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 Questionnaire Version 2020 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. 

eSRA Resources


Published on Thursday, June 15, 2017


Meeting With Interested Parties On Topics Related To E-Source Data/ EDC Tools In Clinical Trials

Representatives from the eClinical Forum participated in the meeting with inspectors and observers in London 12th June to discuss challenges and trends in Clinical Research. The work of the eClinical Forum in the areas of contractual requirements and risk-based software validation was presented…

  • - Industry best practices for contracting of trial-related services within today’s dynamic technology, compliance and stakeholder environment.
  • - Core user requirements for computer system evaluation that is already being leveraged within healthcare and research to provide standardised tools to evaluate risk and to develop risk management and mitigation strategies.



This work has been extensively referenced and is available for download from the downloads page of the website

Discussion allowed the two sides to better understand requirements, current concerns and potential solutions. Further meetings are planned.

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