ACRC’s Glossary & Common Terminology Version 5.0 – Now Available!


Written by Barbara Brown

February 24, 2022

ACRC’s Glossary & Common Terminology Version 5.0 – Now Available!

Stay up-to-date with the ABCs of the clinical health research world with the ACRC’s Glossary!

ACRC’s Glossary & Common Terminology collates definitions of commonly used clinical research acronyms and terms from Health Canada, TCPS 2, FDA and other sources. It also includes Alberta-specific clinical and health research-related terminology which helps us all to speak the same language. The document is co-developed with the help of the Glossary and Common Terminology Working Group.

What’s new in Version 5.0?

  • Addition of 47 new terms and 20 associated acronyms
  • In this version we looked to include terms and acronyms that relate to digitally-enabled technologies, processes and platforms aligning to Health Canada’s Clinical Trial Modernization and the ACRC Strategic Plan III to be released.
  • Examples of new terms include: Adaptive Platform Trials (APT), Biometric Monitoring Technologies (BioMeTs), Electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) and Platform Trials.

The Glossary can be accessed on the ACRC’s website. For more information or to recommend additional terms for Version 5.0 please contact

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