In today’s virtual business world, no organization can do it alone, and as the trend toward outsourcing clinical research continues to grow, those charged with vendor qualification, selection, contracting, and ongoing oversight must be ready to meet these expectations. Accountability for compliance cannot be outsourced, so it goes without saying that a quality systems-based approaches to risk mitigation, and risk management, are effective tools for ensuring successful third party vendor partnerships and critical to the success of all parties involved. The management of clinical trials can be the most expensive and time consuming part of developing a new product. In addition to managing documents, sites, protocols and studies, one of the most crucial elements of handling clinical trials is clinical vendor management. These clinical vendors may include technology vendors, contract research organizations (CROs), product distributors, clinical laboratories, and other third party partners.
The processes and protocols involved in managing clinical trials inevitably change over time and new vendors, suppliers, and other third parties are continually added to the mix. But just like a skilled juggler makes difficult skills look easy, you can flawlessly execute your organization’s clinical vendor management by using the right professional tools. An integrated, comprehensive software solution can help ensure that you never drop the ball when it comes to efficient and thorough clinical vendor management.
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The MasterControl Clinical Quality Management System (CQMS) is a holistic solution designed to manage all of the vendors, documents, tasks, processes, relationships, audits, and training that must be administered and controlled throughout the life of a clinical trial. MasterControl CQMS is a complete solution designed to increase efficiency and reuse of information while streamlining the processes and tasks that must be executed during the length of a clinical trial. The solution incorporates partner management tools that expedite the handling of clinical vendor relationships and the qualification component of clinical vendor management.
MasterControl’s supplier management tool handles all crucial information about the various vendors with which your organization does business. The solution provides a single source for managing information, documents, and interactions with vendors in order to provide an efficient and transparent understanding when selecting a vendor as an extension of the organization. It provides risk-based tools that enable organizations to better select and qualify vendors.
Because transparency into the relationship and capabilities of vendors is essential in clinical trials, the solution gives users a central information repository for essential elements of clinical vendor management such as contact detail, geographic capabilities, study aspect specialization, therapeutic area experience, and many other details.
The system also allows for viewing previously conducted audit reports and findings, in addition to providing the ability to schedule audits of the vendor.
Critical partner-related documents such as correspondence, contracts, agreements, and study documentation are easily accessible as well.
Aside from offering the most comprehensive clinical vendor management software tools on the market, the MasterControl CQMS also provides a long list of additional features and benefits, including:
For additional details about the clinical vendor management system available from MasterControl, please contact a MasterControl representative.