Overview: The principal objective in a new drug development program is to assess the benefit / risk ratio. Learn what the risk information is that must be collected, documented and reported accurately. Learn why the single most important function of the Principal Investigator and the study conduct team is the awareness, assessment, and management of Adverse Events occurring during the conduct of clinical research with drugs or devices utilizing human subjects.
AE's are one of the key ways the Clinical Investigator has of monitoring the safety of subjects or patients in her/his charge. To obtain 'commonality' in reporting, investigative sites require familiarity with one of the Adverse Event Terminology systems. As codified in 21 CFR 312.64(b), an investigator shall promptly report to the sponsor any adverse event that may reasonably be regarded as caused by, or probably caused by, the drug.
See Why determining the relationship between the study drug and an AE requires a practiced power of observation & great care (good medical judgment).