Event Calendar


FDA Clinical Trial Requirements Regulations, Compliance and GCP Conference


March 25 and 26, 2020 |  San Francisco, CA - Jointly Sponsored with the FDA Pacific Region

Day One - Wednesday

8:00–8:30 - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–8:45 - SOCRA Welcome

8:45–9:15 - FDA Welcome and Opening Comments
Eric Pittman, Program Director BIMO West,  FDA
The speaker will address the mission of FDA and the role of the FDA District Office and the BIMO Program Division relative to the Bioresearch Monitoring Program.

9:15–9:30 - Break (with opportunity for conversations and discussion)

9:30–10:45 - Knock Knock - The FDA Inspection
Eric Pittman, Program Director BIMO West,  FDA
What do you do when a regulatory agency knocks on the door? Turn off the lights? Panic? If you’re prepared, it should be an exercise to ensure that your predesigned systems are working correctly. This presentation will cover FDA Inspections; how to prepare for them and what to do, and expect after the inevitable, ‘Knock, Knock’.

10:45–11:30 - Medical Device Aspects of Clinical Research
Christopher Gioffre, MA, MS, Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Clinical Evaluation and Quality, FDA
Mr. Gioffre will discuss how studies with investigational devices differ from those with drugs and biologics.  These differences can create issues, especially for companies that may have dealt only with pharmaceuticals in the past.  There are some similarities between devices and drugs and biologics.  Device differences include the nature of firms and studies, statutory distinctions, and regulatory distinctions.

11:30–12:30 - What FDA Expects in a Pharmaceutical Clinical Trial
Rachel Skeete, MD, Team Leader, Office of Scientific Investigations, Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA
The regulations regarding clinical trials are clear and published. FDA guidance, policies, and requirements abound. Dr. Skeete will offer a discussion of the FDA’s oversight of the conduct of pharmaceutical clinical research, including trends FDA has found when comparing research with FDA standards for design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials.

12:30–1:30 - Lunch (Provided)

1:30–2:30 - Adverse Event Reporting – Science, Regulation, Error and Safety
John Kessler, PharmD, Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of SecondStory Health; Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy
The science, regulation and assessment of adverse events will be discussed in a context that brings forth the motivations and ethics of human research protections.  The role of system errors and safe medication practices will be discussed. 

2:30–3:15 - Ethical Issues in Subject Enrollment
Joal Hill, JD, MPH, PhD, Director, Research Ethics; Chairman, Institutional Review Board, Advocate Health Care
As applied to human subject studies, the ethical principle of justice underlies responsible participant selection requiring fair distribution in the burdens and benefits of research.  Although some groups have been specifically identified in federal regulations as particularly vulnerable to exploitation in research, subjects who are not members of those groups may also require special consideration because of cognitive, medical, or other deficits.  Dr. Hill will address how the current research climate (e.g., increased industry investment in research, online research, etc.) affects the ethics of subject enrollment and will suggest ways of recognizing and safeguarding susceptibilities of research subjects.

3:15–3:30 - Break

3:30–4:30 Metadata, A Small Thing with BIG Consequences
Eric Pittman, Program Director BIMO West,  FDA

4:30–5:00 - Question and Answer Session / Panel Discussion

Day Two- Thursday

8:00–8:30 - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:15 - FDA Conduct of Clinical Investigator Inspections
LCDR Dustin Abaonza, Investigator, BIMO West, FDA
LCDR Abaonza will explain the responsibilities of the Clinical Investigator including the regulations and guidelines to which the FDA expects the Clinical Investigator to adhere in their participation, review and oversight of clinical investigations.

9:15-10:00 - Investigator Initiated Research
George D’Addamio, PhD, President, PharmConsult, Inc.
The Sponsor/Investigator takes on numerous additional responsibilities including protocol development, assurance of peer review, development and quality assurance related to Data Capture Procedures. They must secure financial and clinical resources, and they have the opportunity for Publication. All of these activities fall under the regulations and are subject to FDA oversight. This session will offer details about the Sponsor/Investigator’s legal responsibilities and insight into the additional activities the Sponsor/Investigator must provide.

10:00-10:15 - Break (with opportunity for conversations and discussion)

10:15-11:00 - Meetings with the FDA—Why, When and How
Lara Akinsanya, Science Policy Analyst, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA
It is of the utmost importance to the research project to assure good communication and timely interactions with the FDA. This speaker will discuss the various types of meetings available to the sponsors/investigators to enhance the communication process with the FDA and offer some practical tips that can greatly facilitate the review process.

11:00 – 12:00 - Part 11 Compliance—Electronic Records
Cheryl Grandinetti, Pharmacologist, Office of Scientific Investigations, Office of Compliance, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA
This session offers discussion of Part 11 compliance, including scope, implementation, and definitions. The regulations in Part 11 establish the criteria under which the agency considers electronic records, handwritten and electronic signatures executed to electronic records to be trustworthy, reliable, and generally equivalent to paper records and handwritten signatures executed on paper.

12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch (Provided)

1:00-2:00 - IRB Regulations and FDA Inspections
Sandra Saniga, Investigator, BIMO West, FDA
During this session, Ms. Saniga will discuss FDA regulations covering the operations of Institutional Review Boards, the procedures used by FDA investigators during inspections of IRBs, the Common Rule, and FDA enforcement options.

2:00 – 2:30- Break (with opportunity for conversation and discussion)

2:30 – 3:30 - Informed Consent Regulations
LCDR Dustin Abaonza, Investigator, BIMO West, FDA
This discussion considers regulations addressing the Informed Consent process and documentation from the investigator’s point of view.

3:30- 4:15 - BIMO Compliance and Enforcement
Eric Pittman, Program Director BIMO West,  FDA
This presentation will cover Fiscal Year 2019 metrics and selected regulatory actions taken by the Agency.

4:15–4:35 - Question and Answer Session / Panel Discussion