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About rammellel

Records management consultant to the life sciences / pharmaceutical industry

Update: MHRA GCP Guide Now Available in Electronic Format

Further to my posting in September to alert you to the availability of a new guide to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) from the MHRA, this guide is now also available electronically in Kindle format. Please note: it appears that currently … Continue reading

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MHRA Publishes TMF FAQs

The UK MHRA have published a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the topic of Trial Master Files and Archiving. These can be found on the their online forum. Readers who have purchased a copy of the recently published MHRA … Continue reading

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TMF, eTMF, eTMF System…. What is the Difference?

One of the questions that I get asked repeatedly is what exactly is the trial master file (TMF). I represented this graphically a number of years ago, as follows: For quite a while, industry thought that the TMF was just … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Secure Chain of Custody?

The recent news O2/IBM has misplaced a data tape containing unencrypted personal data just emphasises to me the need to have a secure chain of custody for our data and records. This means ensuring that when records are passed from … Continue reading

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Should Clinical Trial Data be Excluded from Data Protection Act Requirements?

Let’s start off the week with a controversional question! A Code of Practice released by the UK Information Commissions Office on 20 November adds an interesting slant to the question. The Code of Practice (Anonymisation: Managing Data Protection Risk) reconfirms that … Continue reading

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Could Investigator Databank Provide a Central Repository for CVs?

Applied Clinical Trials reported this week news that Janssen Research & Development are establishing a global, cross-pharmaceutical Investigator Databank to improve the efficiency of industry-sponsored clinical trials. The Investigator Databank, to be hosted by DrugDev.org, will hold key information about … Continue reading

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How Much Do YOU Know About eTMFs?

We have been maintaining Trial Master Files for many years with increasing levels of consistency and quality since the introduction of Good Clinical Practice guidelines in the 1990’s and more latterly, the publication of European Directives and Regulations that make … Continue reading

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