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

EDC Hosting Team Releases Final Documents

Published on Friday, December 16, 2016

EDC Hosting Team Releases Final Documents

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The eCF EDC Hosting Team has released the final White Paper documenting best practices for establishing controls and operational procedures that facilitate compliance with evolving regulatory expectations for Electronic Data Capture in Clinical Trials using Service Providers (e.g. EMA Reflection Paper and ICH GCP Addendum). The eCF has engaged with regulators (including the EMA GCP IWG and FDA) and industry stakeholders in developing the documents.

The White Paper focuses on web/cloud based EDC utilizing service providers and the delivery of hosting or application management services in a manner that prevents exclusive sponsor control over site entered data. The concept of an investigator “zone of control” is described to assist the ongoing governance of data by respective sites. Such control is facilitated via continuous investigator access to data; use of independent third parties (the i3P); an appropriate documentation framework and task delegation/control. The eCF proposal is not mutually exclusive of other methods of meeting regulatory expectations.
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