Clinical Research Organization Beaufort Introduces Quality Oversight Services

Quality oversight of clinical trials gains traction as sponsors are held accountable by the FDA

NORFOLK, Va., July 20, 2011—Clinical research organization (CRO) Beaufort has added quality oversight to its services for clients in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and medical device industries.

Beaufort has been engaged by a Top 20 Global Pharmaceutical Company to conduct quality oversight monitoring (QOM) visits for the company’s clinical trials. The partnership will help the company successfully manage vendor quality and compliance during clinical trials in a uniform, quality-focused, efficient, and effective manner.

“The need for quality oversight monitoring continues to grow,” said John Wilson, Beaufort senior vice president of clinical operations. “Increased scrutiny and enforcement activity from the FDA and other regulatory agencies has heightened awareness among sponsors and CROs of the need to ensure the integrity of clinical research data.”

The Beaufort quality oversight team will provide the pharmaceutical company an understanding of how each of its studies is being conducted by the company’s other CROs. Beaufort will not audit the CROs, but will observe, critically assess and provide objective and unbiased feedback on the respective CRO clinical research associates’ level of knowledge, experience and training for the specified trials. The company can then use those observations to provide feedback to the CRO.

Sponsors of clinical investigations, as well as CROs, have come under increased scrutiny recently from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to ensure proper monitoring of clinical trials. The FDA holds sponsors ultimately responsible and accountable for the quality of work performed on their behalf. Recent FDA BIMO audits have cited numerous diagnostic, drug and device companies for multiple issues such as:

–Failure to follow the protocol

–Failure to keep adequate and accurate records

–Problems with the informed consent form

–Failure to report adverse events

–Failure to account for the disposition of study drugs

“Quality oversight by a niche CRO provides significant advantages over co-monitoring and re-monitoring approaches,” explained Wilson. “It provides an unbiased, third-party assessment of the clinical trial that saves the sponsor valuable time, and it avoids the conflict of interest inherent in utilizing a larger CRO to oversee another’s work.”

About Beaufort

Beaufort is a clinical research organization dedicated to accelerating medical innovation in partnership with its clients in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and medical device industries. The company’s range of highly customizable services includes regulatory strategy and compliance, clinical research, quality assurance, and quality oversight. For more information visit

Date posted: July 20, 2011

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