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Legal, Regulatory, and Practical Issues to Consider When Adopting Decentralized Clinical Trials: Recommendations From the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative

December 20, 2019

Authors: Maria Apostolaros, David Babaian, Amy Corneli, Annemarie Forrest, Gerrit Hamre, Jan Hewett, Laura Podolsky, Vaishali Popat, Penny Randall
Publication: Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science

Advarra Senior Consultant David Babaian, JD, was a co-author for an article appearing in Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science.

Background: Traditional clinical trials are often expensive, inefficient, include selected populations, and can create significant participant burden via travel and other logistical demands. Using new technologies and methodologies to promote a decentralized approach has the potential to improve the efficiency of clinical trials. The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI)—a public–private partnership to improve clinical trials—launched a multi-stakeholder Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCTs) Project to provide recommendations on addressing the actual and perceived legal, regulatory, and practical challenges with DCT design and conduct in the United States.

Methods: Informed by qualitative group interviews and an expert meeting, CTTI engaged stakeholders to identify key challenges to implementing DCTs and possible solutions.

Results: The CTTI DCT project team used the interview findings and expert feedback to develop recommendations that will drive broader use of DCTs.

Conclusions: CTTI’s recommendations cover protocol design, use of telemedicine and mobile healthcare providers, medical product supply chain, investigator delegation and oversight, and safety monitoring considerations. By implementing these recommendations, sponsors, contract research organizations, and others can help advance successful medical product development using mobile technologies and methodologies in DCTs.

All authors are considered equal contributors

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