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Evaluation Instrument for Accreditation

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INTRODUCTION DOMAIN I: ORGANIZATION DOMAIN II: INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD OR ETHICS COMMITTEE DOMAIN III: RESEARCHER AND RESEARCH STAFF TABLES

ELEMENT III.2.A.

ELEMENT III.2.A.: Researchers and research staff are qualified by training and experience for their research roles, including knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, codes, and guidance; relevant professional standards; and the organization’s policies and procedures regarding the protection of research participants.  
Researchers and research staff should be qualified by training and experience for their roles and responsibilities in conducting research so that they follow the protocol and abide by the organization’s policies and procedures. Researchers and research staff should have the knowledge to follow laws, regulations, codes, and guidance such as those concerning IRB or EC review, consent requirements, reporting requirements, maintenance of records, retention of records, and supervision of research conduct. When appropriate, Researchers and research staff should understand and apply relevant professional standards that are applicable to their research.


Regulatory and guidance references


Required written materials

  1. Essential requirements:
    1. Policies and procedures pertaining to Element I.1.D. that address essential requirements. If the same policies and procedures are provided to researchers and research staff, simply reference those documents in the application for this Element. If there are additional materials, such as an Investigator Handbook or Web pages for researchers, that are not included in the materials used to support Element I.1.D, but are in support of Element III.2.A., include them here. 
  2. When following the ICH-GCP (E6) guideline: 
    1. Policies and procedures describe that the researcher and research staff are knowledgeable about the following responsibilities:
    2. The researcher provides evidence of his or her qualifications through up-to-date curriculum vitae or other relevant documentation requested by the sponsor, the IRB or EC, or the regulatory authority.
    3. The researcher is familiar with the appropriate use of the investigational product, as described in the protocol, in the current investigator brochure, in the product information, and in other information sources provided by the sponsor. 
    4. A qualified physician (or dentist, when appropriate), who is a researcher or a co-researcher for the clinical trial, is responsible for all clinical trial-related medical (or dental) decisions (not applicable to independent IRBs or ECs).
    5. During and following a participant’s participation in a clinical trial, the researcher ensures that adequate medical care is provided to a participant for any adverse events, including clinically significant laboratory values, related to the clinical trial (not applicable to independent IRBs or ECs). 
    6. The researcher ensures the accuracy, completeness, legibility, and timeliness of the data reported to the sponsor.

Common types of materials that may be used to meet the element

  • Researcher manual

Outcomes

  • Researchers and research staff are qualified by training and experience for their roles and responsibilities in conducting research.
  • Researchers and research staff know which laws, regulations, codes, and guidance govern their research studies and are knowledgeable about requirements pertaining to specific research studies.  
  • Researchers and research staff are knowledgeable about the organization’s policies and procedures.

Proceed To: ELEMENT III.2.B.