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January 7, 2015

Barnett International

Managing Risks in Outsourced Clinical Trials: Practical Approaches and Tools

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

Partnerships with clinical vendors are critical to the success of the trial. Sponsors, as well as vendors who hire other vendors, require both performance and quality oversight. Whether your organization hires different vendors per protocol/program, or you’re in a preferred provider partnership model, you always encounter potential risks. This web seminar will provide a systematic, structured, proactive approach to risk management in outsourced clinical trials. We will discuss the internal and external factors for the organization to identify, assess, manage, and continuously monitor throughout the life of a project and/or partnership (e.g., protocol, investigational plan, regions, sites, vendors, and resources).

January 8, 2015

Barnett International

Monitoring Plan Development

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Eastern

Although monitoring plans are not defined or specifically required by FDA regulations or the ICH Guideline for Good Clinical Practice, both organizations endorse the use of this tool in a Quality Systems management approach to clinical research. The traditional approach to monitoring plan development has relied upon reinforcing SOP-mandated monitoring activities with little focus on project and/or protocol-specific monitoring needs. This web seminar provides participants with concepts and templates to set up a monitoring plan that supports unique project risks and links to valuable data regarding investigative site and Clinical Research Associate (CRA) performance. Suggestions for development of monitoring plans for a risk-based approach to monitoring are also provided in this session.

January 8, 2015

Barnett International

Developing and Negotiating Research Site Clinical Study Budgets and Contracts

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern

Negotiating study contracts and budgets is critical for the future success of the clinical research site. This web seminar provides strategic skills and best practices for contract negotiations and budget development. Learners will also review and practice the art of negotiation.

January 8, 2015

Barnett International

Source Documentation: What is Adequate & Accurate

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern

Lack of adequate and/or accurate source documentation has been noted as a common deficiency in inspection findings of Clinical Investigators. There is significant variability between stakeholder requirements regarding source documentation per study, including sponsor to sponsor, sponsor to site, etc. The creation and use of source document worksheets and the use of the Case Report Form (CRF) as the original source have raised a lot of industry debate. These issues and more regarding adequate and accurate source documentation to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies essential documentation standards will be presented and discussed.

January 9, 2015

Barnett International

Writing Quality SOPs: Guidelines, Tools, and Templates for Easy SOP Creation

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are detailed written instructions that allow one to execute a process uniformly. Many SOPs are not well defined or well written, and actually fall short of providing the details needed for one to complete the process. In fact, many who are assigned the task of creating SOPs lack the basic understanding of what constitutes a well written SOP. Often SOPs appear to be no more than a brief Note to File, leaving gaps in the proper execution of the task delegated. Poorly written SOPs also leave organizations vulnerable in the event of an audit. In this web seminar, FDA Warning Letters will be reviewed to demonstrate the consequences of poorly written SOPs. This course offers guidance to those who recognize they need SOPs, or more detailed SOPs, but do not know how or where to start. Participants will be provided with guidelines and templates that ensure that new and updated SOPs are uniform and user-friendly.

January 12, 2015

Barnett International

Developing Clinical Study Budgets for Sponsors

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern

In an environment where studies are becoming more challenging to execute and taking more resources and time than anticipated, it is key to develop a solid and flexible budget to allow for study execution challenges. In developing a budget it is critical to address all standard line items such as reimbursement for procedures, but how can the oversight and follow-up time be accurately calculated? How does Fair Market Value (FMV) criteria factor into budget development? What questions should be asked to determine additional, unwritten, study expectations? What are some key elements leading to delayed budget negotiation and approval? This web seminar will address the fundamentals of budget development and considerations for ensuring that budgets are developed fairly to ensure that sites are appropriately reimbursed for study expectations.

January 12, 2015

Barnett International

Use of Notes to File in Clinical Trial Essential Documentation

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern

Notes to File (NTF), also known as Memo to File, are commonly used as essential documentation in sponsor and site files. Many times the content of the NTF does not serve the purpose for use or serves no purpose at all. This web seminar will discuss the appropriate and inappropriate uses of NTF, the questions to ask to determine if NTF would be beneficial, and the components of a quality NTF, if being used.

January 12, 2015

Barnett International

Risk-Based Site Monitoring

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern

In the current GCP regulatory climate, risk-based decision making should be supported within the clinical Quality System. A management approach used in many industries where performance is critical under tight timelines for regulated activities, risk-based decision making makes sense for such activities as sponsor monitoring in clinical research. Applying a risk-based approach to the monitoring and site management should be based on a given project’s risk profile. A risk- based approach can address current monitoring practices that are costly and ineffective, and help projects meet financial and compliance goals. This web seminar will present the concepts and case scenarios of risk-based monitoring (RBM).

January 13, 2015

Barnett International

Electronic Medical Records: Approaches for Ensuring Source Document and 21 CFR Part 11 Required Components

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern

Current societal events have influenced the increased use of an electronic medical record (EMR), one being the promotion of a national electronic medical record. More and more research sites are using an EMR for all or part of their case histories for research subjects. The industry has defined the characteristics that source documents in any form must include, and 21 CFR Part 11 includes standards for electronic source data. Challenges in monitoring the original source document have been growing and unaddressed in many situations. The FDA’s final guidance document for 21 CFR Part 11 supports certain characteristics that EMRs should include, but many site electronic records do not meet the requirements. This web seminar will discuss assessment of EMRs, ideal monitoring vs. contingency planning, and risk management.

