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

Published on 05 May 2021

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

Requirements for Regulated Electronic Data in Clinical Trials and the Site eSource-Readiness Assessment

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).This public webinar was given on 28-April-2021 to over 250 registrants worldwide. 

“eCF Requirements” - The eClinical Forum has produced a set of Requirements, which are based upon statements in regulatory documents (FDA, EMA, PMDA, NMPA and ICH) that pertain to the design, development, implementation, and management of electronic systems that support clinical research data. Each Requirement has, as its basis, one or more statements from one or more of these regulatory documents. The eCF Requirements can be used to determine if systems are consistent with regulatory requirements, and if systems and process that manage these data have the necessary features.  This set of requirements is the result of countless hours of discussion among regulatory experts from the eClinical Forum member organizations over the past 10 years. It is updated annually.

“eSRA” – The eClinical Forum’s free Investigator Site self-assessment, of the readiness of their healthcare systems to originate data that could be used in a regulated clinical trial, is based on the eCF Requirements and thus each question is grounded on one or more regulatory document statements.  It is easy to access and easy to use and has been used by thousands of sites around the globe and many pharmaceutical sponsors and CROs since it’s launch in 2015. It is updated annually. A document, specifically geared to answering Sponsor’s implementation questions, has also been updated and recently released.

 

New versions of both the “eCF Requirements” and “eSRA” have just been released at www.eclinicalforum.org. Please see the Downloads tab and the eSRA tab.

 

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