Phu Yen, as known as the land of yellow flowers on green grass, welcomed SmartResearch family with cool weather full of sunlight and winds on 4th Jan 2019. All members were together on the bus from Tuy Hoa airport to Cendeluxe Hotel – Til the big family from two different areas of the country gathered, our 3-day happiness journey was really set out.

In the first morning, our teambuilding meeting was held in a dignified hall of Cendeluxe Hotel. The meeting brought up the precious opportunities for not only the experience sharing in regard to CRA’s obligations but also the 2-way connection in the company from the point of management. Dr. Tuan Ngo, Medical Director of SMART Research Corp., represented the Director Board to open the meeting, followed by Smart CRAs’ presentations to share their hands-on experience and clear up all relevant queries raised. Firstly, CRA Tran Cao shared his own experience obtained in operating workshops in hospitals. Then, CRA Phuong Nguyen delivered a useful presentation detailing preparations for incoming Sponsor audit. In the following sharing, CRA Thao Pham and Liem Nguyen worked on ISO-a procedure system has been launched and being built by Smart QA. In the clinical research field, the co-operation between CRAs and SCs remains everlasting matter with which was concerned in CRA Nhu Vo’s presentation. He also covered  some tactics to get the equilibrium in such relationship. Working in the on-field studies obviously requires particular skills to be able to work in specifically indigenous places. The relevant hands-on experiences were shared by CRA Duy Vu on Start-up and monitoring in malaria study conducted in Tay Nguyen-the high land area in the central of Vietnam. Finally, a mini teamwork exercise was hosted by CRA Truc Huynh in finding flaws on study documents which is an extremely essential skill for any CRAs to ensure the accuracy and completeness of data. The meeting ended up with blissfulness, the intriguing parts of the journey were waiting in Sala Hotel located nearby Tuy Hoa beach.


The series of teamwork activities occurred on consecutive three days tying the relationship between colleagues from different areas with different dialects but the same sanctuary-in clinical study field to speak our common voice. The Smart football championship was held on the beach with the result coming down to the wire after loads of nerve-racking penalties. At that ‘opened stadium’, we were pumped up to join in a whole host of active games, calling for our competitive as well as cooperative mindset. All the stress was released, all the molds that we jammed ourselves into at work were thrown off, we were one in a picture with the most cheery smiles.

the next evening, the Gala Dinner taken place in CendeLux Hotel once again brought up all Smart family members together with nearly 20 auditions, demonstrating that music powerfully bridges any soul.

We freely spent the last day in Phu Yen on a tour to several allure destinations such as Dai Lanh cape where to pick the first sunrise on land in the country, Yen island with picturesque views of unspoiled nature.

On the way to Tuy Hoa airport, everyone quietly starred Phu Yen city from the corners to the hospitable people before coming back. We couldn’t bring the beautiful long sand or immense blue sky back to our cities, however, all unforgettable memories when we were together in this charming place are eternally kept in our minds.

Tra Bui (CRA)

On 03 Nov 2018 Administration of Science Technology and Training – MOH cooperated with National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research in holding the closing conference of the activities of Reviewing Board in Biomedical Research of the 2012-2017 tenure and the directions, tasks of National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research of the 2018-2023 tenure.

On 03 Nov 2018, at The Reed Hotel located in Ninh Binh City, Administration of Science Technology and Training – Ministry of Health cooperated with National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research in holding the closing conference of the activities of Reviewing Board in Biomedical Research of the 2012-2017 tenure and the directions, tasks of National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research of the 2018-2023 tenure.


The conference was attended by the Executive Board of Administration of Science Technology and Training – Ministry of Health, the members of National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research, the representatives of Hospitals, Institute’s, Pharmaceutical companies and Contract Research Organizations.


In this event, Administration of Science Technology and Training – Ministry of Health promulgated, explained and instructed the Circular No. 45/2017/TT-BYT dated 16 Nov 2017 on the establishment, functions, tasks, powers of National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research; at the same time, ASTT also promulgated the Circular No. 29/TT-BYT dated 29 Oct 2018 on regulating Clinical Trials.

For the full text of  the Circular No. 29/TT-BYT dated 29 Oct 2018 on regulating Clinical Trials, please refer the link below:




At the point of time in the mid autumn, Hanoi, the ancient capital, immersed into condensed fair sunlight and cool breeze meanwhile Ho Chi Minh city was still in the hectic and busy pace of life under the heat spell, all members of SMART family from two distinct regions of the country were pumped up for the team building event taken place during the morning of 21st Sept 2018.

Prior to the meeting, all preparations were ensured carefully to be done within one week from meeting room, content, invitation, camera and other things in order to give the priceless moments for everyone when we are together.

In the team building day, the connecting line was set up between Novotel Sai Gon Hotel and Thang Long Opera Hotel to livestream the meeting simultaneously occurring in both locations. Initially, the Director Board had the first introduction and stated the meeting rationale in the formal settings, followed by the presentations of CRAs (Clinical Research Associate) who had been working for many years in clinical trials field.

Being fundamentally different from active and restless out-door activities, the event was highly appreciated due to the accumulated hands-on experience shared and precious advice enthusiastically given. Firstly, Dr Tuan Ngo, Medical Director of SMART Research Corp., had a consentive presentation giving an overview of Clinical Research in Vietnam. Then, the presentation regarding  study submission was given by Ms Truc Huynh, a CRA working in SMART Research Corp. for more than 6 years. In the next part, Mrs Huong Tran shared her experience in communication with relevant departments and administrations within Ministry of Health and Local Ethics Committees in particular, acquired during her long time working as a senior CTA (Clinical Trial Assistant). Needless to say, Clinical Study covers various procedures that arise the need of third party vendor’s involvement. The rule of engagement for third party vendor was delivered by Mrs  Xuan Tran, working in SMART Research in the role of a Clinical Project Manager.

It is undeniable that CRA is really a demanding job due to the coordination with various important parties and individuals. That is the reason why we find it crucial to know how to work with other staffs and sites which was shared by a senior CRA, Ms Huyen Le based on her experience. Being overloaded with work, a CRA faces up to deadlines on the regular basis that huddles oneself beyond task accomplishment in a timely manner as well as the life balance. Dr. Nguyet Tran,  General Manager of SMART Company, had such an informative sharing about Eisenhower Matrix and Planning offering an effective way for time management and work-outcome improvement. Any question raised after either sharing all boils down to the passion of individuals in SMART family for study field which has just been introduced into Vietnam for roughly a decade. In the subsequent part, the atmosphere was completely changed with personal introductions, an ice-breaker that once again brought us together. Loving smile was the only thing that could tell more than words. Finally, the meeting ended up with photos taken to keep our memorable moments and a cozy meal in a big family.

SMART Research staffs  did have a great day with experience exchange, and the opportunity bringing all members together. After all, the event fosters our proudness towards SMART Research as the young company (established in 2011) with significant expansion to become the CRO employing the largest number of staffs (40 employees, including 21 CRAs) in Vietnam.  The Company offers the supportive working environment in which every individual is encouraged to reach the better version of himself. Regarding to the sustainable development, SMART Research gradually asserts its position in Clinical Trial field of Vietnam and international market. After all, our slogan is appealed obviously than ever in the team building event: TOGETHER, WE CAN BE SMARTER.