Kantar, the world’s leading data-driven analytics and brand consulting company, today announces it has achieved ISO 20252 re-certification globally for healthcare market research and panel management. The certification is a key competitive advantage for Kantar as a supplier of primary research in the medical sector.
CIRQ, a subsidiary of the Insights Association, awarded the certification, which establishes globally recognised terms, definitions and service requirements for project management in research organisations. Processes outlined in ISO 20252 are designed to produce transparent, consistent, well-documented and error-free methods of conducting and managing research projects. The certification covers Kantar’s:
- Full-service healthcare primary and secondary market research, and qualitative and quantitative methodologies
- Wholly-owned and proprietary healthcare professionals panel, All Global Circle.
Accreditation assures research agencies and consultancies of Kantar’s exceptional standards in data and service quality. This is paramount in healthcare research where there are often strict legal, ethical and compliance requirements. It is also vital for those ISO-accredited clients who seek partner organisations that uphold the same rigorous standards. Additionally, accreditation ensures Kantar can work directly and indirectly with those pharmaceutical and public bodies that only appoint agencies with ISO accreditation.
Commenting on the achievement, Jennifer Carrea, Managing Director, Americas and Global Health, Profiles Division, said: “Our healthcare teams have gone through an extensive auditing process and have been praised by CIRQ’s auditors for our strong project and systems knowledge, record keeping, research management and use of technology to improve our processes. All Global Circle – our healthcare professionals panel - has the highest standard in validation. We have multiple checkpoints along the registration journey that include validating their specialty, location, and expertise in their field. The auditors acknowledged these high standards and praised the team for its diligence and providing high-quality panel services to our clients.”