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Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees

Guidance for Clinical Trial Sponsors

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This guidance discusses the roles, responsibilities and operating procedures of Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) (also known as Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs) or Data and Safety Monitoring Committees (DSMCs)) that may carry out important aspects of clinical trial monitoring. This guidance is intended to assist clinical trial sponsors in determining when a DMC may be useful for study monitoring, and how such committees should operate. We recognize that in many clinical trials the sponsor delegates some decision-making regarding the design and conduct of the trial to some other entity such as a steering committee (see Section 3.2) or contract research organization (CRO) (see 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 312.3(b)). This document, while pertaining primarily to the sponsor with regard to trial management and decision-making, may also be relevant to any individual or group to whom the sponsor has delegated applicable management responsibilities (see Section 3). This guidance finalizes the draft guidance entitled "Guidance for Clinical Trial Sponsors: On the Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees" dated November 2001.

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