January 13, 2015

Barnett International

Negotiation Skills for Clinical Research Professionals

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern

The ability to negotiate effectively is a core competency for all clinical research professionals. Yet many people find negotiating to be an intimidating experience. Take this interactive web seminar and dramatically improve your ability to negotiate in any situation. With specific examples and real world case studies drawn from clinical research, you will be able to immediately implement the skills you learn with ease. This web seminar will provide a rich learning experience in implementing negotiation best practices.

January 13, 2015

Barnett International

Trial Master File (TMF) for Sponsors: Set Up and Maintenance

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern

The Trial Master File (TMF) is a collection of the essential documents for a sponsor to record how they have fulfilled their obligations as sponsor for a clinical trial project. This web seminar reviews the sponsor TMF required and additional content for a clinical trial. The activities of set-up, maintenance, and quality control and assurance will be discussed along with common deficiencies and challenges. This course will also include handouts and discussion of the TMF Reference Model.

January 14, 2015

Barnett International

Strategies for Managing Difficult Clinical Research Sites

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern

Many Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) ask: “How do I best handle a difficult site?” In this web seminar the question is addressed through real life case scenarios that deal with the different kinds of “difficult” sites, for example: The overwhelmed site, the unmotivated site, the passive aggressive site, the research naïve site. All of these types of behaviors at sites can lead to poor performance that does not respond to typical CRA action item management. Hear ideas on how to successfully work with the difficult site to promote efficiency and positive study outcomes that include helpful job aids, soft skill coaching, and diagnostic techniques to help improve approaches to interventions and management of the “difficult” site.

January 14, 2015

Barnett International

Strategies for Developing Effective Training and Facilitation Skills in Clinical Research

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

In clinical research, there is an on-going need to conduct training whether it is at the onset of a study, due to a change in staff or new staff, as a result of an amendment, or because of an identified noncompliance issue during a study. If our goal in training is to pass on knowledge and to ask learners to apply that information, we need to consider our approach in how to make this happen. It is important to consider how essential every communication is within research; the information shared can have a huge impact on study timelines, data integrity, and compliance. If information is not internalized by the learner, then the time spent discussing it is a waste and the consequences may be significant. In this web seminar, training and facilitation methodology, skills, and fundamentals will be discussed. We will focus on the practical application and tools needed to ensure that an audience is able to remember and apply the information shared.

January 14 - March 18, 2015

Barnett International

10-Week CRA & CRC Beginner Program

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern

The online 10-Week CRA & CRC Beginner Program provides a comprehensive introduction to clinical research and the job functions of the Clinical Research Associate (CRA) and Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) for drug, biologic, and device trials. This program is geared toward individuals seeking a new career or career change into clinical research, but haven’t decided which job track to pursue. Case studies and industry best practices are presented to emphasize how the learning objectives apply directly to the responsibilities of the CRA and CRC. Upon completion, Barnett will provide resume assistance so that you can position yourself for entry into this market.

January 15, 2015

Barnett International

Warning Letters: Applying Lessons Learned from Misbranding and Adulteration Noncompliance Findings

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern

In this web seminar, we will focus on common themes such as misbranding and adulteration found in warning letters issued by the FDA to pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies. Specifically we will review the concepts of misbranding and adulteration in detail, and provide examples of where compliance issues commonly arise in these areas. We will discuss best practices for responding to warning letters, as well as strategies that can be implemented to help avoid them. Whether you are new to the warning letter experience or you are working on issues in response to one, you will find this web seminar useful.

January 15, 2015

Barnett International

Best Practices for Hosting a Client Audit

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

Hosting a client audit can be a stressful experience for all involved when there is a lack of preparation, communication, and understanding of expectations for the audit. As the audit host, there are ways to gain a sense of control in your work environment while providing the auditor(s) with the best audit experience possible. Meeting their audit needs while reducing unnecessary lost work time and increased stress by the company being audited can be accomplished by way of audit preparation efficiencies. In this web seminar, we will discuss preparation techniques for hosting a client audit including room staging, strategies for responding to audit requests, and the audit follow-up process. During the course, learners will walk thru the process for hosting a client audit, discuss the various roles and responsibilities, as well as review strategies for successful audit results.

January 15 - March 19, 2015

Barnett International

30-Hour Clinical Research Auditing Certification Program

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern

The online 10-Week Clinical Research Auditing Certification Program provides a comprehensive introduction to clinical research and the job function of the Clinical Quality Assurance Auditor for drug, biologic, and device trials. This program is geared toward individuals seeking a new career or transitioning into Good Clinical Practice (GCP) auditing. Case studies and industry best practices are presented to emphasize how the learning objectives apply directly to the responsibilities of the GCP auditor.

