The ESOURCE READINESS ASSESSMENT TOOL (eSRA)

The tool 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 trials.

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 directly from the site's healthcare system, but are 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 and representatives from sites, has produced the "eSource-Readiness Assessment", otherwise known as "eSRA" for sites to perform a self-assessment of their computerized system's ability to be compliant with clinical research regulations.

The eSRA Questionnaire Version 2021 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 Questionnaire, 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.

Sponsors -- We would like to know which sponsors are using eSRA, either a) as a direct download from our site, or b) as a basis for their own site-system assessment questionnaire. Please contact us at eSRA@eClinicalForum.org. Thank you!

Do we keep a list of sites that have completed eSRAs?

We have frequently been asked if we can provide a list of which sites have already completed an eSRA. Due to privacy laws in different countries, eClinical Forum does not keep such a list. We supply the eSRA questionnaire, free of charge, to anyone who wants to use it. We encourage sponsors to keep a list for themselves of which sites they have received a completed eSRA from. We encourage sites to store their completed eSRA in a central location (such as their IT department) so that other groups within the same organization / using the same electronic healthcare system, can use the completed eSRA as a basis to complete their own eSRA.

eSRA Resources

eCF Webinar on "eCF Requirements" and "eSRA" - Recording Available Here

eCF Webinar on "eCF Requirements" and "eSRA" - Recording Available Here

This webinar recording provides the same content as was presented to the FDA CDER Health IT Board on 6-April-2021 – on our 2 free tools: The “eCF Requirements” (Requirements for electronic data for regulated clinical trials) and eSRA (Site eSource-Readiness Assessment).

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eSRA was used in a Japanese research paper on data quality of medical information systems

eSRA was used in a Japanese research paper on data quality of medical information systems

Medical Informatics, a publication of the Japan Society for Medical Informatics, published an article which used eSRA to assess the requirements of the Japan MHLW's "Guideline on security management for medical information systems."

26 August 2021 0
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"When should audit trail begin?"

"When should audit trail begin?"

Several members of the eClinical Forum's Regulatory Advisory Group have published an article in Applied Clinical Trials on "When should audit trail begin?"  It is a discussion of the regulatory history behind audit trails and its interpretation as it relates to clinical research data originating or residing in EDC or eCOA systems.

We welcome feedback! Please send to: REG@eclinicalforum.org 

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Public Release: Audit Trail Review: Key Tool to Ensure Data Integrity Version 1.0

Public Release: Audit Trail Review: Key Tool to Ensure Data Integrity Version 1.0

The Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM) and eClinical Forum (eCF) Joint Task Force are pleased to announce the publication of an industry position paper “AUDIT TRAIL REVIEW: A KEY TOOL TO ENSURE DATA INTEGRITY” final version based on Industry Feedback.  With various electronic data capture modalities becoming the norm and the growing regulatory focus on data collection traceability, audit trails which capture the who, what, when, and why of electronic data entry and amendments are a critical tool.  This paper outlines an industry perspective on maximizing the value of implementing the targeted, routine review of these extremely large datasets. It provides recommendations on risk-based use cases for audit trail review (ATR) and the corresponding desired reporting criteria, with suggestions on when to use visualizations and exception report listings to generate key, actionable insights.

20 April 2021 0
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eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Questionnaire

eSRA (eSource Readiness Assessment) Handbook and Assessment Questionnaire

Version 2021

This is the ONE FILE that you need to perform an eSRA Assessment.

15 March 2021 0
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Implementing eSRA: Sponsor Perspective

Implementing eSRA: Sponsor Perspective

How to assess site's systems for appropriateness of collecting data for regulated clinical research. (Version 2021)

15 March 2021 0
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JAPANESE TRANSLATION of eSRA Handbook and Webinar

JAPANESE TRANSLATION of eSRA Handbook and Webinar

This is the 2021JP1 version.

14 March 2021 0
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eClinical Forum announces Public Release of "Requirements for Electronic Data for Regulated Clinical Trials"

eClinical Forum announces Public Release of "Requirements for Electronic Data for Regulated Clinical Trials"

The eClinical Forum is happy to announce the Public release of the “eCF Requirements V2019PR”.

ABOUT THE ECF REQUIREMENTSThe eClinical Forum has produced a set of Requirements, which are based upon statements in regulatory documents that pertain to the design, development, implementation, and management of electronic systems that support clinical research data as well as those statements that pertain to the handling of data that will be used in a regulated clinical trial.  We have reviewed regulatory documents from the FDA, EMA, PMDA, and ICH to produce this set of requirements. Each Requirement has as its basis one or more statements from one or more of these regulatory documents. The Requirements can be used to determine if systems that data which will become part of a regulated clinical trial are consistent with regulatory requirements and if systems and process that manage these data have the necessary features.

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