Copernicus Group IRB a Finalist for AIIM Best Practices Award

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Recognized for paperless transformation

Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB) announced today that it has been named a finalist for the 2011 Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award. This prestigious award was established by AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) to recognize excellence in information management.

Copernicus Group IRB is a finalist in the Small Company category for its transformation into a paperless company, in partnership with Sitrof Technologies and Xerox Corporation's DocuShare® enterprise content management (ECM) software. CGIRB now operates in a paperless environment as it approaches the two year anniversary of its implementation. The paperless endeavor involved a massive legacy document scanning operation, including 1.5 million documents totaling 5 million pages. It also included the transitioning of all inbound paper and internal documents while maintaining FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.

"We are pleased to be a finalist in the AIIM Best Practices Awards," said Bruce Tomason, CEO of CGIRB. "This was a large undertaking but we view it as part of our ongoing commitment to innovation in ethical review. Going paperless has made us a more efficient, green company but most of all, it allows us to better serve our clients."

"The quality of the submissions for the Carl E. Nelson Best Practice Award continues to improve raising the bar on best practices while emphasizing innovation, benefits and lessons learned," said John Mancini, President, AIIM. "Our AIIM Emerging Technology Advisory Group (EmTAG) selected the finalists in each category for the Best Practices Award. Our professional members are determining the winner in each category. Each of the finalists share many valuable lessons learned to help others with their implementations."

AIIM professional members will choose the winner from the finalists. Award winners will be announced at the AIIM Annual Awards Celebration, March 22 at The W Washington, DC, where John Mancini, AIIM's President, will announce the winner.

About Copernicus Group IRB

Experience and innovation in ethical review™

Copernicus Group IRB, established in July 1996, is a leading independent institutional review board ("IRB") dedicated to ensuring the rights and welfare of research study participants. CGIRB 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 and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2010. For more information please visit


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