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The Do's and Don'ts of Define.xml

December 10, 2018

Define.xml is "arguably the most important part of the electronic dataset submission for regulatory review,” according to The FDA’s Technical Conformance Guide. It helps reviewers gain familiarity with study data, its origins and derivations, as well as sponsor-specific implementation of CDISC standards.


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FDA Validator Rules 1.3 Released

November 12, 2018

Last week, FDA published an updated version of Validator Rules for study data. There are many changes which we have reviewed and summarized for you.

The first change you’ll notice is that there are a number of new columns:

  • FDA Validator Rule ID – a unique rule id that is now consistent across FDA, PMDA, and Pinnacle 21
  • FDA Validator Message – validation messages produced by the Validator
  • Publisher – the source of the business or conformance rule, FDA or CDISC

The FDA list now includes the conformance rules published by CDISC, which is the why the list has grown by 317 rules, from 163 to 480. The CDISC rule ids can be found in the Publisher ID column.

Next, the FDA added a reference to SEND-IG 3.1 to show how existing business and conformance rules apply to this standard. CDISC is still working on the conformance rules for SEND-IG 3.0 and 3.1, so this list could serve as a guide for implementers for the time being.

So how does this release effect you?

What’s New in Enterprise 3.4

May 17, 2018

With the latest Pinnacle 21 Enterprise 3.4 release, we continue to bring efficiencies to your data standardization and compliance efforts. This release features a number of new enhancements and compliance checks that you have been asking for. This release also marks the formal roll-out of our new customer-centric initiative and a dedicated Customer Success Team.

We recently hosted a webinar presenting the new features. You can watch the video, access the slides, review the Q&A, or read the summary below.


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Pinnacle 21 Announces Platform Updates - Fall 2016

September 27, 2016

With the December 17th deadline drawing near, we are happy to announce several important and timely updates to our platform.

The FDA mandate goes into effect in only 80 days, at which point all new submissions will be required in standardized, electronic format. These new Pinnacle 21 tools will help you meet those demands quickly and confidently.

What’s new:

Validate Analysis Results Metadata (ARM)

Analysis Results Metadata provides traceability from results in a statistical display to the data in the analysis datasets. It helps regulatory reviewers understand and reproduce analysis results, which is why both FDA and PMDA are interested in ARM being included in Define.xml. Now you can ensure that your ARM metadata is compliant and ready for submission.

How to Prepare a Study Data Standardization Plan (SDSP) for FDA

July 25, 2016

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December 17, 2016, is less than five months away.

As we all know by now, studies starting on or after that date must be submitted to the Food & Drug Administration electronically. They must also utilize the most-recent FDA-acknowledged version of data standards.

To support the latter point, FDA is requesting that sponsors submit a Study Data Standardization Plan (SDSP) as part of the IND application.

With time running out quickly, two big questions have taken on a new urgency:

How does Pinnacle 21 implement ADaM validation checks?

March 9, 2016

Have you ever wondered how Pinnacle 21 implements rules for ADaM validation? Below is a list of commonly asked questions.

  1. Does Pinnacle 21 implement the validation checks published by CDISC?

    Yes, Pinnacle 21 rules are an implementation of CDISC validation checks. In fact, P21's Michael DiGiantomasso and Sergiy Sirichenko are both active members of the CDISC ADaM Compliance subteam. Since 2011, the subteam produced 4 versions of CDISC validation checks, with Pinnacle 21 supporting the industry by releasing 7 updates to the open source rule implementations. This close collaboration between Pinnacle 21 developers, ADaM team core members, and representatives from across the industry is what makes it possible to continuously improve rule definitions and implementations.
  2. Why do the message text and rule counts differ?

    CDISC check definitions are designed to serve as requirements to machine implementation, "a programmable test, written such that an affirmative response represents a failure of the requirement. This text is intended for use as a requirement specification which could be implemented in a variety of programming languages". P21's rule messages and descriptions, on the other hand, are designed for the end user to help them quickly identify and fix the cause of validation issue.

Are You 100% Ready for FDA Submission?

March 7, 2016

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In late 2014, the FDA announced that, starting December 17, 2016, all new clinical and nonclinical studies must be submitted electronically and contain data in conformance with the standards specified in FDA’s Data Catalog. This is part of an effort to accelerate the regulatory review process.

At the time of this writing, that deadline is only nine months away. So, the big question looms: Are you 100% ready for FDA submission? Because when December 17th comes, any doubt you have may represent a risk of slowing down the review process. More importantly, you’ll be missing out on an opportunity to get your new drug to market faster than ever before.