledge and skills to perform in this environment.

  1. Capacity building for the generation of governance and regulatory frameworks in clinical research.

Research centers in Colombia urgently need policies and regulations that, in addition to guaranteeing ethical and quality conditions for conducting clinical trials, allow them to compete against other countries with a decrease in regulatory times, recruitment rates and strategies that strengthen the technical-scientific capacities of the institutions, favoring the competitiveness and productivity of the research centers.

  1. Capacity building for the generation of strategic alliances.

The generation of strategic alliances for the development of clinical trials is of vital importance to strengthen the support networks between providers, that is, through the provision of services, the development of activities aimed at the execution of research studies is fully complemented. clinic.

One of the most valuable strategic alliances in clinical research would be the one established between the centers and the national government, the latter being responsible for providing economic support and greater recognition of the work of the different actors in the system.

The invitation:

Consequently, there is an urgent need to create scenarios that allow the active participation of government and scientific entities at the national level, in the creation of strategies that make Colombia a benchmark for clinical research.

The course of Good Practices.

The mic clinical research center is affiliated with the Colombian Association of Clinical Research Centers ACIC, our main researcher Dora Inés Molina, is a former president of the association and a permanent collaborator.

In association with ACIC, IPS mic and its Research Center created the Virtual Course on Good Clinical Practices, which can currently be taken on the association’s website.

Duration: (8 hours) 100% Virtual.

We recommend you take it, here you can sign up:

Link Virtual Course Good Clinical Practices

Gracias !

They collaborated for the content curation of this article:

Juliana Soto Gómez  / Ana Flórez Gutierrez / Prof. Dra. Dora inés Molina 

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