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Society of Clinical Research Associates-Food and Drug Administration: Food and Drug Administration Clinical Trial Requirements, Regulations, Compliance, and Good Clinical Practice; Public Workshop

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Notice of public workshop.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an educational conference co-sponsored with the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). The public workshop regarding FDA's clinical trial requirements is designed to aid the clinical research professional's understanding of the mission, responsibilities, and authority of FDA and to facilitate interaction with FDA representatives. The program will focus on the relationships among FDA and clinical trial staff, investigators, and institutional review boards (IRB). Individual FDA representatives will discuss the informed consent process and informed consent documents; regulations relating to drugs, devices, and biologics; as well as inspections of clinical investigators, IRB, and research sponsors.

Date and Time: The public workshop will be held on November 5 and 6, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: The public workshop will be held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Hotel, 1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, 407-828-4444.

Attendees are responsible for their own accommodations. Please mention SoCRA to receive the hotel room rate of $95.00 plus applicable taxes (available until October 6, 2014, or until the SoCRA room block is filled).

Contact: C. Stewart Watson, Food and Drug Administration, 555 Winderley Pl., Suite 200, Maitland, FL 32751, 407-475-4756, FAX: 407-475-4768, or Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), 530 West Butler Ave., Suite 109, Chalfont, PA 18914, 800-762-7292 or 215-822-8644, FAX: 215-822-8633, email, Web site:

Registration: The registration fee will cover actual expenses including refreshments, lunch, materials and speaker expenses. Seats are limited; please submit your registration as soon as possible. Workshop space will be filled in order of receipt of registration. Those accepted into the workshop will receive confirmation. The cost of the registration is as follows: SoCRA member—$575; SoCRA nonmember (includes membership)—$650; Federal Government member—$450.00; Federal Government SoCRA nonmember—$525.00; FDA Employee—Fee Waived.

If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact SoCRA (see Contact) at least 21 days in advance.

Extended periods of question and answer and discussion have been included in the program schedule. SoCRA designates this education activity for a maximum of 13.3 continuing education (CE) credits for SoCRA CE and continuing nursing education (CNE). SoCRA designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.3 American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award Category 1 Credit(s).TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Continuing Medical Education for physicians: SoCRA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CNE for nurses: SoCRA is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). ANCC/PSNA Provider Reference Number: 205-3-A-09.

Registration Instructions: To register, please submit a registration form with your name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone, fax number, and email, along with a check or money order payable to “SoCRA”. Mail to: SoCRA (see Contact for address). To register via the Internet, go to​html/​FDA_​Conference.htm. (FDA has verified the Web site addresses throughout this document, but we are not responsible for any subsequent changes to the Web Start Printed Page 61646sites after this document is published in the Federal Register.) Payment by major credit card is accepted (Visa/MasterCard/AMEX only). For more information on the meeting registration, or for questions on the workshop, contact SoCRA (see Contact).

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The public workshop helps fulfill the Department of Health and Human Services' and FDA's important mission to protect the public health. The public workshop will provide those engaged in FDA-regulated (human) clinical trials with information on a number of topics concerning FDA requirements related informed consent, clinical investigation requirements, institutional review board inspections, electronic record requirements, and investigator initiated research Topics for discussion include the following: (1) The Role of the FDA District Office Relative to the Bioresearch Monitoring Program (BIMO); (2) Modernizing FDA's Clinical Trials/BIMO Programs; (3) What FDA Expects in a Pharmaceutical Clinical Trial; (4) Medical Device Aspects of Clinical Research; (5) Adverse Event Reporting—Science, Regulation, Error, and Safety; (6) Working with FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research; (7) Ethical Issues in Subject Enrollment; (8) Keeping Informed and Working Together; (9) FDA Conduct of Clinical Investigator Inspections; (10) Investigator Initiated Research; (11) Meetings with FDA—Why, When, and How; (12) Part 11 Compliance—Electronic Signatures; (13) IRB Regulations and FDA Inspections; (14) Informed Consent Regulations; (15) The Inspection is Over—What Happens Next? Possible FDA Compliance Actions; (16) Question and Answer Session/Panel Discussion.

FDA has made education of the drug and device manufacturing community a high priority to help ensure the quality of FDA-regulated drugs and devices. The public workshop helps to achieve objectives set forth in section 406 of the FDA Modernization Act of 1997 (21 U.S.C. 393), which includes working closely with stakeholders and maximizing the availability and clarity of information to stakeholders and the public. The workshop also is consistent with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), as outreach activities by Government agencies to small businesses.

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Dated: October 7, 2014.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2014-24307 Filed 10-10-14; 8:45 am]