January 16, 2015

Barnett International

Case Narrative Writing for Reporting Adverse Events

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

A narrative is a short document that is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to briefly describe the events in the life of a patient. These narratives are required when a patient enrolled in a study, after taking the study medication or approved drugs (post-marketing), has discontinued the study because of an adverse event, had one or more serious adverse events, or died. FDA, EMA, and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) guidance documents call for the submission of a study subject’s experience in narrative form for those who meet these specific criteria. This web seminar will provide a set of guidelines, instructions, and templates for the writing of clinical and post-marketing case narratives for reporting adverse events.

January 20, 2015

Barnett International

Clinical Trial Documentation: Electronic Health Records, Essential Documents, and the Use of Notes to File Workshop

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Maintaining the accuracy and adequacy of clinical trial documentation is both a critical component of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and a challenge in today’s rapidly changing clinical research environment. In this workshop, learners will focus on the regulatory requirements and practical implementation of three key study documentation components: Electronic health records, essential documentation in the site’s study file, and Notes to File (NTFs).

January 20, 2015

Barnett International

Writing and Maintaining the EU CTA (Clinical Trial Authorization)

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern

The Regulatory Affairs department must prepare documents that inform European Regulatory Agencies about the proposed development plan; submit a Clinical Trial Authorization (CTA) to initiate human clinical trials; answer questions about on-going investigations; and construct and submit any updates to the CTA in a concise and informative manner. Regulatory submissions are more than just writing – they encompass strategy, research, writing, organizing and leading a team, compiling, editing, publishing, and tracking of the information. When initiating a global clinical trial program, many moving parts need to be brought into harmony to ensure compliance and that timelines are met. Web seminar attendees will walk away with tools to help plan, write, and manage multiple CTAs with all their differing requirements.

January 21, 2015

Barnett International

Writing Clinical Study Protocols

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern

The basis and success of any drug or device development program is the clinical trial protocol. Clinical trials conducted under an IND or IDE cannot begin without a protocol, and yet there is variability between companies and individuals on how to approach writing this critical document. Clinical trials and entire programs have failed because the protocol was not scientifically sound. Knowing how to effectively research and write a clinical trial protocol is essential to a compound achieving IRB and market approval.

January 21, 2015

Barnett International

Tools for Trainers: Clinical Research Job-Aids and Checklists

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

As adult learners, clinical research professionals are motivated by an understanding of how training interactions directly impact their work lives. The use of job aids and checklists can serve to satisfy this need by providing a resource to someone performing a task exactly when and where they need it. These tools can also serve to reinforce the training as participants return to the workplace, resulting in a greater likelihood that the organization’s performance goals will be met. In some cases, a job aid alone can replace unnecessary training expenses.

January 22, 2015

Barnett International

The IND in a CTD/eCTD Format

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern

The Common Technical Document (CTD) format is now the required format for all marketing applications in the U.S., EU, Japan, Canada, and Australia. Clinical Trial Applications (CTAs), the required format of INDs in most countries, are required to be in the CTD format. Currently, the U.S. does not require INDs to be in the CTD format, but rather the traditional format (per regulations in 21 CRF 312.23). However, since all marketing applications are required in the CTD format, it is more efficient to start the IND in the CTD format. If you use the traditional format, the IND and all amendment information must be converted to the CTD format prior to marketing application submission. This conversion time can impact the timeline for marketing application submission, so why not plan ahead for a successful marketing application and start the IND in the CTD format?

January 22, 2015

Barnett International

Writing Clinical Study Reports for Diagnostic Studies

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Diagnostic studies vary greatly from standard pharma and device studies, and the documents generated for these studies differ accordingly. This web seminar presents the basic tools required to generate Clinical Study Reports (CSRs) for sample collection, accuracy, and reproducibility studies. Participants will learn the elements of each of these CSRs, the guidances to follow for reference, basic skills for understanding the data (i.e., false positives, false negatives, and percent agreement), and other diagnostics output and results, as well as coordination with the 510(k) submission.

January 23, 2015

Barnett International

Data Management Plan Creation: Content and Rationale

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern

A well-designed Data Management Plan (DMP) provides a detailed description of how to handle data under any foreseeable circumstances and establishes processes for how to deal with unplanned issues. The DMP is study specific, is considered a “living document,” and is subject to audit; therefore, it is important to understand the content requirements and rationale for its creation. In this web seminar, we will focus on the importance of the creation of a DMP and the expected content that this document should contain. Attendees will be provided with a sample template for review.

January 23, 2015

Barnett International

Data Management: Key Regulations Impacting the Role of the Clinical Data Manager

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern

In conducting clinical research, there are some specific regulations that directly impact the discipline of Clinical Data Management (CDM). 21 CFR Part 11 includes mandatory regulations that govern clinical trials data. It requires a system in which electronic records and signatures are trustworthy, reliable, and secure; electronic signatures that are equivalent to paper records and handwritten signatures executed on paper; a system that discerns invalid or altered records; and signatures that are linked to an electronic record. The “Guidance for Industry—Computerized Systems Used in Clinical Trials,” builds on the importance of information inclusion when utilizing computerized systems.