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1 FDAs BIMO Inspection Program and IRB Inspections VA IRB Chairs Meeting August 2012 Janet Donnelly RAC, CIP Office of Good Clinical Practice Office of the Commissioner Food and Drug Administration Slide 2 22 Disclaimer The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speaker and is consistent with 21 CFR 10.85 (k) and constitutes an informal communication that represents the presenter's best judgment at this time but does not constitute an advisory opinion, does not necessarily represent the formal position of FDA, and does not bind or otherwise obligate or commit the agency to the views expressed. Slide 3 3 Objectives General Overview of FDAs Bioresearch Monitoring Program (BIMO) Overview of BIMO IRB Inspection Program FDA IRB Inspection Common Findings How to Survive an Inspection Describe What is Expected in Written Responses Discuss Commissioners Enforcement Initiative Preventive Maintenance Suggestions Slide 4 4 Bioresearch Monitoring Program (BIMO) Bioresearch Monitoring Program (BIMO) Program Description A comprehensive program of on-site inspections and data audits designed to monitor all aspects of the conduct and reporting of FDA-regulated research Slide 5 5 BIMO Program Objectives Protect the rights, safety and welfare of subjects involved in FDA-regulated clinical trials Determine the accuracy and reliability of clinical trial data submitted to FDA in support of research or marketing applications Assess compliance with FDAs regulations governing the conduct of clinical trials, including those for informed consent and ethical review Slide 6 6 BIMO Program Inspections Clinical Investigators Sponsor/Monitor/CRO Bioequivalence/Good Laboratory Practice IRB RDRC Slide 7 7 BIMO Program Inspections Covers FDA-regulated products Follow FDA Compliance Program Guidance Manual (CPGMs specific to inspected entity) Number of studies inspected limited by available resources Generally inspect after studies completed FDA shifting more resources to real-time inspections Selecting sites for inspection becoming increasingly more sophisticated Slide 8 8 BIMO Program Inspections Each FDA Center has oversight of inspections of research related to the product(s) it regulates Inspections are usually conducted by ORA field investigators FDA field investigators are NOT specifically assigned to a specific center All field investigators are responsible for conducting inspections for all centers Slide 9 9 BIMO Program - Center Responsibilities Select entities for inspection Issue assignments to Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) Participate on inspection when expertise is required Serve as consultants during inspections Evaluate the results of inspections from a scientific, medical, and regulatory perspective Determine final classification Issue compliance letters Slide 10 10 Potential Inspection Outcomes NAI: No Action Indicated - no objectionable conditions or practices were found during the inspection VAI: Voluntary Action Indicated - objectionable conditions or practices were found during the inspection that represented departures from the regulations OAI: Official Action Indicated the objectionable conditions or practices found during the inspection represented significant departures from the regulations and may require the imposition of administrative/regulatory sanctions Slide 11 11 IRB Inspections Purpose: To determine if IRBs are operating in compliance with FDA regulations and IRB Written Procedures Categories Routine/Surveillance Directed/For-Cause (generally a result of a complaint) Warning Letter Follow-up* (receiving higher priority than in the past) Slide 12 12 IRB Inspections General Inspection Process Pre-announcement Opening Interview Inspection of records FDA investigator typically reviews and copies: IRB Membership Rosters IRB Written Procedures IRB Meeting Minutes Documents related to FDA studies reviewed Closing Meeting/Exit Interview (Issue Form FDA 483 if applicable) Discusses preliminary findings Slide 13 13 Form FDA 483 List of observations made by the FDA investigator during inspection Observations do not represent final Agency determination regarding compliance Slide 14 14 IRB Inspections Post-Inspection Activities FDA investigator prepares Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) with exhibits and recommends classification EIR and exhibits forwarded to the FDA Center that issued the inspection FDA Center reviews material; determines final classification; issues compliance letter Slide 15 15 IRB Inspections If necessary: Lesser Administrative Actions FDA withhold approval of new studies Direct that no new subjects be added to ongoing studies Terminate ongoing studies Notify interested parties of deficiencies (Sponsors, State Agencies, other Federal Agencies) Disqualification Slide 16 16 IRB Compliance Program Guidance Manual (CPGM) 7348.809 Basic how to instructions/inspectional guidelines for FDA investigators for the conduct of IRB inspections Part