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Navigating the New Normal: CTTI Announces Playbook on Best Practices for Conducting Trials During COVID-19


As the world adapts to the COVID-19 pandemic, CTTI is leading the charge to help the clinical trials ecosystem evolve and move forward. Since March 2020, CTTI conducted a series of initiatives to help the research community successfully navigate the challenges associated with adjusting trials that were underway when the pandemic hit. These initiatives and resulting best practices are captured in a new playbook, Best Practices for Conducting Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  


CTTI gathered experiences and learnings from across the clinical trials ecosystem via public surveys and discussions, and communicated these findings during two CTTI-hosted webinars. These efforts extrapolated best practices for conducting clinical trials with new FDA guidance on COVID-19, as well as solutions to help investigators shift to remote and virtual visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Through this initial work when the pandemic first hit, CTTI identified eight essential best practices on how to conduct clinical trials during the pandemic. These key points, fully outlined in the new COVID-19 playbook, recommend that stakeholders:


  1. Keep participants informed
  2. Perform outgoing risk-benefit assessment
  3. Communicate with IRBs and regulatory authorities
  4. Adjust new study starts and enrollment based on risk
  5. Pivot to remote study visits
  6. Switch to remote monitoring
  7. Be flexible
  8. Document everything with COVID-19 tags

The new document provides detailed information on how stakeholders can best integrate these important recommendations into their ongoing clinical trials while providing several additional resources to fully support these efforts. This comprehensive resource will help researchers adapt to the changing clinical trial landscape and continue to conduct successful studies during the pandemic.