MCC Study Quality Trailblazer Team

Meeting Schedule:

2nd Wednesday of the month, 10-11am EST
Registration links available on Upcoming Meetings Webpage in MCC Members Portal



The Metrics Champion Consortium (MCC) is leading an initiative for change. The MCC Study Quality Trailblazer Team (a Risk and Quality Management Support Group) will help member organizations who are interested in working with other members to set an example for the rest of the industry by demonstrating that investing time and resources up front can yield higher quality clinical study performance at a lower cost than fixing quality issues during the study.

Members of the MCC Study Quality Trailblazer Team will focus on establishing and implementing performance metrics and procedures in their organizations that produce high quality protocols, better identify and reduce risks before the start of a study, and better oversee risks during the study. This member-only collaborative group will be supported by the broader MCC community of MCC Ambassadors, Solution Providers and MCC staff. Team members will help one another blaze a trail by establishing a new pathway to clinical study quality. We will also collaboratively develop solutions to the challenges that members voiced in a recent poll (see white paper).

Team is exploring:

  • How to gain buy-in for implementing organizational changes that emphasize study quality over study start dates.
  • Measuring the cost of quality (investment and return) and the cost of non-quality (cost of amendments, preventable issues).
  • Planning for the use of protocol assessments (prior to final protocol) and study risk assessments (with time to reduce risks prior to study start).
  • The qualifications and responsibilities to lead a study quality initiative.
  • Selecting the right roles to participate in protocol and risk assessments.
  • Choosing the right study(s) to pilot the initiative.
  • The tool(s) available to help manage protocol and risk assessments.
  • Creating oversight across portfolios of protocols to look for trends.
  • Metrics to help determine whether the pre-startup investment has yielded studies of “higher quality”.

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