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The eClinical Forum is happy to announce the public release of a position paper titled “Decentralized TMF Archives and The Decommissioning Of Computerised Systems Used In Clinical Trials”. This position paper was written by a joint task force from EUCROF and the eClinical Forum, with representatives from other industry associations including ECRIN, the ePRO consortium, Medicines for Europe and the RQA.
ABOUT THE POSITION PAPER: Following the completion of a clinical trial, the essential documents that make up the TMF (Trial Master File) are retained and archived by the sponsor, the investigator and, in some cases, sub-contractors to the sponsor and/or investigator. Many of the computerised systems used during a trial are only used during the active data collection stage of the trial, which is often a shorter period of time than the retention period required for the archiving of the essential documents of the trial.
The position paper discusses the needs and proposed practical directions for archiving of clinical research. The task force has included representatives the pharmaceutical industry, investigator and institution sites, contract research organisations and vendors of computerised systems to the clinical trial industry. The paper highlights 11 key positions: seven positions concerning the archiving of the TMF and four positions concerning the archiving of the electronic data. These positions address areas where regulatory expectations are not always seen as being aligned with industry practices.
The position paper is the product of unparalleled knowledge and experience, and nearly three years of continuous efforts by the EUCROF and eClinical Forum Joint Task Force on Archiving and Decommissioning.
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eCF Webinar: Trial Master File Archiving and the Decommissioning of Computerised Systems Used in Clinical Trials.
We will be discussing a recent eCF/EUCROF positions paper:
The full history of a clinical trial describes the conduct of the trial and the quality of the data produced. Changes in technology and the evolution of regulatory expectations on electronic systems over the past two decades have resulted in a situation where additional supplementary documentation is needed to reconstruct some clinical trial activities. Many of the computerised systems used during a trial are only used during the active trial data collection stage. This period of use is shorter than the retention period required for the archiving of the essential documents of the trial. Furthermore, the documentation that makes up this history is distributed between sponsor, investigators and vendors. Data is stored locally, in the cloud, on patient devices, at vendors, and sub-vendors. Where the data is archived (sponsor, investigator, vendor), in what format (kept live or static), and for how long are issues discussed in the position paper. You can download the position paper here: Position Paper: Trial Master File Archiving and the Decommissioning of Computerised Systems Used in Clinical Trials, PR1 (eclinicalforum.org)
eCF Round-table: Electronic Investigator Site Files (eISF)
This is a round-table discussion. Participants are encouraged to share experiences, make comments, ask questions, and contribute to the discussion. We will be discussing challenges Sponsor companies are having evaluating, monitoring and documenting a site’s eISF, and to share best practices, challenges, and ideas.
Facilitators: Ronit Elstein (Pfizer, US) Martijn Griep (Janssen, Belgium)
eCF Technology Showcase: Veeva CDB - Creating a Foundation for Digital Trial Data / Decentralized Trials
Conducting decentralized trials is an important pathway to improving patient centricity, yet they create painful data management challenges that increase costs and delay access to reliable data. As companies move toward digital trials, the number and variety of data sources grows, and visibility into your data declines. Most modern trial designs, including adaptive trials, need interim analyses which require timely access to reliable data. In this technology showcase, Veeva will share their clinical database, Veeva CDB, and demonstrate how it produces a complete and concurrent view of the clinical data. Decentralized trials run better with centralized data management that can speed database locks and support better decision-making during study conduct.
eCF Technology Showcase sessions have been requested by eCF members to provide a demonstration of products or services, and by necessity are not technology or vendor neutral. The eClinical Forum does not promote nor endorse any particular technology vendors.