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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lead CRA Q&A: Consenting Subjects Before IMP is On-site

Anonymous commented in... "Pre-Study Visits and Site Initiation Visits":
Post SIV, can a site share the Informed Consent Form (ICF) with pre-identified subjects prior to Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) receipt at the site? -November 26, 2010

NadiaBoBadia responds...

Hi and thanks for your question. In one of my previous trials, all of our sites consented and screened subjects prior to receipt of Investigational Product. First shipment was only triggered after a second qualifying screening visit (4 week screening window with up to 40% screen failure rate).
Investigational Medicinal Product can only
be released to a site once all of the required
regulatory paperwork is in place.

In order to consent, our SOP required that the site be authorized for drug shipment, rather than requiring that drug was actually physically on site. In order to authorize drug shipment the site must have 1) completed the SIV 2) received IRB approval for protocol, ICF, Investigator's Brochure (IB), and all PRO instruments 3) Submitted complete regulatory document package to sponsor (1572, signed/dated w/i 1 year CVs for all personnel on 1572, Financial disclosures, Protocol signature page, IB signature page, etc. (some of this package goes to the FDA before the trial is initiated at the site) 4) fully executed contract and budget 5) written activation letter from sponsor. At that point the sites were allowed to begin distributing ICFs for review and signature.

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