March 13, 2020

February 26, 2020


In 2017 and 2019, MDIC collected metrics in the first ever collaborative sharing of Sponsor administrative data. Average time from the site packet received at the site to first patient enrolled was improved from 320 days to 252 days thanks to improvements in IRB review cycles and more timely first patient enrollment. However, contract negotiations between sponsors and sites – and more specifically reaching agreement on a study budget – actually worsened from an average of 133 days to 164 days. Reaching agreement on a contract and budget, a purely administrative (yet, critical) task in clinical trial setup is taking nearly six months in back and forth between sponsors and sites thereby delaying the actual performance of the clinical study.

MDIC has collaborated in two workshops with Baylor Scott & White Research Institute to develop an EFS Master Clinical Trial Agreement (MCTA) template to help sponsors and sites streamline this aspect of contracting. EFS Study Sponsors who have used the agreement report that contract negotiations based on the MDIC MCTA template have enabled some contract negotiations to be completed in as little as a month – a dramatic improvement.

MDIC sought to bring the same effort on improving the efficiency of sponsor-site budget negotiations as has been demonstrated in contracting. Budget negotiations are consistently troublesome and rank the highest of issues to address to streamline EFS studies going forward. On February 26, 2020 in Arlington, VA, MDIC led a workshop of leading sponsors and sites with extensive EFS experience to share EFS budgeting best practices and roundtable discussions to identify concrete improvement steps that can be taken.

The objectives for the one-day workshop were:

• Share leading sponsor and leading site best practices for timely and efficient EFS budget negotiations
• Consolidate these best practices and determine as a group those approaches that will make the biggest differences across the landscape of sites and sponsors
• Establish a working group from interested participants who want to standardize budgeting approaches and communicate them throughout the medical device clinical trial ecosystem

Workshop Materials:

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Individual Event Materials:

Conclusions & Next Steps | Chip Hance, Jaime Walkowiak, Liliana Rincon-Gonzalez


Full Event PDF Packet:


February 26, 2020

The NESTcc Methods Framework is applicable to many different data sources and defines the key components of a study protocol for the evaluation of medical devices.

The document promotes overall study design, outlining principles to follow and evidentiary requirements for core elements including disease and device information, target population and patient selection, study outcomes and procedures, sample size, monitoring and statistical analysis.

February 26, 2020

The NESTcc Data Quality Framework focuses primarily on the use of EHR data in the clinical care setting, and considers topics including data governance, characteristics, capture, transformation, and curation.

Within the framework, the NESTcc Data Quality Maturity Model addresses the varying stages of an organization’s capacity to support these domains, which allows collaborators to indicate progress toward achieving optimal data quality.

January 7, 2020

Parkinson’s patients Margaret Sheehan and Anne Cohn Donnelly, who participated as Patient Scientists on the MDIC Patient Centered Outcomes Research project team along with representatives from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and MIT, provide their perspectives on how clinical researchers can best engage with patients in this white paper.

December 9, 2019
Catch Up on the Latest Edition of EFS Express!

The EFS Express is a periodical eblast created to provide updates on the EFS Site Network Pilot along with educational materials. Past editions of the EFS Express can be found below.

December 3, 2019

This white paper is the result of a collaborative effort of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), the medical device industry, strategy consultants, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It brings together their perspectives and cultural and procedural best practices across various industries to recast the Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) process as a continuous improvement process and to design a less burdensome process that drives higher product quality and improved patient safety. The paper summarizes the initial findings and recommendations developed by the joint team, including a proposed framework for risk-based improvement. We recommend that industry participants test the framework in a live pilot. This paper does not constitute advocacy or lobbying or present recommendations on policy or political matters. Moreover, although FDA representatives on the program team are supportive of the framework, this paper does not represent conclusions or policy changes by the agency.

November 19, 2018
November 19, 2018

2017 Program Summary of the work that MDIC facilitated with sponsors to analyze EFS performance metrics.

November 19, 2018

This Resource contains tools and best practices focused on those clinical trial agreement (CTA) clauses identified as the most time-consuming to negotiate, and accounts for considerations unique to EFS trials including: the novel nature of device; procedural advancements, such as surgical technique or sample acquisition; and EFS-specific (vs. other trials) clinical operations.

Published in October 2017