The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) Trial Summary dataset has become increasingly useful to reviewers. The Trial Summary (TS) dataset allows the sponsor to submit a high-level overview of the trial in a structured format. Each record in the Trial Summary dataset contains the value of a parameter, a characteristic of the trial. For example, a Trial Summary dataset is used to record basic information about the study such as trial phase, protocol title, and trial objectives. The Trial Summary dataset contains information about the planned and actual trial characteristics.
Not using electronic signatures to sign Forms FDA 356h or 1571? That’s okay, but you will need to know how to avoid validation errors on scanned FDA forms.
In December 2014, the US FDA published a binding guidance document, Guidance for Industry – Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format – Standardized Study Data, that establishes a requirement for submitting study data (clinical and non-clinical) in electronic format conforming to CDISC standards. After the publication of this guidance, all studies with a start date 24 months after the publication date (December 2014) must use the appropriate FDA-supported standards, formats, and terminologies specified in the Catalog for NDA, ANDA, and certain BLA submissions. Study data contained in certain IND submissions must use the specified formats for electronic submission in studies with a start date 36 months after the publication of this guidance.
These requirements pertain to submission of clinical and non-clinical data for studies initiated after December 17, 2016 if you’re filing NDAs, BLAs, and ANDAs. For commercial INDs, the requirement starts after December 17, 2017. In the event an original submission was filed before the requirements went into effect, subsequent submissions (amendments, supplements, and reports) to these types of applications still must meet the requirements.
In recent weeks, sponsors filing eCTD submissions to FDA have reported instances of Refuse to Receive (RTR) notifications for failure to provide a fillable Form 3674. These actions indicate that the Agency is stepping up enforcement in this area as it aims to process even more submissions automatically. Using industry presentations and guidance documents, FDA has previously stated that sponsors “must” include fillable forms. The Agency has also made it clear that scanned images of FDA forms “will not be accepted.” Based on the information made public by FDA to date and the experience of sponsors in recent months, the most logical strategy moving forward is to provide a fillable form where one is available.