Article | December 19, 2023

Creating Quality By Committing To Compliance In Clinical Research

Source: Pro-ficiency

By Robin Newman

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In the meticulously regulated realm of clinical research, compliance often appears as a cumbersome checkbox on a regulatory to-do list, viewed with a mix of annoyance and as a costly endeavor. The financial and staff-time investments required for compliance, especially at the study's inception, can be substantial. However, strategically establishing robust compliance systems from the outset can yield significant dividends. This proactive approach serves to eliminate operational "noise"—potential glitches within systems—facilitating swift identification of issues related to investigational products or systemic concerns.

At its core, compliance involves adhering to a set of standards or regulations. In clinical research, this spans performance and safety standards, forming the bedrock for creating a minimally viable product. Given the intricate web of stakeholders in clinical research, including drug and device sponsors, IRBs, and research sites, each party bears unique compliance responsibilities. Sponsors must align with GMPs/QSR requirements and regulatory mandates, while research sites navigate guidelines from IRBs, adhere to ethical standards, meet grant-specific requirements, and uphold internal policies.

Meeting these diverse requirements ensures that clinical trials operate optimally, achieve defined endpoints, and deliver investigational treatments safely, thereby safeguarding patient well-being. Learn why a front-loaded investment in compliance can be instrumental in sustaining the integrity of the research process.

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