The professionalization of the ‘shoe clerk’


Andrew P. Grieve, Statistical Research and Consulting Centre (IPC 001), Pfizer Global Research and Development, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9NJ, UK.
E-mail: Andy.P.Grieve@Pfizer.Com


Summary.  The address reviews the professionalization of statisticians working in the regulated world of drug development. The need for statisticians to continue to push the boundaries of their professional environment is stressed. It is argued that to maintain the strength and influence of the profession it is neither desirable, nor necessary, to define in a statutory sense access to the profession.