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Essential documentation serves to demonstrate the compliance of the investigators, Sponsors, monitors/CROs, and IRBs with the current regulatory requirements and ICH GCP standards. Techniques on how to develop best practices and meet all applicable regulatory requirements will be discussed.

This session will cover various types of essential documentation, subject specific and non-subject specific, for clinical trials involving drugs, biologics and medical devices trials.

The course will help define what should be maintained at a research site and Sponsors to promote adequate and accurate documentation in compliance with current regulatory requirements. Current regulatory requirements and guidelines for records/reports handling, storage and retention will be discussed.


This session will cover the regulatory requirements for biomedical investigational products such as drugs, biologics, and devices. Intended for those interested in regulatory affairs or in the clinical evaluation, development, manufacture, testing and/or commercialization of these products.

Provided is an in-depth review of relevant FDA regulations and guidelines and links these to the scientific and logistical activities involved in taking a biomedical product from clinical research point to the market.


  • Discuss essential documentation for drugs, biologics and devices
  • Describe the significance of document management in clinical research
  • Learn how to set up, maintain and manage a document system that meets regulatory standards
  • Understand the role of auditors, and learn how to archive documentation and prepare for a quality assurance (QA) audit or regulatory inspection


  • Define clinical research essential documentation
  • Review the GCP requirements for essential documents
  • Determine essential subject and non-subject specific documentation requirements per trial


  • Regulatory Affairs Professionals
  • Medical Affairs
  • Project Managers
  • Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) involved in Planning, Monitoring, Execution of Trials and Responsible for Clinical Trial
  • Reporting
  • Grant Managers
  • Principal Investigators


Marina Malikova, Ph.D., MSci, MA, CCRA, RAC - Executive Director, Surgical Translational Research: Operations and Compliance.

Dr. Malikova has over 20 years of experience in the clinical research field. She has managed Phase I – IV studies involving investigational drugs, devices and biologics. She has worked on Industry-sponsored and Investigator-initiated trials in the fields of Surgery, Cancer Diagnostics and Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Malikova graduated from the Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Science, in Moscow, Russia with a PhD in Biochemistry. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigation and Project Management Certification from Boston University.

In her current role as Executive Director, Dr. Malikova manages research efforts in 13 divisions of the Department of Surgery at Boston Medical Center. She is responsible for clinical trials and basic biomedical research operations, quality assurance, risk management, safety monitoring, strategic planning, and macro-management of research programs. She provides guidance and oversight to the Project Managers, Clinical Research Associates (CRAs), Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs), and laboratory staff. She advises faculty/staff on protocol and informed consent writing; assists with BU IRB applications and submissions; provides oversight for data user agreements, cost coverage analysis and budgets development, contracts and licensing for clinical research; and ensures compliance.

Dr. Malikova has 10 years of teaching experience as an Instructor for Clinical and Biomedical Sciences Program, Metropolitan College. She has developed and taught several courses such as: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials, Drug Development, Introductory Pharmacology, Clinical Trials Management at Boston University, School of Medicine.

She also served as an Instructor of the Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) course for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Investigation, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, Boston University, School of Medicine since Summer, 2012.

Dr. Malikova is a member of Association for Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), Drug Information Association (DIA), Regulatory Association Professionals Society (RAPS) and European Society of Radiology (ESR). Currently, she is serving as an Editor for SAGE publishing group and National Institute of Health (NIH) reviewer for grants and clinical trial proposals.

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