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Investigator Responsibilities: Industry Sponsored Trials is a Course

Investigator Responsibilities: Industry Sponsored Trials

0.75 credits


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The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) and Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC-CTSI) have collaborated to provide free, high quality educational programs for clinical research professionals at novice to expert levels of experience. At the completion of each course or program, participants earn contact hours recognized by a certificate and/or badge.


The first course in a 6-part series, examines selected updates from the “E6(R2): Good Clinical Practice: Integrated Addendum to ICH E6(R1): Guidance for Industry applicable to industry-sponsored trials” specific to industry-sponsored trials.  Updated topics from the addendum include: resources, records and reports, quality management, trial management, data handling and recordkeeping.


  1. E6(R2): Good Clinical Practice: Integrated Addendum to ICH (International Council for Harmonisation) E6(R1): Guidance for Industry (
      • Adequate Resources (4.2)
      • Records and Reports (4.9)
    • SPONSORS (5)
      • Quality Management (5.0)
      • Trial Management, Data Handling, and Record Keeping (5.5)
      • Monitoring Plan (5.18)


Nancy Smerkanich, DRScMS, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Smerkanich received her faculty appointment after successfully completing her Doctoral Dissertation on “Benefits Risk Frameworks –Implementation in Industry” in 2015.  In addition to teaching in courses related to drug development and clinical trials, she continues to provide regulatory guidance to industry peers. Nancy brings many years of practical regulatory knowledge and experience to academia where she participated in all regulatory aspects of product development, having served as Regulatory Liaison, US Agent, and Global Regulatory Lead across all therapeutic areas. Known for her dedication to education and mentoring across industry, Nancy continues to be recognized for her ability to provide accurate, relevant and dynamic instruction on both the technical and strategic aspects of global regulatory affairs and for her service to professional organizations such as the Drug Information Association (DIA) and The Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA). With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Smerkanich has participated in all regulatory aspects of drug development, having served as Regulatory Liaison, US Agent, and Global Regulatory Lead across all therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Octagon, Dr. Smerkanich held various Regulatory Affairs positions within industry, including nine years at Merck and seven years as an independent consultant. Dr. Smerkanich holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from USC and Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian from the University of Connecticut. 


This session is designed for Clinical Research Associates or Clinical Research Coordinators in academia, clinics, hospitals, industry, or CRO with at least 3 years of clinical research experience.  Individuals should be experienced with research study coordination, IRB submission process, budgeting, research compliance, recruiting, enrolling, financial management, data collection and analysis. 

Learner Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours:

Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded  0.75 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours from ENPDC.

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