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

Published on 01 March 2021

Regulatory documents used as a basis for the eClinical Forum eSource Readiness Assessment (eSRA)

Release 2021

Regulatory documents used as a basis for the eClinical Forum eSource Readiness Assessment (eSRA)

eCF eSRA Release 2021 is based on regulatory documents from FDA (USA), EMA (European Union), PMDA (Japan), CMPS (China), MHRA (UK) and ICH (International). The eClinical Forum will continue to monitor new releases and updates of regulatory documents from these agencies to determine if the eSRA template questions should be updated.

Disclaimer:The information presented in these works draws upon the combined understanding and knowledge of the eClinical Forum and is provided as an aid to understanding the environment for electronic clinical research. The opinions of the author(s) and the eClinical Forum do not necessarily reflect the position of individual companies.The content is unconfirmed and users should assess the content and opinions in the light of their own knowledge, needs and experience as well as interpretation of relevant guidance and regulations.

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