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).

5 May 2021 0
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eCF Webinar: Connecting Clinical Research and Healthcare: The Vulcan HL7 Accelerator Opportunity

eCF Webinar: Connecting Clinical Research and Healthcare: The Vulcan HL7 Accelerator Opportunity

HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is a standard describing data formats and elements and an application programming interface for exchanging electronic health records. The standard was created by the Health Level Seven International health-care standards organization.  Vulcan is an HL7 FHIR Accelerator that brings together stakeholders from across the translational and clinical research communities in order to bridge existing gaps between clinical care and clinical research, strategically connect industry collaboratives, maximize collective resources, and deliver integrated tools and resources.  HL7 FHIR is the path forward to bridge clinical care and clinical research. A global collaboration between all translational and clinical research stakeholders to co-develop out the standard, it will allow for a reproducible, scalable process for data exchange. The presenters will share not only the conclusions drawn from use cases developed up to this point, but will also provide insight into the future direction and priorities of Vulcan.  

17/11/2021 0
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eCF Webinar:  Best Practice Recommendations for Changing eCOA Data

eCF Webinar:  Best Practice Recommendations for Changing eCOA Data

Historically, each sponsor, contract research organization (CRO), clinical site, and eCOA service provider has handled eCOA data change request (DCR) processes differently, resulting in the possibility for mixed expectations among the stakeholders and inconsistent results.   In the worst-case scenario, there is the risk of findings from inspections and audits, either because control over source records did not reside as expected with the site, or because there was a lack of oversight over eCOA data changes requested by sites and performed by the eCOA service provider.  There is a need for a well-defined, consistent, and balanced process for handling eCOA data change requests in clinical trials.  The objective of this document is to outline best practices that will result in improved data accuracy and integrity, greater transparency amongst the different stakeholders, increased consistency throughout the clinical trials industry, and adherence to the study protocol, good clinical practices (GCP), and government regulations. The approach to eCOA data changes outlined here is focused on patient-reported outcome (PRO) data but can be applied, where appropriate, to all eCOA data, including clinician-reported data and observer-reported data.   

A collaborative team comprised of Critical Path Institute’s ePRO Consortium, PRO Consortium and eClinical Forum have been meeting since early 2020 to discuss this topic and produce a best-practice recommendations paper. They will be sharing their discussions during this webinar. The associated paper is anticipated to be published during 1Q 2022.

07/12/2021 0
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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 

17 June 2021 0
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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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eCF "Birds-of-a-Feather" Round-table Discussions and Technology Showcases 2020 to 2021

eCF "Birds-of-a-Feather" Round-table Discussions and Technology Showcases 2020 to 2021

“Birds-of-a-Feather” Webinars are provided monthly, to get those with similar interests together.  Anyone from an eCF member company (around the globe!) can participate, gratis. All eCF members can suggest a topic and/or lead a discussion.

14 April 2021 0
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Public Release: Electronic Informed Consent Implementation Guide  Practical Considerations  Version 1.0

Public Release: Electronic Informed Consent Implementation Guide Practical Considerations Version 1.0

The EUCROF and eClinical Forum Electronic Informed Consent (eConsent) Joint Task Force are pleased to announce the publication of the eConsent Implementation Guide (version 1). The joint task force was formed in 2019 with a view to look at some of the barriers to adoption of eConsent considering the benefits to stakeholders.

eConsent offers remote electronic options for informing and consenting trial participants of a clinical trial, this being a particularly useful capability especially during the pandemic period when site visits are reduced.

18 March 2021 0
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