TL20: Avoiding Bias by Outsourcing
*Bill Coar, Axio Research 

Keywords: CRO, DMC, IDMC, DSMB, Adjucation, Bias

The focus of this round table is to discuss reducing potential bias when supporting functions that require independence such as event adjudication and Data Monitoring Committees. With the increased use of adaptive designs and increased reliance on full service CROs comes an increase in potential for bias. Of particular interest is the question of whether or not CROs should outsource to other CROs to assure independence when independence is critical for maintaining study integrity.