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The eSource Readiness Assessment Tool (eSRA) contains questions based on regulations and regulatory agency guidelines for clinical research data sources and should be used to evaluate the suitability of an Investigator Site computerized system to provide data for clinical research.

Clinical research draws on a combination of data collected during a clinical trial and historical medical information relating to the research subject(s).  Many of the data points needed for clinical research are originating in Electronic Health Record Systems, making them “eSource” for clinical research.  Even if these data points are not used in their electronic state for clinical research, but are printed from the electronic health records and then re-entered into a Sponsor's system for a clinical trial, the source of the information (the healthcare system) must still be confirmed as compliant with standards set forth in clinical research regulations and applicable guidance documents.

An eClinical Forum team, comprised of CRAs and Data Managers from different clinical research sponsor organizations and CROs, has produced the "eSource-Readiness Assessment", otherwise known as "eSRA" for sites to perform a self-assessment of their computerized systems ability to be compliant with clinical research regulations. 

                      The eSRA Template Version 2019 can be downloaded as part of the eSRA Handbook below. 

Stay Current!!  As new regulations are released or updated, the eClinical Forum will evaluate if the eSRA questions should be updated. To be notified of future releases of the eSRA Template, please send an email to eSRA@eClinicalForum.org. Your email address will not be used for purposes other than to inform you of updates to eSRA. 

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eClinical Forum releases eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) V2019

eClinical Forum releases eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA) V2019

Investigator Site self-assessment of their healthcare systems against clinical research regulations and guidance

We are happy to announce an updated release of the eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Form. This 2019 version is an update, based on updates to FDA, EMA, PMDA and ICH regulatory documents. We encourage all Sponsors to use this assessment to assist in determining if data that originated in an investigator site system is suitable for inclusion in a clinical trial. We encourage all Investigator Sites to use this assessment tool and provide the resulting report to all Sponsors they are working with, thus avoiding the need to complete different assessments for each Sponsor. Full details of what this valuable tool provides can be found in the eSRA Handbook.

Click on the tab in the top-right of this website (www.eclinicalforum.org) "eSource Readiness Assessment (eSRA)".

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Applied Clinical Trial's article on eCFs eSource-Readiness Assessment (eSRA)

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