9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern
The Trial Master File is a collection of the essential documents for a sponsor to record how they have fulfilled their obligations for a clinical trial. The Code of Federal Regulations states in 21 CFR 312.50 that, “Sponsors are responsible for… ensuring that the investigation(s) is conducted in accordance with the general investigational plan and protocols contained in the IND.” The European Directive 2005/28/EC states that, “the trial master file shall consist of essential documents, which enable both the conduct of a clinical trial and the quality of the data produced to be evaluated.” ICH GCP, Section 8.1 defines these essential documents as those that individually and collectively permit evaluation of the conduct of a trial and the quality of the data produced. These documents serve to demonstrate the compliance of the investigator, sponsor, and monitor with the standards of GCP and with all applicable regulatory requirements. They are all also eligible for inspection by the regulatory authorities at any time during and after the study is completed and submitted for product approval. This is the same regulation for drugs, biologics and devices. It is, therefore, paramount that these documents are filed in a way to make them immediately accessible for use by the study team and for regulatory inspection. This module will provide some practical solutions to meet these challenges.
Participants will review the content that is required of a Trial Master File for drugs and devices for a clinical trial, and will acquire a practical understanding of how these documents provide evidence for the regulated activities of the investigator and the sponsor.
The activities of set-up, maintenance, and quality assurance will be discussed, as well as common deficiencies and challenges. The need for an effective Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will also be examined.
In today’s regulatory environment, the files must be “audit ready” at all times. Regulatory authorities may contact the sponsor and request a particular document be provided to them for inspection. Therefore, the timely filing and organization of these documents is of utmost importance. There needs to be a consistent system employed such that documents can be located and provided for study team use as well as regulatory inspection in a timely manner.