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SQA Abstract 2 – Building a Better Way

Posted by tjkuhn on October 27, 2009

And here’s the second abstract I submitted. This one is with colleagues from Data Management and Systems Validation (IT). It should be a really good session. Again, fingers crossed.

~TJK

Building a Better Way: The Evolution of eDC/Clinical Database Validation Processes

The power and real-time feedback made possible by implementing “eDC”/eCRF systems makes them indispensable to Clinical Research. However, the Data Management groups that typically own these systems often struggle with the appropriate way to implement and validate them; and then struggle in their attempts to appropriately validate the study-specific databases that they build within them. There are many reasons for this including: cGMP-centric concepts and terminology associated with validation, inflexible/inscalable validation methodologies, Data Management groups often being “semi-technical” in expertise-level, the dual role Data Management has in terms of being both Developers and Users of the system, etc. By partnering with the right resources and using the right tools, a Data Management group can move to a more dynamic validation paradigm with processes that make their validation more meaningful, their testing more robust, and their timelines shorter.

I. From the QA Perspective: This session will identify the challenges encountered in the implementation of eDC, the tools and ad hoc methodologies that were used, the processes that were developed, and the evolving role of QA moving from “a police” role, to a “partner” role, and ultimately to a fully independent role in which QA audits a process in which they are not involved day to day.

II. From the IT Validation Perspective: This session covers the challenges of providing validation services to a GCP-regulated area, the importance of understanding the more dynamic nature of Clinical Research as contrasted to the cGMP/GLP environments with which most Validation Engineers are familiar, methods for evaluating, adapting, and supplementing a vendor’s “canned scripts”, the importance of managing external vendors who are conducting testing on behalf of the Validation Manager.

III. From the Data Management Perspective: This session explores the challenges experienced by a Data Management/Programming group while moving from a “The Vendor builds our trials” model to a “We build our own “eDC” trials. We will share our journey through the frustration of finding that none of the Validation tools/templates that were available met the needs of our DM (and Client) groups, through working with our IT, ClinOps, and QA partners to build the tools we need, through reluctant skepticism regarding timelines, and ultimately to a point where the process is both improving our output and shortening our timelines.

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