Global Clinical Trials Playbook

Capacity and Capability Building

Edited by

  • Menghis Bairu, President and CEO, Speranza Therapeutics, Dublin, Ireland and Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Development, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Richard Chin, CEO, Oxigene San Francisco, CA, USA

Pharmaceuticals companies, biotech companies, and CROs, regardless of size, all face the same challenge of managing costs and operational execution associated with bringing a valuable drugs and devices to market. Because of timeline pressures and cost as well as the growing interest in "neglected diseases" and diseases affecting the emerging nations, clinical trials are increasingly conducted in emerging markets and developing countries where infrastructure, leadership, skilled personnel and a governance are at a premium.

Working with academics, regulatory professionals, safety officers, experts from the pharma industry and CROs, the editors have put together this up-to-date, step-by-step guide book to building and enhancing global clinical trial capacity in emerging markets and developing countries.  This book covers the design, conduct, and tools to build and/or enhance human capacity to execute such trials, appealing to individuals in health ministries, pharmaceutical companies, world health organizations, academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are managing global clinical trials. 

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Professionals in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, government, NGOs, contract research organizations and foundations including physicians, regulators, safety officers, clinical coordinators, data managers, and business managers who are planning and executing clinical trials in developing countries.


Book information

  • Published: April 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415787-3


"Contributors mostly from outside of Europe and the US explore various elements required for successfully implementing clinical trials in poor countries that will be used as evidence to license drugs in rich countries."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
"The book brings together a panoply of academics, registration professionals, safety officers and other experts from the pharmaceutical industry and CROs… [and] uses real-life examples to present the tools available to build and enhance human capacity in order to execute clinical trials throughout the world, and is recommended for anybody interested in expanding their knowledge of international clinical trials."--Samedan LTD Pharmaceutical Publishers, Autumn 2012
"Global Clinical Trials: Effective Implementation and Management is probably the most comprehensive book written to date on the topic. In 2008, 97 (80%) of 121 FDA marketing applications for drug and biological products included non-U.S. data, including 10 (8%) with no U.S. data. The book includes contributions from 59 authors, with coverage of many countries engaged in clinical research"--Clinical Research Best Practices
"This is indeed a valuable resource with a broad range of regional experiences in clinical trials and touching a wide array of topics increasing the potential of target readers. I have truly found it quite informative."--Dr. Michael Makanga, Director South-South Cooperation and Head of Africa Office, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), South Africa
"Global Clinical Trials Playbook is a treatise in self-learning, and a must read for researchers in academia, CROs, and NGOs involved in funding and conducting clinical trials. It is a vital reference for those interested in capacity building in clinical research, especially in developing countries."--
Professor S. D. Seth, MD, FAMS, FNASc, FIPS, FCAI, FISCD, Advisor of Clinical Trials Registry - India, National Institute of Medical Statistics, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India
"This is an important book that comprehensively addresses capacity building across the globe. The breadth of the book and the broad array of geographies covered are impressive. This is a major publication that will push the field forward."--
Dr. Dan Zhang, MD, PhD, Chairman & CEO of Fountain Medical Group, Shangai, China
"Dr. Bairu and colleagues have produced the definitive reference guide to undertaking clinical trials around the world. I am sure that the Global Clinical Trials Playbook will instantly become an indispensable resource for funders and organisers of clinical trials who wish to stay up to date with the latest thinking in this fast moving field."--
Dr. Rubin Minhas, M.B.Ch.B, Editor-in-Chief: ‘Clinical Evidence’, ‘Best Practice’ & Clinical Director, BMJ Evidence Centre
"This book covers a broad range of topics important in global clinical trials and will be a welcome and comprehensive resource for professionals who are engaged in clinical trial related capacity building. It is a practical guide to conduct clinical trials in the new and uprising parts of the drug development world including Eastern Europe, Turkey, Singapore, India and China. The book goes hand in hand with global efforts to develop one global training concept for global drug development, the PharmaTrain Project. Learning by reading and doing for improved competency."--Fritz R. Bühler, Coordinator of IMI PharmaTrain, University of Basel, Switzerland Carl C. Peck, University of California San Francisco, UCSF, USA.Both Founders of the European, American and Chinese Courses in Drug Development and Regulatory Sciences

Table of Contents

Section 1: Clinical Trials

1. Introduction
2. Global Clinical Trials: Study Design and Planning
3. Building a Healthy Mechanism for Good Clinical Practice-Compliant Global Trials: African Perspectives
4. Clinical Trial Sites Capabilities: Standard Operating Procedure Implementation in Effective African Models
5. How to Select and Oversee Contract Research Organizations
6. The How-To of Global Clinical Trial Forecasting, Budgeting and Project Management

Section 2: Strengthening and Building Clinical Trial Site Capabilities and Capacity in Developing and Emerging Markets

7. Lessons Learned in India
8. Lessons Learned in China
9. Lessons Learned in Eastern Europe
10. Lessons Learned in Singapore
11. Lessons Learned in Turkey

Section 3: Regulatory Capacity
12. Development of Regulatory Capacity in Monitoring, Oversight, Enforcement, and Approval of Clinical Trials: Taiwan’s Experience as an Example

Section 4: How to Build and Enhance Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management Capacity and Capability
13. Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management

Section 5: Electronic Data Capture
14. Setting up Electronic Data Capture Capabilities

Section 6: Ethics, Human Resources, and Intellectual Property
15. Ethics and International Review Board Capacity Building

Section 7: Quality Assurance and Data Management
16. Clinical Quality Assurance and Data Management

Appendix A - Sample Protocol Template
Appendix B - Sample Informed Consent Form
Appendix C - Sample Case Report Form
Appendix D - Sample Statistical Analysis Plan
Appendix E - Case Report Form Versioning Policy
Appendix F - Checklist for Study Close-out
Appendix G - Financial Disclosure Form