Clinical Trial Quality Training Series - Monitoring of a Clinical Trial Site

Background: Study monitoring is an essential and routine quality function in industry-sponsored trials. However, access to high quality study monitoring is often lacking in investigator-initiated trials conducted in academic medical centers. Indeed, two separate surveys of research professionals in Southern California revealed that only about 65% reported monitoring in their investigator-initiated trials. Similar results were found at poll of attendees at a national ACRP meeting and TIN online forum. Findings from literature and web-based searches revealed that although numerous GCP training resources seem to be available, most are not readily accessible because they often require fees or institutional affiliations. Moreover, trainings often lack the practical approaches to meet the complex requirements of monitoring. Many academic, government, and private institutions have voiced an interest in accessible tools that can help to ensure quality management in clinical trials.


About the New Module: This new training module includes templates for study monitoring plans and reports, as well as SOPs and checklists for conducting monitoring visits. It is the first of a trio of resources for ensuring quality of clinical trials. Future modules will include "Auditing of a Clinical Trial Site" and "Site Readiness for an FDA Inspection".



  1. Go to the following site:
  2. Create new account (located on the right side)
  3. Type in your details and click Create my new account (bottom of page)
  4. Open your email used to create the account
  5. Click the link to confirm your account
  6. Click Continue
  7. Scroll down (a little) and click Clinical Trial Monitoring
  8. Click Enroll Me
Regulations & Compliance
Ethics & Safety
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Learning Objectives

The intended audience for this module is all research personnel; we believe it is especially useful for CRC professional development. Even if you are not a monitor, understanding monitoring concepts will help you ensure data integrity and human subjects protection in trials you help coordinate/manage.

SC-CTSI is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) , a national network funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) . Under the mandate of “Translating Science into Solutions for Better Health,” SC-CTSI provides a wide range of services, funding, and education for researchers and promotes online collaboration tools such as USC Health Sciences Profiles. This work was supported by grants UL1TR001855 and UL1TR000130.
Target Learners
Principal Investigators
Clinical Research Professionals
Health Care Professionals
Delivery Method
On demand