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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FDA Q&A Updates
July 6, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration added content to the question-and-answer appendix in its guidance titled “Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.” This guidance is intended for industry, investigators and institutional review boards.

Updates May 12, 2020: The updated guidance includes new content with considerations for using alternate laboratories or imaging centers, holding trial participant visits via video conference, and conducting required postmarketing clinical trials. The guidance also includes updated information about managing protocol deviations and amendments to ongoing trials, and about consulting with FDA regarding administering investigational product infusions at home rather than at the clinical trial site.

Updates June 3, 2020: The updated guidance has a new question-and-answer on Part 11 compliance for electronic systems that are used to generate electronic signatures on clinical trial records. The guidance cites the COVID MyStudies App as an example of an electronic method for obtaining informed consent securely when face-to-face contact is not possible. In addition, the guidance further expands on an existing question-and-answer about remote clinical outcomes assessments (COAs) to include four types of COAs: performance outcomes, interview-based clinician-reported outcomes, patient-reported outcomes, and observer-reported outcomes.

Updates July 6, 2020: The updated guidance clarifies two previously suggested methods for obtaining informed consent from a hospitalized patient in isolation. In addition, the guidance includes a new question-and-answer regarding how to obtain informed consent from a prospective trial participant in certain circumstances where the enrollment timeframe is limited and the patient can receive a copy of an informed consent document electronically but cannot sign it electronically or print it out for signature. The guidance also clarifies recommendations on documenting details when using video conferencing for trial visits.

You can access the guidance in English here

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