Category Archives: e-records

Is Facebook a Validated System?

Well, of course the answer to the question posed in the title is a clear “No”…. at least as far as the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry understands and interprets validation. So why the question? My eye was drawn to an … Continue reading

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Is it OK to “manipulate” PDFs to improve records management?

This is a question that I hear posed fairly frequently, I guess as a result of organisations managing electronic records rather than – or in addition to – traditional paper records. A typical scenario is an electronic document received into the … Continue reading

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Are Copies as Acceptable as Original Documents?

This is a question that I seem to be hearing with increasing frequency! I think the reason for this is that an increasing number of companies and organizations are introducing electronic document management systems (EDMS). Where there are hard-copy records … Continue reading

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eTMF Vendors – Who Has the Largest Market Share?

This is a question just sent through to us….. which vendor has the largest market share of the eTMF solution vendors? I guess the answer will depend on whether we’re talking about most client licenses/seats or highest volume of sales and whether … Continue reading

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eTMFs from your Contract Research Organization (CRO)

I was recently asked what happens at the end of a clinical project when the CRO managing the study wants to hand over an electronic trial master file (eTMF). The sponsor may not have an existing eTMF to take the … Continue reading

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PDF/A Standard Now Uses PDF v1.7

The International Organisation for Standardisation has just released the second part of its standard for long-term digital preservation of documents, ISO 19005-2:2011. The first part of the standard (ISO 19005-1) was issued in 2005 and describes the file format PDF/A … Continue reading

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Are You Drowning in Email?

Whenever I chat with business colleagues, one of the most common issues that gets raised is that of email management: we’re receiving too much and spend too much time responding. Well, I just came across an “Email Charter” and thought … Continue reading

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