Examples of Reportable Safety Events

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Checklist: Examples of Reportable Safety Events

  1. Adverse Events - Adverse events are events that are undesirable and unintended, although not necessarily unexpected, effect of the research occurring in human subjects as a result of (a) the interventions and interactions used in the research; or (b) the collection of identifiable private information under the research. Only adverse events that have been determined by the researchers to be unexpected, related and placing the subjects at risk of harm should be reported. IND Safety reports generally do not meet these criteria unless accompanied by a summary and analysis supporting the determination that the report places the subjects or others at risk of harm. 
  2. Information that indicates a change to the risks or potential benefits of the research. For example: an interim analysis or safety monitoring report indicates that frequency or magnitude of harms or benefits may be different than initially presented to the IRB or a paper is published from another study that shows that the risks or potential benefits of the research may be different than initially presented to the IRB.
  3. A breach of confidentiality such as theft of a laptop or thumb drive that contains identifiable research data.
  4. A change in FDA labeling or withdrawal from marketing of a drug, device, or biologic used in a research protocol.
  5. Any change to the protocol taken without prior IRB review to eliminate an apparent immediate hazard to a research participant.
  6. Incarceration of a participant in a protocol not approved to enroll prisoners.
  7. Any event that requires prompt reporting to the sponsor or sponsor imposed suspension for risk.
  8. Any complaint of a participant when the complaint indicates unexpected risks or cannot be resolved by the research team.
  9. Any protocol deviation that harmed participants or others or that indicates participants or others may be at increased risk of harm.
  10. Unanticipated adverse device effect i.e. any serious adverse effect on health or safety or any life-threatening problem or death caused by, or associated with, a device, if that effect, problem, or death was not previously identified in nature, severity, or degree of incidence in the investigational plan or application (including a supplementary plan or application), or any other unanticipated serious problem associated with a device that relates to the rights, safety, or welfare of subjects.