Enrollment when exclusion criteria are not met [GxP / QC / QA]

posted by Ohlbe – France, 2017-10-14 00:21 (1991 d 00:05 ago) – Posting: # 17896
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Dear ElMaestro,

❝ Then FDA write: "(...) you should have received permission from the sponsor before enrolling the subject."

❝ Can someone explain this principle in slow motion to me?

❝ I am not aware ever of exclusion criteria being dismissable by Sponsor's decree.

21CFR312.53 states that
Before permitting an investigator to begin participation in an investigation, the sponsor shall obtain the following: [...]
(vi) A commitment by the investigator that he or she:
(a) Will conduct the study(ies) in accordance with the relevant, current protocol(s) and will only make changes in a protocol after notifying the sponsor, except when necessary to protect the safety, the rights, or welfare of subjects

Strangely, this has been interpreted by a number of US sponsors (and apparently accepted by the FDA) as meaning that investigators could deviate from the protocol with the agreement of the sponsor, without any submission of any kind of amendment to the Ethics Committee and competent authorities. This is often labelled by sponsors as a "protocol waiver".

This is not quite in agreement with section 4.5.1 of ICH GCP, and they seem to have only read the first part of the sentence:
The investigator should not implement any deviation from, or changes of the protocol without agreement by the sponsor and prior review and documented approval/favourable opinion from the IRB/IEC of an amendment, except where necessary to eliminate an immediate hazard(s) to trial subjects, or when the change(s) involves only logistical or administrative aspects of the trial (e.g., change in monitor(s), change of telephone number(s)).

In Europe, the GCP Inspectors Working Group has published a crystal clear opinion on this topic in their Q&A.


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