I Background Part II Implementation Objectives Program Management Instructions Types of Inspections Note: CPGMs for BIMO Program are available on the FDA web site Slide 17 17 CPGM 7348.809 Part III Implementation Operations Reporting Establishment Inspections Prior Notification of Intent to Inspect Refusal to Inspect Subsequent Related Sponsor/Investigator Inspections IRB Registration IRB Membership Meetings Written Procedures Slide 18 18 CPGM 7348.809 Initial IRB Review of Research Continuing IRB Review of Research Adverse Event Reporting IRB Reporting to the Clinical Investigator and the Institution Expedited Review Exception from Informed Consent Informed Consent Pediatric Studies General Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures Slide 19 19 CPGM 7348.809 Central IRBs/Independent IRBs Investigational New Drug (IND) Application/Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Status Part IV Analytical N/A Part V Regulatory/Administrative Strategy Administrative Guidance Regulatory Guidance Examples of violations that may warrant OAI classification Follow-Up Inspections Post-Inspection Information Sharing Slide 20 20 CPGM 7348.809 Part VI References, Attachments, and Program Contacts References Program Contacts Part VII Headquarters Responsibilities Centers Division of Compliance Policy/OE/ORA Division of Compliance Management and Operations/OE/ORA Division of Domestic Field Investigations/ORO Office of Good Clinical Practice, Office of the Commissioner Slide 21 21 CPGM 7348.809 Specific to VA IRB inspections: Per the September 7, 2010 agreement between VA and FDA, and upon written request by the VAs ORO, FDAs Center contacts are authorized to provide ORO redacted copies of FDA-reviewed EIRs and any post-inspection correspondence issued to VA facilities or employees following any inspection (including any 483) Slide 22 22 Slide 23 23 Slide 24 24 Slide 25 25 Slide 26 26 Slide 27 27 Slide 28 28 BIMO IRB Inspections How to Survive Have an IRB member present (preferably the Chair) Ensure records available Have all SOPs/Written Procedures available IRB Membership Rosters (current and past) List of completed and ongoing studies Organized study files with documents reviewed, correspondence to CI, AE reports, progress reports At exit interview dont miss the opportunity to respond to findings/provide written response Slide 29 29 In Summary - IRB Inspections Governed by CPGM 7348.809 Federal requirements are minimum requirements FDA has traditionally viewed IRBs as allies Common goal: To protect the rights and welfare of human subjects We stress compliance through cooperation and education Categories of findings by ORA: NAI VAI OAI IRBs are encouraged to provide written responses to findings Slide 30 30 Potential Problems That Can Lead to Risks for Institution Institution does not invest in the IRB Inadequate training for IRB members and staff Insufficient number of IRB staff Institution has no idea what the IRB is doing or what it is supposed to do IRB is not given sufficient independence IO inappropriately meddles in IRB affairs Slide 31 31 Potential Problems That Can Lead to Risks for Institution IRB does not prepare and maintain adequate documentation of IRB activities Minutes are inadequate Written procedures are inadequate, incomplete or out of date Procedures are okay on paper but not followed Lack of appropriate expertise on IRB Slide 32 32 Example VAI Observations 1.Meeting minutes without sufficient details (attendance, actions) 2.Failure to maintain copies of all research proposals reviewed 3.Failure to maintain list of IRB members 4.Failure to follow written procedures 5.Quorum related issues 6.Subpart D related issues (usually not categorized) 7.Inappropriate use of expedited review 8.Failure to inform IRB of research approved by expedited review Slide 33 33 Example OAI Observations 1. No written procedures 2. ICF consistently lacks required elements 3. Continuing review dates consistently and substantially not met 4. Consistently lack quorum 5. Repeatedly allow conflicted IRB member to vote 6. Repeatedly failed to maintain adequate records 7. Substantially failed to minimize risk 8. Failed to implement promised corrective actions Occasionally: behavior that results in referral to Office of Criminal Investigation (e.g. falsification of records) Slide 34 34 Final Classification VAI vs. OAI considerations include (not limited to): Impact of the IRBs actions on subjects rights, safety and welfare Systemic vs. isolated event Significance Past inspection history Timeliness of continuing review Slide 35 35 Corrective Action Plans and Written Responses Depends upon nature of violation Conduct a root cause analysis Should include description of corrective actions Should include a proposed timeline for corrections Should track well with the observation(s) in 483 or Warning Letter For example: For observation 1 we propose to do the following Whenever possible provide documentation of co


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