On behalf of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH), the ICH E6 Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Expert Working Group (EWG) held a free public web conference to provide an update on the progress to revise this important and impactful guideline. This web conference was convened by the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI).
The EWG held two similar meetings on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (8-11 a.m. EDT) and Wednesday, May 19, 2021 (6-9 pm JST) to reach a broad global audience across time zones. As you will note on the agenda, the same topics were presented each day with speakers from different regions to represent the global effort. All information and presentations was provided in English.
Recorded presentations of the public web conferences are available above.
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ICH E6 GCP is the international ethical, scientific, and quality standard for the conduct of clinical trials for the development of new drugs and biologics involving human participants that are intended to support regulatory applications. Due to the wide impact of this important guideline, the ICH Management Committee is taking this unique step to provide a status update on the revisions to the guideline.
In this web conference, members of the ICH E6 EWG discussed the work-in-progress to develop principles and annexes for ICH E6 GCP (third version or E6(R3)) that are intended to be responsive across clinical trial types and settings and to remain relevant as technology and methodologies advance. The draft, work-in-progress principles that were made public by the ICH on April 19, 2021, are designed to be flexible and applicable to a broad range of clinical trials. View the principles on the ICH website. The EWG is not taking public comments on the principles at this stage. However, once the ICH E6 guideline achieves step 3 of the ICH guideline development process, the EWG will invite and consider public input.
The EWG also discussed its plans and approaches to update the guideline in general and its engagement efforts with a variety of stakeholders that greatly enriched the discussions of the EWG. As part of these continued efforts to engage with stakeholders, the web conference included presentations from stakeholders on their vision and aspiration for clinical trial design and conduct that are responsive to the needs of the community.